Thursday, 27 October 2011
Opposing the National Popular Vote Scheme
Protecting the Electoral College from the National Popular Vote Scheme
Hans von Spakovsky, October 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm
The “National Popular Vote” plan (NPV) is a scheme that would effectively abolish the Electoral College without going through the formal (and politically difficult) process of amending the Constitution. The NPV proposes an interstate compact in which participating states agree in advance to automatically allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote (the highest vote getter, even if only a plurality), disregarding the popular vote results in their states.
The NPV supposedly would go into effect as soon as “states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes” needed to win an election (270 votes) join the purported compact. This would give the voters of as few as 11 states control over the outcome of presidential elections and give the most populous states a controlling majority of the Electoral College.
Unfortunately, eight state legislatures and the District of Columbia have agreed to participate in this politically dubious, unconstitutional, and dangerous cartel. The NPV is already 49 percent of the way to the goal of 270 electoral votes and forcing even nonparticipating states into this drastic change in the Electoral College.
The NPV compact is not only unconstitutional, but it is also bad public policy that would undermine the protections of the Electoral College. It would diminish the influence of smaller states and rural areas of the country; lead to more recounts, contentious fights over provisional ballots, and conflicts over the results of presidential elections; and encourage voter fraud. It could also radicalize American politics and lead to Presidents who are elected with very small pluralities, or who failed to qualify for the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It strikes directly at the Founders’ view of federalism and a representative republic that balances popular sovereignty with structural protections for state governments and minority interests.
As part of its “Preserve the Constitution” series, the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation is going to have a presentation on the NPV on Friday, October 28. We will be discussing the original purposes of the Electoral College and their relevance today, as well as the effect the NPV would have on our system of electing the President. Read more here.
Popular Vote or the Electoral College?
Julia Shaw, October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm
While New Hampshire maneuvers to maintain first-in-the-nation primary status, a new Gallup poll reveals many Americans don’t care who New Hampshirites want to be President. In fact, they don’t care who any state wants to be President. A majority of those polled—62 percent—would prefer to amend the Constitution so that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide becomes President, while 35 percent of Americans would keep the Electoral College.
With the spirit of the times supposedly against the Electoral College, why preserve the Founders’ constitutional design?
The Electoral College preserves federalism, encourages candidates to build national coalitions, and grants definitive electoral outcomes. It requires a presidential candidate to win simultaneous elections across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here is how the Electoral College works: Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the number of Representatives for the state plus the number of Senators. (Per the 23rd Amendment, the District of Columbia has the same number of electoral votes as that of the least populous state—currently three votes). Each state except Maine and Alaska has a “winner-take-all” system, whereby the presidential candidate who wins the state receives all the state’s electoral votes. A President is elected when one candidate obtains a majority of these states’ electoral votes (currently 270 electoral votes).
As Tara Ross explains in “The Electoral College: Enlightened Democracy,” the selection system ensures that Presidents build nationwide coalitions and demonstrate that they will be good representatives for a diverse nation composed of both small and large sovereign states. Candidates who focus too narrowly on a handful of states, regions, or metropolitan population centers will not be successful in the Electoral College. Read more here.
Posted on 10/27/2011 6:32 PM by Bobbie Patray
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN caves to pressure and threats
COMMENT: Here is a major hotel chain bowing to 'threats' that, as I understand it, were not reported to any law enforcement representatives. The United States is supposed to be the 'land of the free and home of the brave'--the Hutton Hotel caving hardly fits that description. All they had to do is to increase security and move on. They need to hear from people who still think the US Constitution is important and that it principles should be supported.
Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN caves to pressure and threats
Action cancels "Preserving Freedom Conference"
& denies U.S. Christians, Jews and citizens their rights under the U.S. Constitution
Today, the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN slammed the door on the United States Constitution and the right to free speech due to threats which we perceive came from the Islamic community. The location was the planned host for the Preserving Freedom Conference to be held on November 11, 2011. With less than three weeks prior to the event and after accepting payments from many attendees and sponsors, Nashville's Hutton Hotel backed out of the contract as location host of the event, citing threatening letters and phone calls demanding the conference be cancelled.
Steve Eckley, Senior Vice President of Hutton Hotel,[720 318 4238.] contacted Lou Ann Zelenik, Executive Director of Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) on October 24, 2011, and told her they would not honor the contract signed in August 2011 for the Preserving Freedom Conference and therefore, would not allow the conference to take place at the hotel. Eckley advised they had received many threatening telephone calls and letters. When questioned by others if the hotel had contacted local law enforcement agencies, FBI or Homeland Security to advise them of these threats, Eckley advised they had not and that he simply cancelled the conference instead. Eckley also cited threats from callers advising they would show up and protest against the event, however, refused to cite who these calls were from or what groups/protesters would be present.
