George Soros idiot son wants to get rid of the Electoral College

In his election-night victory speech, Barack Obama said he would be a president for all Americans, not just those who voted for him. But as a candidate he didn’t campaign with equal vigor for every vote. Instead, he and John McCain devoted more than 98% of their television ad spending and campaign events to just 15 states which together make up about a third of the U.S. population. Today, as the Electoral College votes are cast and counted state-by-state, we will be reminded why. It is the peculiar mechanics of that institution, designed for a different age, that leave us divided into red states, blue states and swing states. That needs to change.

The Electoral College was created in 1787 by a constitutional convention whose delegates were unconvinced that the election of the president could be entrusted to an unfiltered vote of the people, and were concerned about the division of power among the 13 states. It was antidemocratic by design.

Under the system, each state receives votes equal to the number of representatives it has in the House plus one for each of its senators. Less populated states are thus overrepresented. While this formula hasn’t changed, it no longer makes a difference for the majority of states. Wyoming, with its three electoral votes, has no more influence over the selection of the president or on the positions taken by candidates than it would with one vote.

We often forget that the power to appoint electors is given to state legislatures, and it is only because they choose to hold a vote that Election Day is at all relevant for us. Nowhere is a popular election constitutionally required. And, as the 2000 election reminded us, the winner of the popular vote is not guaranteed to become president.

The Constitution is no longer in line with our expectations regarding the role of the people in selecting the president. Yet several previous attempts to eliminate the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment have failed, scuttled by the difficulty of the process itself and the tyranny of small-state logic.

Fortunately, a constitutional amendment is not necessary. Rather than dismantling the Electoral College with an amendment, we can use the mechanisms of the Electoral College itself to guarantee popular election of the president.

To understand how the proposal works, one needs to understand two basic principles. First, that state legislatures are basically unfettered in how they choose to appoint electors. And second, that groups of states can enter into binding agreements with one another in the form of so-called interstate compacts. There are many examples of such compacts, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the interstate agreement that guarantees a driver points on a Virginia driver license when he or she speeds in Maryland.

Under the proposed National Popular Vote compact, state legislatures would agree to choose electors who promise to support the winner of the nationwide popular vote. For example, if a Republican were to win the overall national popular vote, even if New Yorkers favored the Democrat, New York’s Electoral College votes would go to the Republican. The compact will go into force when states representing 271 Electoral College votes have entered into it to guarantee that the winner of the popular vote will become president.

It is ironic that the most common objection to the National Popular Vote compact is the suggestion that it is antifederalist. In fact, interstate compacts lie at the very core of federalism: individual states combining their powers to solve a problem. In this case, they would be joining forces to allow their citizens to act as one nation in the selection of their president.

The National Popular Vote compact has already been enacted by four trailblazing states — Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii — and has been introduced in 41 others. It’s time that the rest of them got on board.

Mr. Soros is the deputy chairman of Soros Fund Management and a supporter of the National Popular Vote.

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3 responses to “George Soros idiot son wants to get rid of the Electoral College

  1. Justme

    Soros has done more damage to this country, he should be charge with the same crimes that he was convicted in France. At least they had the courage to get rid of Soros.

  2. Sean OLeary

    Soros henchmen such as Ethan Nadelmann are still running around the world promoting legalization of illicit drugs.

  3. Anna Pell

    I’m all for getting rid of the Electoral College. The United States is being strangled by the two party system which gives Americans no alternative to the Democrat-Republican coin. Either side of that coin presents us with no solution at all as we have witnessed in the latest Washington debt ceiling debacle. The only way an independent candidate can really win a Presidential election is through direct election of the President by the people, not this sham of a democratic process which forces Americans to vote for one or the other of the two money-backed-bought-by-the-establishment candidates. A vote for an independent in the system that now stands can be nothing more than a wasted throw-away vote that allows either the Democrat or Republican to win. Remember Ralph Nader, the spoiler who helped put Bush in office or Ross Perot, the independent candidate…
    I don’t have money, but anything I can do to help Jonathan Soros achieve the long-needed amendment to the Constitution to end the Electoral College once and for all, count me in.

    By the way I’m also for the legalization of drugs, yes, heroin, crack, you name it, and making these drugs available through clinics that would actually help addicts. Remove the profit motive and you automatically remove any incentive to sell the stuff and thus reduce the number of people actually becoming addicts in the first place. Besides it’s clearly a medical problem not one of criminality.

    Unfortunately the establishment is against such a solution as it would remove the need for at least half our law enforcement agencies and empty many of our prisons which are currently being artificially packed in order for the private corporations running them to make a hefty profit. As it is we are living in a police state which has only the more been justified by the Patriot Act and all that other garbage “idiot” George II shoved down our throats. George Soros was right on target when after 9/11 he was reminded of Hitler hearing George W. Bush invoke all the fear mongering nationalistic jingoism that has now brought to involvement in wars with three countries where we should not have been in the first place.

    Need I go on? Change what you can change. Let’s begin with the Electoral College. Mr. Soros, are you listening. Please contact me: annarpell@yahoo.com.

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