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  • The Electoral College.

  • America's unique way of picking her President.

  • For it or against it, you might want to know there's a plan to use

  • the Electoral College to subvert the Electoral College.

  • It's a sneaky plan and to understan(d), remember that:

  • while it feels like citizens pick the president in one big election,

  • they don't.

  • The 50 states pick the president.

  • Oh and, District of Columbia.

  • But not you, Puerto Rico -- come back when you're a state.

  • How the states come together and how they vote is what the Electoral College is.

  • Each state gets votes proportional to her population (plus two)

  • and is free to cast these votes however she wants.

  • Most look at how their citizens voted

  • and give all their Electoral College votes to the state-wide winner.

  • But they don't have to.

  • A couple states cast their votes proportional-ish to their citizens' preferences.

  • But states are free to vote however.

  • Including against the preferences of their citizens.

  • Let's make a note of that.

  • But back to this plus two, which is why some citizens *really* don't like the Electoral College.

  • The plus two means:

  • the states less populous produce preponderate presidential picking power per person.

  • At the extremes, some states get one vote per low hundred thousand people

  • and some states one vote per high hundred thousand.

  • This is how the Electoral College sometimes picks a president

  • that nationwide most citizens didn’t.

  • Because roughly 80% of the state votes are given by population and 20% aren't.

  • This is on purpose.

  • Dividing power between the levels of citizen, state, and federal is

  • (and was) a central point of the Constitution.

  • It's a Compromistitution.

  • So if you went back in time to when the states

  • were about to finalize the deal, yelling:

  • (as Future Grey) Don't sign that document. I'm from the future.

  • You're creating an Electoral College where votes for president

  • are distributed proportionally-ish not *perfectly proportionally*.

  • (as present-day narrator Grey) The reply would be:

  • (as New York girl) Yes, that's one of the many compromises we agreed upon.

  • (as Future Grey) But because of that sometimes a president will be elected with a minority of the popular vote!

  • (as New York girl) Yes.

  • (as Future Grey) But the people

  • (as Constitutional Convention) The people? You can't trust the people.

  • Do you think this Compromistitution is for a direct democracy lawl?

  • We're building a republic here.

  • (as Future Grey) Yes, I know but would you just look at this spreadsheet of improportion--?

  • (as New Hampshire girl) --How many states are there in the future?

  • (as Future Grey) 50… maybe 51 depending on how

  • (as New York girl) --Wow! What a tremendous success! Go Compromistitution!

  • (as Future Grey) No, can we focus--

  • (as New York girl) Do you even own land?

  • (as Future Grey) No

  • (as New York girl) Then why would we listen to you? Goodbye.

  • (as present-day narrator Grey) Thus the Electoral College is doing what it was designed to do

  • (totally on purpose)

  • and the Supreme Court has reaffirmed this.

  • So if you don't like the Electoral College, then tough noogies for you.

  • And if you do, then nothing to worry about.

  • The Electoral College, in a fortress of axiomatic constitutionality,

  • has survived for a thousand generations of this republic.

  • The only way to break through the front gate would be with a constitutional amendment.

  • But getting enough states to push on the same side of that gromulent tool

  • (while not theoretically impossible)

  • is legislatively improbable.

  • This is where the sneaky plan comes in.

  • (Did you forget about that? Don't worry, I got carried away.)

  • There is a back door that, if breached,

  • can turn the constitutional fortress protecting the Electoral College into a prison.

  • The sneaky plan is named: the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

  • It's a terrible name.

  • Probably on purpose to hide sneakiness behind boringness

  • as bureaucratic paperwork camouflage.

  • But I'm calling it NaPoVoInterCo.

  • Which is sort-of-not-really better, but whatever.

  • Here are the sneaky deets.

  • 1. Assume destroying the constitutional protections

  • of the Electoral College is impossible.

  • Point 2 is the note from before that,

  • States can cast their Electoral College votes however they want.

  • These are just facts.

  • But if a state signs on the dotted line, Point 3 is the big deal:

  • NaPoVoInterCo members agree to cast their Electoral College votes

  • for the candidate who gets the most votes from citizens nationwide.

  • This is theNational Popular Votein NaPoVoInterCo.

  • The idea behind 2 plus 3 is to make it impossible to have a president

  • most of the citizens didn't vote for.

  • A state would look not only at the result in her borders,

  • but the results nationwide, and vote that way.

  • Which is all fine and dandy if the state citizens voted

  • with the majority anyway.

  • But if they didn't, well, you can see a flaw with the plan.

  • Any singular state assaulting the Electoral College on her own,

  • carrying votes against her own citizens,

  • it's political suicide from without and within.

  • So the plan, had it only three points,

  • is something no state would agree to, requiring one last sneak.

  • Point 4.

  • The plan does not go into effect until enough states, with enough votes

  • to control the Electoral College as a block, join.

  • So, as states sign up,

  • the total number of Electoral College votes they control goes up.

  • But nothing happens.

  • Elections pass and states still vote the traditional way,

  • while recruiting allies to the cause.

  • (as Electoral College) What are you guys up to over there?

  • (as NaPoVoInterCo girls) Oh us? Nothing.

  • Just chilling. Just hanging out.

  • (as present-day narrator Grey) But once a controlling majority of Electoral College votes is reached,

  • Point 4 is satisfied and

  • -- when it's time for the next election --

  • CHARGE!

  • All together, all at once, in through the back,

  • the Electoral College is captured.

  • The fortress is now a prison.

  • From this moment on, the NaPoVoInterCo block promises

  • the candidate who gets the most citizen votes nationwide

  • gets their controlling majority and becomes the president.

  • Without amending the Constitution,

  • the Electoral College has become totally pointless

  • by using its protection of state's rights to vote however they want,

  • into the vital tool to functionally remove state votes entirely,

  • making the presidential election into one not of states, but of citizens.

  • And there's no problem with this plan at all.

  • Except, of course the instant this popular coup occurred,

  • states outside the compact will storm the Supreme Court,

  • who will then be forced to deal with everyone yelling

  • all at once about the future of how the president will be elected.

  • Which will be amazing to watch,

  • no matter which side the gavel of constitutional interpretation comes down upon.

  • That's the plan.

  • It's been around for a while That's the plan.

  • It's been around for a while

  • and has enough confirmed signatures

  • to be more than half way to the trigger point.

  • And in theory, enough states have laws

  • currently pending in their legislatures, that if passed,

  • would put NaPoVoInterCo into action for the next election.

  • Though, of course, it's easier to agree to things

  • while theyre far away and uncertain to happen

  • and the reality of voting against your citizens merely theoretical.

  • So it may be much more difficult to get the final triggering two percent

  • than the promised first forty nine.

  • But the Electoral College, for it or against it,

  • the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is the sneaky plan to use it to subvert it.

  • [jaunty swing music continues]

The Electoral College.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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