The Electoral College: How to Defend?

Someone on my Facebook page (which I hope you will ‘like’) asked about defending the electoral college: should he make the argument that electors will have more sober and impartial judgment than the fickle masses, etc.?

I wouldn’t. Given that the electors are nearly always party machine people, almost none of them will be independent minded, so the arguments the Framers of the Constitution may have made for this institution no longer apply.

I think the most logical way to defend it is unfortunately unlikely to resonate with the kind of people who oppose it, since those people know little and care less about federalism. But I would say this: the Constitution consistently refers to the United States in the plural, and the key thing that’s supposed to distinguish the U.S. from other countries — remember that idea we keep hearing that the U.S. is supposed to be unique? — is that it is fundamentally a collection of societies. The evidence for this claim is pretty overwhelming, as I show in chapter 4 of Nullification. (Click here for a few of the relevant points.)


Wyoming vote for health care freedom

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming voters will consider a health care freedom amendment to the Declaration of Rights in the state constitution on Nov. 6.

If Amendment A garners a 50 percent majority, the Wyoming Constitution will guarantee citizens of the state the right to make their own healthcare decisions with minimal governmental interference.

Article 1, Section 38 – Right of Health Care Access

(a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions.  The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.

(b) Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so.

(c) The legislature may determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on the rights granted under this section to protect the health and general welfare of the people or to accomplish the other purposes set forth in the Wyoming Constitution.

(d) The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue govern-mental infringement.

Cheyenne based Republic Free Choice blogger Steve Klein points out that section (d) would compel Wyoming lawmakers and state officials to interpose for their citizens and block implementation of Obamacare, or any other federal health care mandates.

“It will make it a duty of all branches of the Wyoming government to respect health care freedom,” he said.

Not every liberty minded Wyoming citizens support the amendment. An organization called Wyoming Watchdogs urges voters to reject the amendment.

“This bill replaces federal encroachment with state encroachment upon individual rights.  This amendment needs to be killed to protect and preserve healthcare freedom.”


Washington State Voters Likely to Nullify Federal Marijuana Laws

In what is likely to be two of the last polls coming out of Washington State prior to Election Day, Initiative 502 to regulate marijuana is still holding strong to the commanding lead it has developed over the past few months. Data released from King 5 and SurveyUSA has I-502 leading among likely Washington voters, 56% stated they would vote yes on the measure with only 37% planning to vote no. There are just 7% still undecided.

Adding credence to the King5 numbers, KCTS9 found that 55.8% of registered voters were supportive of I-502 with only 36.7% opposed. Those numbers held strong when looking at just likely voters as well, who support the marijuana regulation initiative by 55.4% to 37.6%.

Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Medicine.

Whatever you call the plant, Washington DC considers it dangerous and illegal. Laws on the books in Congress – illegal. The executive branch – aggressive about enforcing those laws. The supreme court – in 2005 ruled against the idea of states legalizing for any purpose.

But yet, 17 states have been standing up and defying DC on this issue by legalizing marijuana for limited medicinal purposes. Massachusetts voters are set to become the 18th state as Question 3 should win by a landslide.


Vote Romney or we’re all DOOMED! (a comedy)

Every four years, it’s the same thing. Hysteria abounds over Party A and their candidate, verses Party B and their candidate. The devoted disciples of each Party point to the other and accuse all manner of devastation and horror wrought upon the innocent people of the not-so United States. And all the while, no matter who is elected as King over our communities, the Federal Government grows, unemployment persists, and the economy fluctuates. But because this election is different (insert sarcasm), following are ten reasons why YOU should vote Romney and SAVE the WORLD.