Coloradans need to wake up to the threat of House Bill 1299, which would spit on the U.S. Constitution and render Colorado irrelevant in national political elections. The Left is pushing the issue forward because it can, hoping to prey on the ignorance and apathy of the general populace. But perhaps they forgot what happened with Amendment 36 in 2004, which voters rejected nearly two-to-one.
HB 1299 is worse than that: Rather than divide up Colorado’s electoral votes proportionally based on our own state’s popular vote, this bill would sell all our electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Colorado truly would be political flyover country, our state’s interests all but forgotten.
Do I need to rehash the arguments? Without time, I instead point you to:
- El Presidente’s sound case against HB 1299, with links to other key opinions
- Amy Oliver gives an excellent explanation of the dangers of HB 1299
- Rossputin notes how HB 1299 runs counter to the genius of our Founding Fathers’ political experiment
- Joshua further highlights HB 1299′s potential constitutional problems vis a vis interstate compacts and the danger of losing state control over our election process
Only 3 Democrats in the House had the courage to vote against this monstrosity: Kudos to Jeanne Labuda, John Soper, and Sal Pace. The problem is there were too many Democrats to overcome their lost votes. That doesn’t have to be the case in the state senate. Make your voice heard.
The Democrats in charge at the statehouse at best are wasting our time by pursuing this agenda. The people have already spoken in 2004. It’s time to speak loudly again.