There is an effort under way in Washington State to join a National movement sponsored by a bunch of sour-grape Democrats who still haven't gotten over Gore's Florida loss in 2000. They have already passed two bills that will obliterate any future influence or representation we have in determining our President with the Electoral College.
They are putting forward in Washington State a dubious plan to change our electoral college votes from reflecting the will and winner of the voters in our state, to the will and winner of the overall popular vote in all the states, states dominated by the likes of N.Y. and CA. With this idiotic and misguided scheme, the opposite of what they intend will result. We will in fact, essentially lose our voice in the election process. We will never see Presidential candidates in our state who would come to learn about our concerns, issues, and hopes if our 11 measly electoral college votes go from winner-take-all of our states voted will; to the will of the winner of the National Popular vote dominated by all the population of the big states. We would be lucky to even rate a live-cast address by our Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls at a Caucus. Hell, I bet we wouldn't even rate a side-trip from a California campaign stop.
Folks we are a Constitutional Republic, not a Parliamentary mob rule Democracy. We have a majority rule Democracy that includes a Constitution to protect the minority from the majority. Our founders rightly put balances to power in place to protect and ensure that small states and their citizenry and their interests would not have their power and influence usurped by the largest states and their domineering agendas; agendas that often share very little with our own interests. This idiotic and farcical bill eliminates all balance, protection and influence of a small state like Washington. Should this pass there would be no need for anyone to seek the presidency beyond the states of N.Y., CA, TX, FL, Michigan, IL, MA, and perhaps a couple of other populous states. Talk about disenfranchisement?
For what? Because a couple of disgruntled Democrats are still pissed because they think that Al Gore lost the 2000 election in Florida due to the electoral college even though he won the popular vote? He didn’t even lose the election to the electoral college in Florida. He lost it in his own home state of Tennessee. If he had won Tennessee’s electoral votes he would have been President, regardless of the outcome in Florida. For Chrissake’s if the people of his own state that know him best can’t save the nation from him, then what? HE DESERVED TO LOSE. Now let's leave a perfectly good system known as the Electoral College ----- ALONE!
The bills have passed both Democrat super-majorities in the Legislature as House HB1750 and in the Senate as SB5628 and are now waiting for Gov. Gregoire's signature. PLEASE CONTACT Governor Gregoire by clicking and emailing her here and urge her to VETO this crazy scheme that is intent on disenfranchising Washington's voters by the dilution of our voice through a national Presidential popular vote.