Remember the 2000 election? You know, the one where we actually voted for Al Gore, but the Supreme Court picked George W. Bush instead, setting into motion an irrevocable series of events culminating in two decade-long wars and a crippling recession.
Wouldn't it be great if that never happened again? Apparently not…
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attacked a proposal to switch to a national popular vote for presidential elections during a speech at the Heritage Foundation today.
McConnell and six Republican secretaries of state discussed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), a proposed plan for using a popular vote in presidential elections…
Rather than embracing the NPV as a way to solidify the Constitution's guarantee of “one man, one vote,” McConnell lambasted the plan, calling it a "genuine threat to our country." Though McConnell admitted that the notion of a popular presidential vote where the candidate who receives the most votes wins is "appealing," he called the idea "absurd and dangerous."
It's true. The popular vote can be very dangerous. Just think of that clear November day in 1984 when Kentucky voters, blissfully unaware of the hellish nightmare that awaited them, went to the polls and ended up with Mitch McConnell as their senator.
In presidential elections, some people's votes simply count more than others. I mean, if their votes weren't weighted three times as much as those of people in New York or California, Wyoming residents would have literally nothing else going on in their lives.
The right to vote is a privilege, not a right. It’s meant for cowboys and old people scared of change, excitement and the hip-hop music.
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Tags: Al Gore, Electoral College, George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, Senate