Tom Perez is the current chairman of the Democrat National Committee. This is unsurprising as he has a dream Democrat pedigree. He was Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights division of the DOJ under Barack Obama. In that post, he enforced the idea that white people could not be discriminated against, and otherwise upheld every possible destructive progressive narrative. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Secretary of Labor where he continued to prove himself a particularly rabid progressive functionary, never so much as stooping to pretend to be non-partisan.
One of the hallmarks of true progressives is a disdain for anything standing in the way of their establishment of a utopia in their own image. This particularly includes the Constitution, which has a nasty habit of limiting governmental power and preventing progressives from running roughshod over the rights of lesser beings for their own good. That such lesser beings are unable to understand what’s good for them only makes ignoring the Constitution all the more necessary.
It’s reassuring to know some things never change, and Perez is ably proving that, as The Free Beacon.com reports:
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez incorrectly stated ‘the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution’ during a Tuesday night speech.
‘The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution,’ Perez said during a lecture at Indiana University Law School. ‘It doesn’t have to be there.
Oh Mr. Perez, but it is there:
Article II, Section 1
1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows
2: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
3: The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.
I love the spelling of the 1700s. Perez is working to circumvent the Constitution to impose presidential election by popular vote, a Democrat imperative since Al Gore lost the presidency in the Electoral college while winning the popular vote, just as Hillary Clinton did. Since Gore’s loss, Democrats can regularly be seen angrily asserting Gore and Clinton actually won the election because they won the popular vote. Of course, that’s not how presidents are elected in America, all because of that pesky Constitution.
Democrats want to overturn the Electoral college, which was a compromise written into the Constitution so larger population centers would not dominate the nation, giving every state a real say in national elections. In a popular vote system, the population centers on the coasts would decide the election, ensuring permanent Democrat rule. Presidential candidates could safely ignore much of the nation, and federal policy would inevitably pander to the coastal elites that elected the president and fund federal politicians. It’s a recipe for tyranny and civil war. The glue holding our constitutional republic together is the certainty citizens can periodically, in a peaceful and orderly fashion, throw the bastards out and try a different group of bastards. With permanent one-party rule, that glue dissolves.
Perez has previously stated that President Donald Trump ‘didn’t win’ last November’s election because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but he has never denied the fact that it is part of the Constitution.
Well, at least not publically–until now.
Following his comment, Perez went on to explain his hopes that states agree to a ‘national popular vote compact,’ in which states agree to give their allocated electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
‘There’s a national popular vote compact in which a number of states have passed a bill that says, we will allocate our vote, our electoral votes, to the person who wins the national popular vote once other states totaling 170 electoral votes do the same,’ Perez said. ‘I’m frankly proud to tell you that the first state to pass such a law was Maryland.
Don’t these people understand the intent of the electoral college system? Of course they do; that’s the point:
Most critiques of the Electoral College, such as this one from Slate, which describes it as ‘a democratically indefensible anachronism that dilutes minority votes while disproportionately amplifying whites votes,’ also recognize that it is part of the Constitution.
‘The Electoral College remains lodged in our Constitution, and this year, for the fourth time in history, it elevated to the presidency a candidate who lost the popular vote,’ writes Slate in its lead paragraph.
Well yes. It is “lodged” in the Constitution, because the founders knew reliance on a popular vote system would disenfranchise all but the most populous states. Major cities, which have come to be almost universally Democrat ruled, would always determine the outcome of presidential elections, which is precisely what Progressives want. They don’t care about equality under the law. They don’t care–their hysterical protestations to the contrary–that every vote have equal weight. They just want to win and impose their will on lesser beings, the deplorable God and gun clingers of Flyover Country. Perez’s initiative is a way to avoid the constitutional amendment process—they know they’d fail—and make an end run around the Constitution.
While one might rightly be horrified that a man that served as a Federal prosecutor and the Federal Secretary of Labor would be so apparently ignorant of the Constitution and its history, to say nothing of his desire to subvert it, it’s easily understandable. He, and the Democrats, are nothing more than would be tyrants, a dime a dozen throughout history.
Perhaps the greater tragedy is the fecklessness of congressional Republicans who help people like Perez, and make their despotic goals more likely.