FACT Report: February 17, 2016

Undermining Federalism with a National Popular Vote (February 17, 2016)

The Founders created the Electoral College in order to elect a President through a system of checks and balances that serves to protect federalism against the tyranny of the majority. 

However, a bill in the Tennessee legislature would discard the Electoral College in favor of a National Popular Vote, which some claim will help more Republicans get elected President. 

Whether that’s true is debatable, but it ultimately misses the point.  Republican’s winning a few more Presidential elections will not fix the larger problem of a spendthrift Congress that won’t adhere to the Constitution and federal judges who act like legislators. 

Our country needs more checks and balances, not less, and a bill that encourages Presidents to make even more promises to get elected at the expense of the liberty protected by federalism is a step in the wrong direction.

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