The So-Called "National Popular Vote" Movement is an Attempt to Bypass our Constitution
Randy Miller is a solid conservative running for the first time to represent Legislative District 21 (LD21) in the Arizona State Senate. The National Popular Vote, has become a huge issue in Randy's race against opponent Rick Gray. Randy is AGAINST the National Popular Vote, because it is a direct attack on the Constitution. Rick Gray, has waffled on the subject. In his guest post, Randy explains exactly why the National Popular Vote is dangerous to our liberties and the Constitution, itself.
We had our LD 21 meeting on March 15th, and I am running for the Senate seat. Rick Gray has been appointed, not elected, to the seat. Contrary to his statement that I am running “against” him, I am not. It is NOT his "Seat", The seats in each of the LD's belong to the people of the legislative districts for them to choose whom they want. I am running because I believe I can do a better job at standing up for and supporting our U.S. and State Constitutions. I have experience that Rick doesn’t, which makes me uniquely qualified.
Concerning the National Popular Vote, or Bill 2456, unfortunately, there seems to be nonchalant attitude, on Rick’s part, towards our Sovereignty as a state.
Rick Gray, suspecting I was going to bring it up, attempted to minimize his support and co-sponsoring the bill, stood up and stated he now believes it was a mistake to support it. He then says in a flippant manner, "I made a mistake, we all make mistakes." "Hasn't anyone here made a mistake?" Well, this brought a round of laughter and agreement from some of the PC's.
The NPV is no laughing matter and must be taken seriously. Rick's support, and lack of knowledge, violated the constitution. How can someone be so flippant about our laws, while campaigning to be your legislator? He took an oath four times and is not a rookie legislator. This is a position of Trust and he violated it. Rick continued to defend the constitutionality of the NPV prior to the meeting. Yet, when I asked him to point to just one authority to support his statement, he said nothing except "they do it all the time, others violate something all the time." So now he is trying to use "precedent" to justify his illegal act when asked to show justification? This is what we are fighting in Washington and with the "Deep State".
The National Popular vote is unconstitutional on 3 counts. 1. Article 2 paragraph 1 clearly states how the President will be elected ... by the electoral college. This preserves state sovereignty and gives each state an equal vote in the election. We are not a Democracy, we are a Republic! 2. Article 1 paragraph 10 says: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State..." 3. Article 5. States that the Constitution can only be modified by 2/3rds of Congress or 2/3rds of the several states.
The National Popular Vote bill; HB 2456 is entitled: "Relating to the Agreement among the states to elect the president by National Popular Vote”. That alone is clear evidence that this bill is an attempt to change the Constitution, without using the amendment process that the Constitution requires. We expect more from an 8-year veteran at the legislature who claims to be a "Constitutional Conservative".