The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


In a recent blog post I wrote about the dire problems faced by my home state, Connecticut, as it suffers the consequences of decades of blue model governance. Now it appears that even though Connecticut cannot seem to manage its own internal affairs, it wants to join a collective of blue states that will tell the rest of the United States how to manage its presidential elections.

Chris Stirewalt writes about an initiative undertaken in Connecticut and nine other (blue) states:
Legislators in Connecticut are poised to join a compact with ten other states, including Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, to change state law to award the state’s electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.

We don’t say this lightly, but this is just the latest in a series of un-American political ideas gaining traction around the country. We don’t mean that it is evil because it is un-American, just that having a popularly elected president is contradictory to our founding charter and the republican ideals of our founding.

Perhaps nothing would so readily set the stage for authoritarianism in America than abolishing the Electoral College. If you think we have a bunch of rotten demagogues in politics now, wait until you see what kind of President Camacho idiocracy we would get with direct presidential elections.

What we wonder, though, is why people are so eager to throw out a system that has worked so well and done so much good for so long.
Given this latest news, it appears that Trump Derangement Syndrome in blue locales has gotten so bad that politicians in those states want to jettison the notion of federalism that is exemplified in the electoral college (except of course, when "Federalism' involves sanctuary for illegal immigrants convicted of crimes). It appears that politicians in the consortium of blue states are perfectly okay with negating the popular vote in their own states and instead, using their electoral votes based on national percentages that are skewed by a few large blue states. Because ... winning at all cost.

The TDS crowd has moved from sadness to anger to hysteria, and now, with this proposal, it wants to take the leap to one party leadership. Idiocracy is exactly the right term for it.