A few months ago after the Massachusetts legislation passed a bill that would award its Electoral College votes based on the national popular vote I was doing some research on the National Popular Vote initiative. I was worried that the general public was uninformed about why we have an Electoral College and the importance of it. As I was moving through the web pages gathering data I discovered an organization that is not only working with the National Popular Vote initiative, but has boots on the ground on a national scale to advise and promote progressive legislation on the state by state level. This organization is the Progressive States Network.
The more research I did the more I realized this was a powerful progressive organization that was backed by a who’s who of far left. Matt over at Conservative Hideout has posted a great article on this organization and a list of their Board of Directors. They have been around for about four years and have been flying under the radar. In my opinion their agenda is simple; they desire to get progressive policy passed into law on a state level and change the way issues are debated in each state. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below of their 2008 leadership retreat held in Las Vegas.
It appears that they want to use the current economic woes to manipulate state legislators into proposing a progressive agenda at the state level. This organization is far more dangerous than an ACORN in my opinion. The reason I feel that I can make this claim is because this group actually want states to implement progressive policies through the legislative process of each state. They want to chip away at the very foundation of federalism and create an environment that further waters down and diminishes the constitutional authority that each state has. Now for those of you who still don’t believe they are actively involved in your states, below is what they are pushing in one of the most sparsely populated states in the union; North Dakota.
National Popular Vote Moves Forward in North Dakota and Nation
Legislators in North Dakota are promoting the radical idea that the candidate who wins the most votes for President should actually be President. The legislature introduced a bill last week to award its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. A national popular vote initiative was passed by both chambers in California last year, only to be vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. For the upcoming legislative sessions, twenty-nine states have also already lined up sponsors to introduce “National Popular Vote” bills.
National Popular Vote would ensure that only the candidate who receives the most votes nationally would be president. Under the current system, presidential candidates are forced to focus their campaigns on only a handful of closely divided “battleground” states to capture the states’ electoral votes. As a result, nearly two-thirds of the states are irrelevant in the presidential race. Because many voters feel their votes do not count, especially if they do not live in a battleground state, the present system lowers voter turnout.
You can read the entire post here.
So if you don’t think it’s not happening in your state, think again. Follow here if you’re curious as to what this group is up to in your state.
In my opinion this organization is far more of a threat to your individual liberties and states’ rights than any other progressive organization currently in the spotlight. The reason I say this is because people know very little about them and they have been operating in our backyards undetected for awhile now. I now will look at every bill working its way through my state legislative branch with sharp eyes from this point on. I advise all of you to do the same. During these next few weeks Matt at Conservative Hideout, Steve from motorcitytimes, and yours truly will be publishing posts about this organization. We feel it’s extremely important that the word on this organization gets out with elections only 49 days away. Please feel free to jump on and help spread the word.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!