Do you believe the Arizona Republican Party should stand up for The U.S Constitution, and the rights of Arizonans before the wishes of People in other states? Jim O’Connor does; however, apparently some in our own party do not.
Some have said this issue isn’t something someone running for state party Chairman should be talking about. Instead they say to focus almost exclusively on fundraising, as if the principles guiding how those funds are spent were irrelevant. It may sound cynical, but this betrays a sad reality, you can always raise more money, if you don’t care about whose agenda you have to push in order to get it.
Many powerful and well connected Republicans in Arizona seem to believe that Hillary Clinton should have won the election. As such they have been working to pass National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC) in Arizona for some time now. In February 2016 the Arizona House of Representatives voted 69% in favor of, and passed the NPVC.
The NPVC (not to be confused with the broader concept of NPV in general ) is an attempt to introduce the election of U.S. Presidents by popular vote via an interstate compact. This would, they suppose skirt the need for a difficult to pass constitutional amendment.
Interstate compacts which fundamentally disrupt the Constitution are explicitly prohibited by it under Article I section 10.
Although states are free to decided how they choose their electors within each state; it is the nature of the interstate compact itself that is unconstitutional. Furthermore, having state electors disregard the wishes of those they represent is counter to the founding principals of our Union, and an affront to the concept of representative government and the rule of law.
If The People wish to select a President via national popular vote, then the only lawful route would be a constitutional amendment. The people pushing NPVC know that this is true. That is exactly why they are trying to do it via an interstate compact. That way, they can quietly obtain the 270 electoral votes they need by passing NPVC in just 11 states, rather than the 38 states which an Amendment would require.
The Arizona legislature receives its power from The People of Arizona and as such does not have the authority in any matter to disregard the will of The People. The presidential desires of people in California, New York, or anywhere else should rightly have absolutely zero impact on the electors chosen by Arizona’s representative government.
The issue at hand here is not if selecting the President by popular vote is wise; it is that the the compact is absolutely unconstitutional, an affront to our republic, and the rule of law.
Jim O’Connor has been working tirelessly for well over a year to pass resolutions at Republican county committees throughout Arizona.
This is the kind of hands-on leadership, our party needs now more than ever. You can view the slides from Jim’s Presentation on NPVC, and the resolution itself using these links:
Whereas, the Constitutional method of electing the President of the United States through the Electoral College was the method deemed best by the founding fathers of the United States of America for ensuring state sovereignty because all states, both large and small, are included in the Presidential election process; and,
Whereas, the Constitution preserves the balance of power and authority between the federal and state governments through the mechanism of the Electoral College; and,
Whereas, the Electoral College has been tested and proven itself over 56 presidential elections as the method to best preserve our representative Republican form of government, resulting in the election of a President by a majority of electoral votes not a mere plurality; and,
Whereas, the National Popular Vote Compact if successfully implemented would eviscerate the constitutional Electoral College process of electing the President of the United States; and,
Whereas, it is the moral and legal conviction that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land amendable only by means specified within Article V of the Constitution; and,
Whereas, the Constitution is the document that originated our constitutional republic which created the “rule of law”, which protects our freedoms, individual liberties, and our right to make individual choices. Those protections would be lost forever as this National Popular Vote Compact would move us from a republic into a pure democracy subjecting us to majoritarian rule; and,
Whereas, the Arizona State Legislature does not have the moral or legal authority to “reassign” the outcome of the vote of the citizens of Arizona across state borders without the consent of the governed.
Therefore be it Resolved, that the AZGOP opposes this attempt to undermine the U.S. Constitution and the Electoral College by way of the National Popular Vote Compact; and,
Further be it Resolved, that the AZGOP does fully endorse retaining the constitutionally approved and time-tested Electoral College method of awarding electoral votes to candidates to win the office of the President of the United States of America;
And be it further Resolved, the AZGOP strongly encourages our Arizona members of the State House and Senate to reject the National Popular Vote Compact and to neither sponsor nor vote in favor of such legislation should it be proposed.
Click here to go to a page where you can print off just the resolution suitable for taking to your committee.