Posts Tagged ‘ Federalism ’

Fred Thompson abandons the Constitution

Fred Thompson abandons the Constitution

Tweet In a shocking twist, ex-Senator Fred Thompson has joined the effort to abolish the Electoral College. He claims that the National Popular Vote movement is “totally consistent with our constitutional principles.” I like Thompson. I voted for him in the 2008 presidential primaries. But his endorsement of NPV simply cannot be reconciled with...
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Will Texas Legislators Drink NPV Kool-Aid?

Will Texas Legislators Drink NPV Kool-Aid?

Tweet Perhaps you wouldn’t expect Texas to join an effort to eliminate the Electoral College.  In fact, you may find such an idea to be ludicrous and a bit far-fetched. Unfortunately, a California-based group is working hard to prove you wrong. Indeed, its proponents are in the state today, making a pitch to the...
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What is “National Popular Vote”?

What is “National Popular Vote”?

Tweet The Electoral College was one of the least controversial provisions of the original Constitution. The state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States gives each state a number of Electoral Votes equal to the sum of their U.S. Representatives and Senators (and Washington, D.C., gets three). Nearly all states award all...
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Posted in Delaware (3), Electoral College, Massachusetts (11), New York (29), NPV/Koza, Who is John Koza? | 15 Comments »

The “Inter-government” Threat to Federalism

The “Inter-government” Threat to Federalism

Tweet The “separation of powers” is one of the hallmarks of American government. It works horizontally and vertically: governmental power is separated into different branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) and into different layers (state, local, and national). These structures are built into state and federal constitutional law. Their raison d’être is to protect liberty....
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NPV’s Frivolous Polling

NPV’s Frivolous Polling

Tweet As I walked through the Wisconsin State Capitol last week talking with legislators and legislative staff, I saw the effects of citizens in action. Throughout the day, radio stations were alerting listeners about the bill. Several legislative staff members told me that calls and emails were coming in strong–and strongly against NPV. The...
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National Popular Vote and the Constitution

National Popular Vote and the Constitution

Tweet “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress….” (Article II, Section 1) How did this constitutional provision become the NPV loophole? Hundreds of attempts to...
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Saving Maine from NPV

Saving Maine from NPV

Tweet Even my short stay in the Newark Airport was a reminder how different parts of America can be … well, different. New Jersey is distinct from Washington State and Massachusetts, the states on either end of my flights this morning. Think about just how vast and diverse is our nation, our United States....
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Co-opting our states

Co-opting our states

Tweet Freedom, the American Founders believed, is best preserved by a separation of powers. The division of government power among different branches and different levels was thought to provide a bulwark to liberty. The combination of powers in one center was, said John Adams, “the very definition of tyranny.” President Barack Obama yesterday signed...
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State Court accepts federal overreach

State Court accepts federal overreach

Tweet In America, even those who trample on the Constitution must pretend to revere it, at least in politics. And so as the national government has been gradually–or dramatically–expanded over the last century, politicians and judges have scrupulously crafted alibis to explain why, golly, it turns out gigantic top-down government really was part of...
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Understanding the Electoral College

Understanding the Electoral College

Tweet The Electoral College unifies, moderates, and protects American politics. For more than two hundred years, the United States has enjoyed a uniquely peaceful and prosperous existence under a system of constitutional and representative government. One of the reasons for this is the Electoral College, the mostly behind-the-scenes process for electing the President. Indeed...
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The Electoral College: Interview on The Schilling Show

Tweet I recently had the opportunity to speak with Charlottesville, VA’s Rob Schilling on The Schilling Show. We covered topics like the difference between “democracy” and a “democratic republic”, why the Electoral College is a key component in preserving American liberty, and how NPV threatens to undo its benefits. You can listen here.
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Why Save our States?

The genius of the United States of America: we are both United and States. The American system of states is Federalism. One part of it is the Electoral College, the state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States.

Some 'reformers' want to unravel our system of states. The Freedom Foundation’s Save Our States Project is dedicated to preserving these structures for the sake of liberty. Find out more and join us.