In the wake of the presidential election, Hillary Clinton supporters have cried foul because their candidate won the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College. So now they want to abolish it. In response, Tom Woods recently hosted an episode of his podcast discussing the Electoral College with historians Kevin Gutzman and Brion McClanahan.Details
It is amazing that during Thanksgiving week, there are still some obsessing publicly over the presidential election earlier this month. A recent article from World Net Daily details how the Electoral College could be prevented from selecting a president. To add to a Tenther’s list of reasons to be thankful, let’s include no longer being wrapped up in this nonsense.
Technically, Judson Phillips is correct as he outlines the ways in which the Twelfth Amendment can prevent President Obama from serving another term. In order for the Electoral Votes to be certified, a quorum of two-thirds of the 50 states must participate in the Electoral College. If seventeen of the twenty-four states can be persuaded to do this, the Electoral College will not have a quorum and will be unable to renew Obama’s lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Phillips calls on readers in what could call dubbed the “Twelfther” movement to contact the Secretaries of State in the states Romney carried and tell them not to participate in the Electoral College in the hopes of denying Democratic states the necessary quorum.
If the Electoral College does not choose a president, the decision constitutionally goes to the Congress, with the Republican-dominated House being likely to choose Romney as president and the enlarged Democrat majority in the Senate reelecting Vice President Joe Biden to his post. If that happens, what then?
Phillips admits Romney would not be a great president, but he would be better than Obama. How much better, in terms of results, would a Romney presidency be given the current makeup of Congress? Let’s explore this.Details
It is written in the constitution that states may decide how electors
are selected for the president of the United States. This is the main
provision in the constitution that decides how electors are to be
chosen. Most states have chosen to use direct popular vote within
their own states and the result is that we think that states can’t
alter how it chooses electors. This is false because the democratic
choice of electors was granted to the people of each state by the
state legislators so it is reasonable to conclude that the same
legislatures can place additional burdens on the electors.
The state of Arizona has a bill that will not allow its electors
released until the president can verify that he matches the
requirements to be president of the United States. Once this bill is
enacted into law then the current president or any president for that
matter will have to prove to the state of Arizona that the president
meets the constitutional requirements to be president.