In today’s debate, January 20, 2018, put on by the Chamber for CD 8, Steve Montenegro left several of us scratching our heads about the National Popular Vote, or HB2456.
First, he said “I never voted for this” even though if you look at house vote record there is a “Y” vote next to his name in the third reading. Then he says “It is constitutional under Article 2 section 2 of the constitution”. Now, he was getting cut off by the moderator, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on referencing section 2, which grants power to the president to be “Commander in Chief to the Army, Navy of the United States and Militia of the several states, when called into action” …. (Nothing near how to elect the president)
Article 2 section 1 sets out how the president is elected, (Electoral College), length of term etc., and then sets out how it will be done and who can be on the electoral college.
Why Steve references this with his statement, that his support for the National Popular Vote simply by enacting legislation is Constitutional, is insane. And furthermore, proves his lack of understanding for the Constitution.
Our Constitution is Our Supreme Law of The Land under Article 6. I haven’t heard any understanding of this by Steve Montenegro and the more he talks the more uninformed he sounds to me.
We must pay attention to these constant errors in constitutional references, especially when our freedoms and liberties are at stake with those we elect to represent us in Washington. Washington constantly oversteps their granted enumerated powers and authorities. We must elect people that know what the delegated powers under the constitution are and have proven they will stay within them. We must elect those that will stand up to others that want to strip us of our freedoms and liberties no matter where they come. If they don’t, we have no choice and we must.
Again, Steve is a nice man, presentable and likeable. But, I want someone with strength, determination, tenacity and someone I can trust to represent me as I would represent me. I don’t want nice, I want someone who has my back. I want someone who really knows what he/she is doing and not pretending. That is trust. I don’t trust Steve to have my back.