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The Progressive States Network: What you need to know

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

Posted Jan 18, 2007

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!


Filed under: Electoral College, National Popular Vote, Progressive Policy, Progressive States Network, States Rights

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  • Matt September 14, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Great post John. I'll be linking thing in my post tomorrow. Folks need to know about this organization.

  • Steve Dennis September 14, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    I am glad that you guys are covering this story. This is a dangerous organization that has been flying under the radar, I hadn't heard about them until I read Matt's post yesterday.
    The problem that I have with the natinal popular vote movement isn't with the fact that a state might vote to change their procedure for handing out electoral votes–that is their right, in my opinion–but is in the fact that this is a national effort to undermine the electoral college. This is an organization that is looking to change the constitution through legislation on a national level, diguised as a state issue.
    This is the same way I feel about this organization also. They are looking to bypass the very fabric of the constitution by enacting what would amount to federal laws by changing the laws in all the states. This is a national effort and it is very dangerous.

  • LD Jackson September 14, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    I am doing my own post on this and will deal with the PSN idea of immigration reform. It will be up in an hour or so, hopefully, and I will be linking this post, as well as Matt's.

    This is indeed a very dangerous organization and one that needs the light of day shining on it. The liberals have been fussing about the Tea Party from day one, yet they have had their own grassroots, state-focused group for quite some time. It's time the rest of the country was made aware of what they would like to do to America.

  • toto September 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    State-by-state winner-take-all laws to award electoral college votes were eventually enacted by 48 states AFTER the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, .

    The Founding Fathers only said in the U.S. Constitution about presidential elections (only after debating among 60 ballots for choosing a method): "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors . . ." The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly characterized the authority of the state legislatures over the manner of awarding their electoral votes as "plenary" and "exclusive."

    Neither of the two most important features of the current system of electing the President (namely, universal suffrage, and the 48 state-by-state winner-take-all rule) are in the U.S. Constitution. Neither was the choice of the Founders when they went back to their states to organize the nation's first presidential election.

    In 1789, in the nation's first election, the people had no vote for President in most states, Only men who owned a substantial amount of property could vote.

    In 1789 only three states used the state-by-state winner-take-all rule to award electoral votes.

    There is no valid argument that the winner-take-all rule is entitled to any special deference based on history or the historical meaning of the words in the U.S. Constitution. The current 48 state-by-state winner-take-all rule (i.e., awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in a particular state) is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the debates of the Constitutional Convention, or the Federalist Papers. The actions taken by the Founding Fathers make it clear that they never gave their imprimatur to the winner-take-all rule.

    The constitutional wording does not encourage, discourage, require, or prohibit the use of any particular method for awarding the state's electoral votes.

    As a result of changes in state laws enacted since 1789, the people have the right to vote for presidential electors in 100% of the states, there are no property requirements for voting in any state, and the state-by-state winner-take-all rule is used by 48 of the 50 states. Maine and Nebraska currently award electoral votes by congressional district — a reminder that an amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not required to change the way the President is elected.

    The normal process of effecting change in the method of electing the President is specified in the U.S. Constitution, namely action by the state legislatures. This is how the current system was created, and this is the built-in method that the Constitution provides for making changes.

    Federalism concerns the allocation of power between state governments and the national government. The National Popular Vote bill concerns how votes are tallied, not how much power state governments possess relative to the national government. The powers of state governments are neither increased nor decreased based on whether presidential electors are selected along the state boundary lines, along district lines (as has been the case in Maine and Nebraska), or national lines.

  • steve September 14, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Great post John!

    Keep shining the light on this organization.

  • John Carey September 14, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Thanks Matt! You are right. We need to focus on this group. Thanks for the linkage.

  • John Carey September 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    You nailed it Steve. The progressives have decided that the path around the Constitution runs through the states. For years there has been an effort to bypass the Electoral College through federal action; however they were unsuccessful because of the constitutionality issues with changing it. Now we have an organization working with National Popular Vote to circumvent the system at the state level. Evil!

  • John Carey September 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Larry thank you for jumping in and helping expose this extremely dangerous organization. We need to keep the heat turned up on this.

  • USAWatchmen September 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    That's sneaky stuff John. People need to wake the hell up and realize what is going on.

  • John Carey September 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Thanks Steve. Oh we will shine the light on this organization. No more free pass!

  • John Carey September 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    I'm telling you USA, these snakes have been slithering around our state houses for awhile now. Time to flush them out!

  • mnrobot October 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Got you linked up brotha.

  • The Lonely Conservative October 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    George Soros is behind the effort to rid us of the electoral college. Wouldn't be surprised if he's behind this, too. I went to the PSN site but couldn't find my own state senator. He's sponsored legislation supported by the Centers for American Progress and Van Jones. But he's "likable" and the local media doesn't report anything negative.

  • Doomed October 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Something of interest to bare in mind when thinking about these peoples agenda.

    More than 25 years ago a KGB defector named Yuri Bezmenov gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin in which he explained how the Soviet communists were advancing their cause. For many decades, he said, the KGB had been compiling information on publishers, editors, journalists, actors, educators, legislators and businessmen around the world.

    “This was my instruction,” said Bezmenov: “Try to get into large circulation established conservative media. Reach movie makers, intellectuals, so-called academic circles….”
    And what purpose was served? To subtly dominate the machinery of mass suggestion, mass consciousness and popular culture; to assassinate the character of anti-Soviet personalities in the media and the press; to advance the careers of those who agreed to cooperate; to stupefy and confuse, to manage perceptions and foster desirable outcomes.

    Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students without being challenged or counter-balanced by the basic values of American patriotism.” Ignorant and confused on basic issues, public opinion cannot help but choose socialism.

    “Most of the people who graduated in the 60s,” noted Bezmenov, “are now occupying positions of power in the government, civil service, busines, mass media, educational system. You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them.”

    Half a century ago the Polish anti-communist writer, Jozef Mackiewicz, described the method of communist provocation as “a double game” in which the target is lured into collaboration, through insidious inducements to action, which are intended to bring about specific results.

    This “double game” is organized around civil rights groups, the peace movement, anti-nuclear activists, environmentalists, national liberation fighters, disarmament negotiators, and conspiracy theorists.

    """ On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

    Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

    These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.""" Howard Zinn…progressive guru and repeated many times in the Progressive Magazine……
    And now you know why Progressives challenge “Patriotism” at every level. For their marching orders are to challenge patriotism and to “take it away” from those that would challenge the communist/socialist trends that they push daily in their efforts to fundamentally transform America.

    Most liberals have no clue as to the fact that they were and ARE being used to wage a proxy war against America. As The KGB defector points out…they were being indoctrinated and actively deprived of any push backs. With nothing to push back with, they had no choice but to choose the tenets of socialism, and we all know that the goal of socialism is communism.