Reject The Proposal To Bypass The Electoral College!

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Reject The Proposal To Bypass The Electoral College!

Dear Friend,

A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. 

The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted.  When enough states pass this law -- sufficient to cast 270 votes for the a majority of the Electoral College -- it will take effect.

The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.
    
So far, nine states and D.C. -- casting 136 electoral votes -- have joined -- half way to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect.  The ratifying states are: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, DC, Vermont, California, and Rhode Island. 

Both houses in New York have passed it and it's on Governor Cuomo's desk.

And, it has already passed one house in:  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon.   These states, plus New York represent 107 votes.  Combined with the others they are up to 242 votes.  They need 270.

Who is pushing this?

All of the ratifying voted for Obama as did eight of the ten one house states.

The Movement is funded, in part, by the Center for Voting and Democracy, a George Soros-funded election group.

Essentially, it is an end run around the regular constitutional amending process.  Rather than get a two-thirds majority of each house of Congress and three-quarters of the states, this proposal would take effect when a simple majority approve it.

Why are Democrats pushing this plan?

Democrats usually see a smaller percentage of their people go to the polls than Republicans do.

Under the electoral vote system, they figure why beat the drums to get a high turnout in New York City when the state will go Democrat anyway?  But, if it's the popular vote that matters, the big city machines can do their thing -- with devastating impact.

And think of the chances for voter fraud!  Right now, the biggest cities, the ones most firmly in Democratic control (e.g. Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.) are all solidly in blue states.  Not only does this make it unnecessary to maximize turnouts there, but it also makes it unnecessary to promote double voting, fraudulent voting, and all the other tricks of the trade at which Democrats excel.

But if the popular vote determines who will be the next president, we can bet that the machines will be out in force lining up voters, real and phony, to pad their statistics.
    
Some Republicans, particularly in non-swing states, are inclined to back the proposal simply so that they get their fair share of attention.  They are tired of delegating to Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, et al the power to choose the president.  And they can't remember when a candidate for that office last favored their state with his presence.

But don't let our Attention Deficit Disorder lead us to give away the store.  The popular vote is what the Democrats do best.  Fighting them on it is, in Winston Churchill's words, "like going into the water to fight the shark."

Republicans need to kill this proposal and they better get busy doing it.  Some small states are backing it because they are tired of all the attention being focused on swing states.  But Republicans must stand firm and not yield to the temptation to back it.

How can we stop the Democrats from ravaging our political system?  The key battles are coming up in Arkansas and North Carolina.  In both states, one house has passed the Compact.  We need to stand firm in these two red states and block the Compact from taking effect.  Republicans in Minnesota and Wisconsin, both blue states, need to stop ratification in their states.

And, Republicans should focus on stopping the second house from ratification in those states where only one house has acted.

Our democracy depends on it.

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Thanks,

Dick Morris

 

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Anybody who knows anything about the Constitution knows that the Electoral College was a major compromise to form the union. Smaller states were fearful of larger states totally "running the show." The Constitution has a built-in mechanism for change. Obviously, any attempt to circumvent that mechanism is truly the definition of "Un-American"!!
Need to follow the constitution
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In the 1991 National Defense Auth Act, congress issued the following directive (aka federal law) to all the military services: "None of the funds appropriated in this Act may be used to fill the commander's position at any military medical facility with a medical doctor unless the prospective candidate is a trained professional (healthcare) administrator.” To keep physicians “in power”, the AFMS response to this directive was to create a 2-week seminar, which introduces the attendee to a superficial overview of administrative/business topics in a medical enterprise. At the seminar’s conclusion, the attendee is deemed "a trained professional administrator". As a comparison, the credentials considered to be the standard for a trained professional healthcare administrator include a master’s degree in administration, several years’ experience, then sitting for a board certification exam certifying the person is competent as a healthcare executive. It’s the equivalent of a physician’s credentials for their specialty.



In the decades since, AFMS physician leaders continued to manipulate the career track structure in the AFMS to prevent non-docs from attaining the most senior jobs, all of which are administrative. Eventually, the AF leadership ensured all 4 of the non-physician Corps had one star for the senior person in each of those Corps. The other dozen general billets have been jealously protected by physicians, though there is no requirement for the incumbent to be a doc. Additionally, AFMS physicians abandoned diversity in their own Corps (medical corps). No physician women on active duty have ever been selected for flag rank, and only one African American physician achieved flag rank, in the mid-1990s. It’s been an all-white men’s club since inception of the AF. All the other AFMS officer corps have had women and/or minorities achieve flag rank, for the sole billet each has at flag rank.



How does this impact the tax payer? The AFMS currently has about 600 clinical professionals in administrative jobs. The hundreds of physicians in those jobs are still getting their $80K+ professional bonuses, even though they’re not in patient-care roles. Meanwhile, the AFMS has to hire contract and/or civil service docs to fill blue-suit physician vacancies, or, send the patients downtown for care. So you, the tax payers, are paying the nearly $200K in salary/bonus