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Remember Lincoln’s clever observation, “You can fool some of the people...”, etc.? When it comes to the current public debate over the Electoral College, I would say the argument FOR it goes, “You can fool some of the states all of the time, and all of the states some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the states all of the time.” Simplest reason for the electoral college: no single state is entitled to an effective veto. We are a union of states, not individuals. This is the very basis of our representative government. The name of the country is still The United States Of America, not The United Persons of America. You might try to argue that the USA is a country more culturally homogenous now than 200 years ago and that the notion of any American state constituting a “people” in some meaningful way distinct from that of another state is absurdly antiquated. Yes, the same moronic reality shows are playing in all 50 states, and the supermarket cereal shelves look pretty much the same everywhere, but nobody who’s been at least a shade beyond a stupor lately can be oblivious to the monumental political and cultural divides between not only individual Americans but regions and states. Presidential election by popular vote, whether constitutionally instituted or gerryrigged by petulant state legislators, would paint a veneer of uniformity over all those differences—changing nothing under the surface (ominously) but promoting a nauseous, illiberal, Leftist illusion of universal conformity. Hey, how about a bit of Diversity, anyone? I THOUGHT that was a cherished liberal value. Hopefully, the state legislatures now passing laws to mandate that their electors vote for the winner of the national popular vote will be defeated in the courts, on the firmest of constitutional grounds, for conspiring to disenfranchise their citizens. Imagine you lived in a state whose citizens (including you) voted overwhelmingly for Candidate A, but because Candidate B won the national vote your state’s electors were legally bound to vote for B. Add this to the scenario: if Candidate A actually GOT all the electoral votes due him/her under the present College system, he/she would indeed be, as Trump was in 2016, the next president. But no, because your state went rogue, your vote (the WINNING vote in your state!) doesn’t merely lose—it’s REVERSED. Feeling a bit disenfranchised, maybe? Aka “ripped off”? Someone will object, “Tough! Clinton voters were ripped off in 2016, so welcome to the club, fella. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Sometimes ya win, sometimes ya lose.” Sorry, Charlie. Bogus as all get-out. Actually, if my hypothetical Charlie properly took his own retort to heart, he wouldn’t be throwing such a reactionary fit right now over that big bad wolf the Electoral College. I, after all, am not the one trying to throw the chess board out the window in a snit over losing the last match. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose”... indeed! And WHEN you lose, you don’t, if you’re a grown-up, scream that the chess rules were rigged all along. Nobody was “ripped off” in 2016. Trump won according to the rules of the Electoral College, not by ditching the rules just because you lost. In the opposite case, had Clinton won the electoral vote though losing the popular one, I’d be making ZERO noise about ditching the Electoral College. Because the principle far deeper than this knee-jerk, instant-gratification, retroactive-wish-fulfillment fix of tossing the College is this: as stated above, we are a union of states, not individuals. Plus, at least for now, until and unless we amend the constitution, the Electoral College is By The Book; it’s the rules, the covenant, the guarantor of every state’s fair representation at the national table. There’s another, chilling, prospect attached to this ostensible movement (the “movement” seems limited for now to myopic 2016 loser states that can’t envision their electors EVER needing to reverse THEIR enlightened citizenries’ choice, so it promises only win-win as far as they can see, which isn’t far at all; the “movement” hasn’t, for obvious reasons, spread to the states that would have had, following the new line, to BETRAY their own popular votes in 2016). The chilling prospect is precisely the (regrettably clichéd but supremely apt) “chilling effect” this would have on the national vote. No primer example than 2016. Assume it’s all been agreed: the national popular vote clinches it. Either there’s no Electoral College anymore or it’s just a rubber stamp legally bound to ratify the popular vote. So there you are, a voter inclined toward Trump in, say, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, for that matter, even Texas or Alaska. All the polls are saying Clinton has got it nailed down, no way Trump can beat her popularly (as in fact he didn’t). you go vote? For what? California and New York make you and your vote completely pointless. Even if Trump wins your state, your state is STILL going to vote for Clinton, if there’s even still a sham of an Electoral College left. So why vote? The popular vote, in conspiracy with the opinion polls, in conspiracy with the Entertainment-News Complex, in conspiracy with the HollyCratic Party, has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It was exactly the demon of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy that was so staggeringly exorcised in 2016. It happened because Trump-voters had a real, however slim it seemed, reason to vote. Their reason to vote was the Electoral College, and the voice their states could bring to the table. Without that, they’d have had no hope or reason to vote in the brave new world of...The United Principate of New York and California. Which would have suited the Principate just dandy. And the Left speciously screeches “Disenfranchisement!!” just because we want to make sure every voter is a citizen and a citizen who votes just once. But the same tone-deaf, soullessly demagogic Left bats not an eye at the howling hypocrisy of it all as they oleaginously croon to us what a glorious era will dawn when the will of most states in these United States of America...Doesn’t. Matter. Anymore.
- Kenneth Sears   Apr 04, 2019
Oh, and you claim to be "fighting" for NH citizens? How does this "help" anybody living here in this State? Get back to legislating FOR our State and not FOR your party.
- Snaggle Tooths   Apr 03, 2019
Seriously NH Pols? You lose the election and this is your answer? Why are Democrats so bad at gracefully losing these days? If you can't beat'em, change the election laws of this country.... that is your answer? I am registered as an "I" but will never vote for another Democrat ever again.... EVER.
- Snaggle Tooths   Apr 03, 2019
No. The fact that they have so many possibilities economically that seem to have been squandered, we would end up carrying their debt burden, we have enough of our own.
- Roger Roome   Apr 01, 2019
Oil drilling can be stopped with the proper litigation. In 2008, oil and gas drilling was successfully stopped in Wyoming Wilderness areas. Those areas are now protected by the State government and will remain part of the nation’s wilderness system. Here is a link if anyone is interested in reading more about it.
- James Ross   Apr 01, 2019
Transgender surgery and the dangerous drugs (shorten life expectancy and forbode serious chronic health problems) used to change physical appearance do not change the sex chromosomes - XX for female and XY for male. So, you may look like the opposite sex, but that is a chromosome and DNA delusion. The desire to change one's gender is a mental illness and should be treated as such.
- robert peraino   Mar 31, 2019
The government, state and federal, needs to get out of healthcare and let the market work. Capitalism works for healthcare. It's government interference with rules, regulations and subsidies that have driven up the cost of healthcare. Let the buyer ask about cost of certain drugs, just as they do for cars, refrigerators, etc., and decide what to buy.
- robert peraino   Mar 31, 2019
Absolutely not. To do so would negate the votes of NH citizens. Such a law would convert the USA to a democracy, mob rule and spell the death of our republic.
- robert peraino   Mar 31, 2019
Absolutely not. To do so would negate the votes of NH citizens.
- robert peraino   Mar 31, 2019
Didn't I just hear the N.H. legislature is considering allowing illegal immigrants to receive drivers licenses? Anyone see a problem if that's the case? If so my answer is NO!
- Roger Roome   Mar 31, 2019


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