The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and the Sharia Awareness Action Network (SAAN) are committed to securing another site and holding the November 11, 2011 Preserving Freedom Conference event as planned. There will be more information available soon, but we must do what we can to hold this hotel accountable for
this decision to limit the free speech of law-abiding citizens. You may contact the hotel by calling 615.340.9333 or contact the Hutton Hotel Manager via email to Steven Andre at email@example.com and tell them you support the United States Constitution and NOT Islamic Sharia law.
Anti-Shariah conference loses Nashville hotel home
Group claims free speech is threatened after Nashville hotel cancels contract
A Nashville hotel has canceled its contract with an anti-Shariah conference out of fear the event could attract protests and disrupt business.
Organizers of the Preserving Freedom conference, who include Lou Ann Zelenik of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, had planned to meet Nov. 11 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.
Hotel management said they received complaints about the event from the public and from their clients. Steve Eckley, senior vice president of hotels for Amerimar Enterprises, which owns the Hutton, said he wasn’t aware of the details of the conference until recently.
“If this group had let us know what kind of program they were planning and who was involved, we wouldn’t have booked it,” Eckley said.
Zelenik said her group is being censored for opposing radical Islam, and the hotel’s action shows Shariah law is a threat to free speech.
“I feel the Hutton is now under Shariah law,” she said.
Among the event’s scheduled speakers are Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller; Murfreesboro mosque opponent and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney; and former Republican Rep. Fred Grandy, who played the character Gopher on the popular TV series The Love Boat. Read more here.
Posted on 10/25/2011 9:10 AM by Bobbie Patray
Friday, 7 October 2011
Abby Johnson Recalls: Planned Parenthood Alarm Was 2229 (BABY)
It took a few weeks before I got the alarm code to our clinic. I guess it takes that long for them to trust you. I remember getting the code and feeling shocked. The code was 2229. That seems innocent…until they told me what it spelled out…BABY. Really. Wow. We were really joking about that…our alarm code was mocking the murder of children.
A few weeks later I was introduced to our freezer in the POC (products of conception) lab. This was the freezer that held the fetal tissue until the biohazard truck came for disposal. I found out the name for that freezer…the nursery. Again, that was a joke. How had that become a joke?
A few days later I learned the password to our phone system…2229…BABY.
A couple years later I remember walking in on my supervisor making jokes with the abortionist and another employee in that same POC lab. They were joking about how the fetal tissue floating in this dish looked like bar-b-que. Did I hear that right? Did they really just say that? Then one of them said, “I actually think this part looks like strawberry jam.” I turned around and walked out without saying a word. I felt sick to my stomach. How did that conversation begin? How could they say that? Was it enough to make me leave? No. I was one of them now. I am drenched in the evil of this place.
Several years later I found out that my affiliate was going to build the largest abortion clinic in the Western Hemisphere. I remember my boss making the announcement. “We are building the largest abortuary in the country!” We all busted out laughing as we applauded. We loved hearing all of the words pro-lifers called our clinics. We were all so proud. We were doing something that would go down in the history books. Good for us, we thought.
About a year before I left, the Coalition for Life group had moved in next door to our clinic. We joked about sending them a “welcome to the neighborhood” gift. Maybe we should send them cookies in the shape of babies with red icing on them that resembles blood. We laughed. We thought we were so witty. It was not wit.
I could go on and on. I look back now and wonder how I could let my mind become so numb to something so terrible. Read more here.
Posted on 10/07/2011 7:05 AM by Bobbie Patray
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Thought it couldn't get any worse than Solyndra?
Now look who’s awarded $1.37 billion ‘stimulus’ for another risky solar plant
President Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary served as chairman of the board of a solar energy company that recently received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee – the largest the Department of Energy has ever given for a solar power project.
Now that company, BrightSource Energy, is attempting to build the world’s largest solar power plant amid concerns such ventures may be too risky an investment for the federal government.
In June, BrightSource Chairman John Bryson, was nominated by Obama as his commerce secretary pick.
KleinOnline reported in June that Bryson co-founded an environmental activist group that is a member and funder of the controversial Apollo Alliance.
Apollo is run by a slew of socialists and radicals, including Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization. Jones himself boasts of doing work for the environmental group founded by Bryson, the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Bryson, meanwhile, served until June as co-chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a globalist organization whose members can be found throughout the Obama administration.
The massive loan guarantee to BrightSource is meant to build an expensive California desert solar plant known as the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
The system will feature mirrors that reflect sun toward a massive central tower that is in turn heated to produce steam meant to spin turbines to produce electricity.
The size of the BrightSource plant is thought to produce enough power to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of Californians.
During a national address last October, Obama mentioned the possible benefits of BrightSource Energy’s “revolutionary new type of solar power plant.”
However, some have been skeptical whether the massive solar plant will actually work.
The Bay Citizen quoted Michael Boyd, president of the nonprofit Californians for Renewable Energy, as saying there is “no evidence” BrightSource’s project will succeed.
Boyd complained most of the equipment used at the plant would be manufactured in China and Germany.
“Stimulus money isn’t going to jobs here in the U.S. It’s going to jobs overseas,” he said. Read more here.
Posted on 10/04/2011 6:16 AM by Bobbie Patray