You may not have heard of the Village Independent Democrats before right now, probably because they're a local progressive political organization from Greenwich Village and that's just not that interesting a thing to be. Well, you'd better start hearing about them, because the Village Independent Democrats are on the FRONT LINES of the most critical political battle of our time: The Battle for the Electoral College.

Now, you may not think that the VIDs will make very fearsome warriors given their logo, shown above. At this point the Democrats are pretty much stuck with the donkey as their animal, so I guess they just have to make the best of it. It's impossible to make a donkey look extremely intimidating, so the Village Independent Democrats did the next best thing and made it look extremely cute. Like, "My Little Pony-spinoff featuring prancing donkeys" cute.
 
But don't let the peaceful image fool you. On April 17, 2012, the Village Independent Democrats passed a STRONG-WORDED RESOLUTION against the National Popular Vote, specifically its adoption in the state of New York. This resolution used some powerful arguments to show just how disastrous it would be if the great state of New York fell under the NPV's tyranny. For instance:
"WHEREAS the NPV initiative would, from time to time, force 
New York State to give its Electoral votes to a candidate not 
chosen by its voters; and"


First of all, VID did a great job introducing each paragraph with the word "WHEREAS" in ALL CAPS. When I was reading this resolution I kept forgetting that I was reading a resolution, so it was very helpful to be reminded of that fact LOUDLY. Also, I appreciate the fact that every section ends with the word "and;" otherwise I would have assumed it was over after the first one and would never have gotten to read all the BRILLIANT ARGUMENTS TO COME.

Second of all, the words between "WHEREAS" and "and" make a great point. Under NPV, New York State could be FORCED to give its electoral votes to a candidate that New Yorkers didn't even vote for! Which is important because, as everyone knows, the primary purpose of presidential elections is for states to feel like their interests are represented during the few months between when they vote for electors and when those electors vote for president. Not to elect a president that represents the whole country, obviously.

"WHEREAS the popular vote in some States other than New York 
has been unfairly affected by barriers to voting, such as lifetime 
disenfranchisement due to felony conviction, requirement for 
government-issued photo ID and/or other documents, which 
creates unfair restrictions on certain groups of voters such as 
minorities, the poor, the disabled, and the elderly; and"


Those sound like some pretty horrible laws. It's a good thing that under the Electoral College, they don't affect the ultimate outcome of presidential elections held in New York State at all! At least I think that's how it works. Then again, I still think that I can prevent things from happening around me by putting my hands over my eyes and saying "no no no no no no no no no."

"WHEREAS New York State is the only state that worked diligently for 
four years to obtain electronic voting equipment that consists of secure 
machines and software by requiring electronic voting equipment to pass 
testing by an independent testing lab prior to purchase, so that our vote 
tallies are likely to reflect the votes cast; and"


Thank goodness New York State has worked so hard to get super-secure voting equipment to ensure that no one accidentally alters the outcome of a New York presidential election by misplacing two million votes. That time and money was definitely not wasted and would definitely not be more useful under NPV.

"WHEREAS New York's participation in the NPV initiative would be 
contrary to the principles of New York State and would compromise the 
voting freedoms and principles we endorse;" 


I looked up the principles of New York State just to be sure they were right about this:

1. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.

2. Never sleep (in the City, otherwise it's okay).

3. Never participate in a national election in which your votes get lumped in with votes from other states.

4. Go Yankees!

Yup, they were right.

"THEREFORE the Village Independent Democrats urges our State 
Assembly and State Senate to oppose any legislation supporting NPV."  

THEREFORE, I hereby deem the Village Independent Democrats to be Champions of the Republic and True Patriots All. When the time comes for the final charge, may their donkeys carry them swiftly to victory. 
 


Comments

08/29/2013 2:13am

Well, to be frank I don’t think that the Village Independent Democrats can do anything in that matter. Just a minority party cannot establish anything in the United States. However I support the Battle for the Electoral College. I wish all the best to them.

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