By PERRY HOOPER
The radical left has the misguided belief that it is on the rise in America, and its adherents are incredibly confident about their ability to gain and then abuse power. Leading Democrats are promising that, if elected in 2020, they will, among other abuses, pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices and abolish the electoral college — allowing them to marginalize Americans who do not support their radical agenda and impose it on an unwilling nation.
Having failed to lock in lasting change of power during the Obama era and the Mueller Report exonerating President Trump, Democrats now hope to create a situation where the Supreme Court has power over the executive and legislative branches by adding up to six liberal Justices. Senator Marco Rubio is leading the fight to stop this power grab. “To prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court, I will introduce a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats at nine. There is nothing magical about the number nine. It is not inherently right just because the number of seats on the Supreme Court remains unchanged since 1869. But there is something inherently good and important about preventing the further destabilization of essential institutions.” It is disheartening to see leading Democratic politicians so brazenly discuss undermining the independence of the judiciary in this manner, and all because they don’t like judicial outcomes and can’t stand losing.
They also are finding the Electoral College not working in their favor, so it must go. The purpose of the electoral college has always been to protect us from what James Madison called the “tyranny of the majority.” Each state gets to cast electoral votes equal to the combined number of its U.S. representatives (determined by population) and its senators (two regardless of population). The goal was to assure even the smallest states have a say in electing the president and prevent those with large, big-city populations from dictating to the less populous rural ones. We are a Constitutional Republic based on states’ rights; that does not call for an all-encompassing federal government as liberal democrats desire.
If they succeed in abolishing the electoral college, Democrats could write off voters in large parts of the country and focus on turning out large numbers of their liberal supporters in big cities and populous liberal states such as New York and California. Unburdened by the need to moderate their platform to appeal to everyday voters, they would be free to pursue full socialism without constraint. Votes cast in Alabama and other conservative smaller states who oppose spending tens of trillions on a Green New Deal, a government take-over of the health-care, energy and transportation sectors of the economy will no longer count since there will be no electors.
The electoral college protects us from this kind of unconstrained radicalism, by forcing the political parties to broaden their appeal to all Americans, which is precisely why more and more Democrats want to get rid of it. Fortunately, the framers of the Constitution required supermajorities for amendments, another wise protection against the tyranny of the majority. Liberal blue states are currently attempting an end run around the constitution by pledging all their electors, regardless of who wins the popular vote in their state, to the winner of the national popular vote.
Other schemes being proposed by the Democratic leadership to minimize Trump’s America is lowering the voting age to 16: “I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said according to The Hill “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school”
Speaker Pelosi is also pushing the fraudulently named “For the Peoples Act.” Among numerous other constitutional problems, including violations of the First Amendment’s free-speech protections, this bill would put the administration of elections, voter-qualification decisions, and the drawing of congressional districts into federal hands, in direct contradiction to several constitutional provisions. Unfortunately, our own liberal Senator, Doug Jones, is supporting her in this effort.
It is apparent that Democrats are suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and will not let a little thing such as the Constitution stand in the way of turning the country into a socialist wasteland.
Perry Hooper is a former State Representative from Montgomery who serves on the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee. In 2016 he chaired Alabama’s Trump Victory campaign.