Congressman Ron Paul’s (R-TX) latest opinion piece is up — Hands Off the Electoral College — and he has a bit to say about how the electoral college ties in with state rights. I’m actually kind of suprised that he brings this up at all since this bill really doesn’t have much chance of being pushed through. From the article:
Not surprisingly, calls to abolish the Electoral College system are heard most loudly among left elites concentrated largely on the two coasts. Liberals favor a very strong centralized federal government, and have contempt for the concept of states’ rights (a contempt now shared, unfortunately, by the Republican Party). They believe in federalizing virtually every area of law, leaving states powerless to challenge directives sent down from Washington. The Electoral College system threatens liberals because it allows states to elect the president, and in many states the majority of voters still believe in limited government and the Constitution.
I’m glad to see Paul point out that Republicans have an eerily similar anti-federalist agenda as the Democrats. In fact, Republicans have been whittling away at state-rights for some time now, with the federal mandate madness and regulation in every industry that exists. Whether it’s opening a business or applying for a home loan, the federal government is involved in some legal manner that cannot be circumvented. It seems that he’s attacking a federal strawman argument with the electoral college, one that few will argue with (I’m actually in favor of instant runoff voting, but the EC would not need to be abolished), when he should aim his sights a little higher.
Then again, he could be pissed about this particular bill if he’s seriously considering a run for the president in 2008 and sees it as a major hurdle.