So it starts

The House of Representative’s Democrats had barely been sworn in (that’s “in,” not “at”) when they began to make a mockery of what a legislature ought to be doing.

The height of futility might be Rep. Steve Cohen’s introduction of a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote of all 50 states and Washington DC.

So, since most of us have forgotten our civics lessons, what does it take to amend our Constitution? From the National Archives:

The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.

…A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States (38 of 50 States).

Sorry, DC. You’re not a state; just a guaranteed popular vote champion for the Democratic candidate for president. But the salient point: Given that many, if not most smaller-population states would lose their influence on presidential elections under a popular vote takes all scheme, the chances for passage by the Senate or ratification of such a constitutional amendment? Essentially none. Zip. Nada. Bubkes.

A not small point about this Democrat-fueled popular vote foolishness? We are not a democracy. We are a republic. A federal republic, with democracy established within each of our states. Established to ensure that all voices will be heard, and that the herd (can’t resist a homonym) mentality will be checked.

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