COLORADO SPRINGS: Quietly, without fanfare, the press or a press release, Governor Jared Polis signed the National Popular Vote bill (Senate Bill 19-042) into law on Friday, March 15. This was just the latest bill in a series of radical affronts to the people of Colorado. Others either passed or in the process include Comprehensive Sex Education (HB19-1032), limitations on oil and gas drilling (SB19-181), and a “red flag” bill (HB19-1177) which allows the government to seize a person’s firearms without due process.
In November 2018 the citizens of Colorado voted down a number of proposals on the ballot, including tax increases and setbacks for oil and gas drilling that would virtually eliminate the oil and gas industry in Colorado. At the same time, they elected Democrats to a majority in both houses of the legislature, the governorship, and every statewide office.
The results were somewhat contradictory. The legislature is doing their best to fix that.
In effect, Colorado is a one-party state and Democrats are using that to exercise what the Founders called the tyranny of the majority. Republicans are mere observers as Democrats enact their radical agenda, undoing the results of the initiative votes from 2018.
The NPV bill is the first to be law.
NPV advocates advertise that the compact was passed by the Colorado Senate in 2009. They also cite a poll from December 2008 showing a majority of Coloradans in favor of a direct election of the president. What they won’t say is that it failed in the House afterword about it got out and citizens jammed the Capitol switchboard with calls in opposition.
The NPV interstate compact is the brainchild of John R. Koza, executive director of the National Popular Vote non-profit organization. It is funded exclusively by leftist groups such as the Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation. It has a budget of $2 million as ably reported by Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an interstate compact under the Compact Clause of the Constitution. (Art I, Sec 10, Clause 3) It states that the States who are a party to the compact agree that their Electors will vote for the presidential nominee who has the most popular votes, regardless of how the people of that state actually voted.
The effort is an end-around the Electoral College without the benefit of a constitutional amendment.
It is important to note that the states elect the president and vice president, not the people directly. There has never been a direct election of the president.
We never wanted a king—even an elected one.
The Electoral College was a compromise between the big states (then New York and Virginia) and the smaller states. There was no direct election of the president—which would have favored the big states—nor was there one state, one vote, which would have favored the small states.
The compromise gave each state a number of electors equal to their representation in Congress.
The form of government created by the Constitution is a republic, not a democracy. In eliminating the Electoral College in favor of direct election of the president, progressives seek to change that. With the 17th Amendment, they already eliminated the election of senators by state legislatures.
Backlash from voters
Just as in 2009 when the bill failed in the state House, passage this year has created a huge backlash among the people.
The compact, according to its own terms, goes into effect when a number of states equaling 270 electoral votes have approved it. When that happens, Colorado’s electoral votes will go to the winner of the national vote total, not necessarily to the candidate who polled the most votes in Colorado.
Those votes will go to whoever the large states—California, New York, Illinois, and Texas—vote for. Colorado’s 2016 total of 2.5 million votes are fewer than either California or New York City alone.
If this law goes into effect, Colorado will never see another presidential candidate. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump held rallies in Colorado in 2016.
Colorado votes will no longer matter: Who Colorado Electors vote for will be determined by someone else. There’s almost no point in voting.
As the bill was being signed, the opposition was already forming.
A grassroots effort led by Monument Mayor Don Wilson and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese put recall petitions in the field on the 22nd and they have already gathered thousands of signatures.
There has not been this kind of focused energy against government overreach since the Second Amendment recalls of 2013, which saw the first-ever recall of two sitting senators and the resignation of a third to avoid a recall vote and flipping the state senate to Republicans—which happened anyway in 2014.
At a coffee shop in Monument last Friday, people were waiting to sign the petition even before the signature gatherers had set up. A steady stream of people kept coming for the entire 90-minute event.
In Castle Rock, a similar event Tuesday at a brewpub drew hundreds of people, many asking how they could get petitions to circulate themselves. Statewide, hundreds of people are asking the same question.
Not only do people want copies of the NPV petition, they want more petitions.
Mentioned were Senate Bill 181 and the “red flag” bill, neither one of which have been passed into law yet. Also requested was a recall of Governor Polis. That can’t even begin until June because he hasn’t been in office long enough.
National Popular Vote is likely unconstitutional on several grounds. The “red flag” bill violates the constitutional rights of the accused in multiple ways. County commissions, sheriffs, and even the Denver Police Union have spoken out against it. The oil and gas restrictions are a direct repudiation of the people’s vote.
The Democrat-controlled legislature doesn’t seem to care. Their attitude seems to be, “What are you going to do about it?”
They’re finding out.