Democracy for Dummies


Our country needs some lessons and civics and Government 101.  Once again, poor delusional liberals are promoting a Democratic idea to dump the Electoral College.  The way it is promoted is so very deceptive.  It is deceptive because it will require a repeal of the Twelfth Amendment, which has been ruled, by SCOTUS, to be Constitutional.

“…The Twelfth Amendment (Amendment XII) to the United States Constitution provides the procedure for electing the President and Vice President. It replaced the procedure provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3, by which the Electoral College originally functioned. Problems with the original procedure arose in the elections of 1796 and 1800. The Twelfth Amendment refined the process whereby a President and a Vice President are elected by the Electoral College. The amendment was proposed by the Congress on December 9, 1803, and was ratified by the requisite three-fourths of state legislatures on June 15, 1804….”

In order for their idea, which basically destroys our Republic, to become law, it must be passed in the House, Senate, signed by the POTUS, then approved by a two-thirds majority of states.  Contrary to delusional ideas, the Amendment must then be voted on during a state-wide general election of each state.  It can’t just be passed by a misc. state house and senate.  Every registered voter in the US, in their own state, must vote on it.

Then – it will be challenged to go before the Supreme Court.

The process for a Constitutional Amendment is complex:

“…The authority to amend the Constitution of the United States is derived from Article V of the Constitution. After Congress proposes an amendment, the Archivist of the United States, who heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is charged with responsibility for administering the ratification process under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 106b. The Archivist has delegated many of the ministerial duties associated with this function to the Director of the Federal Register. Neither Article V of the Constitution nor section 106b describe the ratification process in detail. The Archivist and the Director of the Federal Register follow procedures and customs established by the Secretary of State, who performed these duties until 1950, and the Administrator of General Services, who served in this capacity until NARA assumed responsibility as an independent agency in 1985.

The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention. The Congress proposes an amendment in the form of a joint resolution. Since the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval. The original document is forwarded directly to NARA’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for processing and publication. The OFR adds legislative history notes to the joint resolution and publishes it in slip law format. The OFR also assembles an information package for the States which includes formal “red-line” copies of the joint resolution, copies of the joint resolution in slip law format, and the statutory procedure for ratification under 1 U.S.C. 106b.

The Archivist submits the proposed amendment to the States for their consideration by sending a letter of notification to each Governor along with the informational material prepared by the OFR. The Governors then formally submit the amendment to their State legislatures or the state calls for a convention, depending on what Congress has specified. In the past, some State legislatures have not waited to receive official notice before taking action on a proposed amendment. When a State ratifies a proposed amendment, it sends the Archivist an original or certified copy of the State action, which is immediately conveyed to the Director of the Federal Register. The OFR examines ratification documents for facial legal sufficiency and an authenticating signature. If the documents are found to be in good order, the Director acknowledges receipt and maintains custody of them. The OFR retains these documents until an amendment is adopted or fails, and then transfers the records to the National Archives for preservation.

A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States (38 of 50 States). When the OFR verifies that it has received the required number of authenticated ratification documents, it drafts a formal proclamation for the Archivist to certify that the amendment is valid and has become part of the Constitution. This certification is published in the Federal Register and U.S. Statutes at Large and serves as official notice to the Congress and to the Nation that the amendment process has been completed….”

I would be abjectly shocked if it were ever to happen.

What liberals don’t understand is the Founders, who wrote the Constitution, wanted two Senators from each State.  There would then be a House of Representatives, braking numbers down, even further, allowing for a specific number of people to be represented in Congressional Districts.  Today, those districts have up to 500,000 individuals.  The Electoral College allows for the vote of each Congressional District and both Senators.  This way, no one state can overwhelmingly elect the President, via popular vote.  If so, our POTUS would be decided by California and New York.  No other state would matter.  We would have no rights.

Well… we are dealing with liberals and they don’t give a damn.