- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The National Popular Vote Compact is another attempt in the continuing war by the statists on this Republic and our Constitution (Dissenters in GOP rethink Electoral College, Page 1, Friday).

This war began with the institution of the direct election of senators that effectively neutered the states as equal partners in our Republic. Can one imagine unfunded mandates passing if the states had their representatives voting? For that matter, is a $14-trillion deficit imaginable with the states voting on it?

The compact continues the war by turning presidential elections into a plebecite in which the largest states determine the president and the smaller states become vassals dependent on the largesse of their peers, who determine the leadership. The pact should be opposed, defeated and tossed in the dustbin of history along with the 17th Amendment as ideas that are anathema to freedom and this Republic.

The true brilliance of our Constitution is that despite its age, it is still flexible and resilient. Our Constitution can protect our freedom for many generations to come, but only if we don’t allow the power-hungry to infect it.

FRED NIZIOL

Columbia, Md.

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