Opinion| There is a piece of American folklore that claims that upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, a elderly woman stopped Benjamin Franklin and asked him “Well Doctor, what have we got a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic” replied the Doctor … “If you can keep it.”
It looks like Dr. Franklin’s fears about our ability to keep our Republic we very well founded.
The destruction of the foundations of our Republican structure of government began in 1913 with the passing of the 17 Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The original Constitution had called for the individual States to appoint their Senate Representatives.
The Founders choose this method of Senatorial structure so that each State would be represented by men and women who held the interests of that State close to their hearts.
For if these Senators voted to cede the power of their home State to the Federal Government they would not be reappointed.
The theory was that this would help to keep in check the insatiable appetite for power the Federal Government would have, the same insatiable appetite that all governments have.
Essentially, it was another check and balance that the, oh so wise, Founders had baked into the foundation of our Nation’s legal framework.
While now a days every pundit on TV wants to talk about “Democracy” and tell you how wonderful it is, they never stop to mention that all Democracy, is merely mob rule. As the old line goes, “Democracy is two wolves and sheep deciding what’s for diner.”
With the passage of the 17th Amendment Senators would now be elected directly by the popular vote of the citizens of each state. The result would be the removal of the the incentive for Senators to protect the interests of their home State’s Government, and replacing it with the incentive to grow the power, influence and size of the US Federal Government. The result was the waning of State power and the beginning of the cancerous growth of the all encompassing behemoth that has become the Federal Government’s $4,400,000,000,000.00/year budget.
The States were afforded other hedges, designed to protect their sovereignty from being swallowed by the Feds. One was the Electoral College. Now, States, the most recent of which is Colorado, are foolishly moving to neuter themselves of this protection as well.
Breitbart Reports: “The Democratic-majority Colorado state Senate passed a bill this week that would give the state’s electoral votes in presidential elections to the candidate who wins the popular vote instead of the Electoral College.
Colorado’s Senate passed the bill in a 19-16 vote Tuesday along party lines.
The bill would mandate that the state’s members of the Electoral College vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
Under current state law, the state’s electoral college members cast their vote for the candidate who wins the election in Colorado.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette), would have allowed Colorado to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact with 11 other states and the District of Columbia.”
The bill means that the people of Colorado would have no more say over whom their State’s electoral college votes go to than, say, a citizen of California does. In fact, one could make the argument that California has more influence over the electoral votes of Colorado would seeing as CA has about 700% more citizens than Colorado does.
Breitbart goes on to point out that “If enough states sign onto the compact, it would change the outcome of presidential elections by awarding all electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
But the bill is not likely to become law unless the Colorado House approves and enough states agree to the compact.”
Over 200 years later it seems that we now have an answer to Dr. Franklin’s famous quip upon his exit of the Constitutional Convention … it turns out we could not keep the Constitutional Republic we were given and I fear we shall soon pay a terribly lofty price for out lack of vigilance.