Could the United States be headed toward another Civil War? Most Americans would scoff at the idea. We are the United States of America, after all – a unified nation, right?
Maybe not as unified as you might think.
At this writing, Delaware is poised to become the 13th state in what is being called the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.” The state legislatures in these 13 states have voted to basically annul the electoral system of election as outlined in the Constitution.
This law gives the state's electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in a national election. That means that even if their people voted for Candidate X, if Candidate Y got the popular vote nationwide, the state legislators would hand their state's vote to Candidate Y.
Currently, with the recent addition of Colorado, whose governor signed the bill Friday, the total is 181, still well shy of the 270 needed. Delaware has only 3 Electoral College votes.
Some would say, “Why shouldn't we go with the popular vote? That's a democracy, right?”
Yes, that is a democracy, but the United States of America is not a democracy; it is a republic. Remember the Pledge of Allegiance? “...and to the republic for which it stands.”
The Electoral College is an elegant mechanism designed by the founding fathers of this country to make sure every vote counts. The number of electors each state has represents the number of votes that state gets in the election, and that is indirectly based on the population of the state.
If the winner of a presidential election were determined by the popular vote (the total number of votes cast for that person in the election) the more densely populated parts of the country would determine who leads the nation. States that are less densely populated, like Montana and Arkansas, would have no voice. The Electoral College maintains the unity of the states by allowing each state its own voice in the election.
There is a groundswell of unrest in this country right now, and while most Americans may not be aware of it, the battle is already engaged. The two sides are:
Liberal, left-wing – Made up of Democrats, Socialists, Communists, and some Libertarians, supporting abortion for all even up to the child's due date, Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer (LGBTQ) preference and teaching children about such things in elementary school, erasing Southern history and heritage, erasing the white male from all images on advertising and in news broadcasts, free college for everyone, free healthcare for everyone, and extended government control over what we eat, drink, wear, and drive.
Conservative, right wing – Made up of Republicans, more than a few independents, and some Libertarians, supporting the traditional values spelled out in the Bible, opposing abortion, considering LGBTQ perversion, letting parents decide how their children should be raised and what they should be taught, letting people buy their own health insurance and earn scholarships to go to college, and generally trying to stay out of the day-to-day business of individuals.
The conservatives hold to the Constitution as the law of the land, while the liberals consider is as guidelines to be followed if it suits the times.
More and more, the sides are looking like Good versus Evil. Conservative Americans who do not like Donald Trump's abrasive personality are starting to realize that if witches and perverts hate him, he must be the good guy.
If the next presidential election comes down to a showdown between the states that refuse to follow the established electoral process and everybody else, the simmering unrest could explode into riots and full-blown physical conflict.
If we have a scenario like the last presidential election, in which Donald Trump won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote, these renegade states may well ignore the vote of their populace and throw their support behind the challenger.
In our little corner of the country, the possibility of armed conflict between Americans seems ludicrous, but it could come, and it may come sooner than most of us think.