Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Success! Maine Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Constitutional Voter System

The Maine GOP had incredible successes in Maine, the Pine Tree Street.

The sweeping victories began with Governor Paul Le Page.

He won his first election with 37% of the vote in a five-way race of Governor.

He won re-election with 40% of the vote.

Pure democracy can be more damaging than constructive.

Reminder: The Framers of the United States Constitution did not support direct democracy.

In fact, they opposed democracy of any kind.

Their greater investment? Division of powers, frustration of power, and checks and balances.

They prized individual liberty and local control as much as possible.

For the past decade, The Democracy has looked for devious ways to "expand the voting franchise", when in reality they want to undermine good governance for special interest powers.

Check out what happened in Maine, when the Maine liberals tried to upend the voting process with "Ranked-Choice Voting".

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2017
Contact: Nina McLaughlin, nina@mainegop.com  

Maine GOP Applauds Ruling On Ranked Choice Voting
Costly system would have added unnecessary burdens and costs, violated spirit of
Maine's elections & Maine Constitution as well as suppressing voter participation

AUGUSTA- The Maine Supreme Court ruled today that the Ranked-Choice Voting Act is in conflict with the Maine Constitution. 

Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage shared his thoughts on the ruling, "Once again we see that special interest driven ballot initiatives are not in the best interest of the Maine people and in this instance, not even Constitutional. This referendum sought to use the popular vote to override our Constitution and undermine the civic spirit and traditions of Maine's elections."

Now this point in the above paragraph is crucial to our understanding of proper governance, as understood by our Framers and every common-sense minded political scientist.

The best opportunities and reforms depend on truth and wisdom, not jut popular vote or consensus. Voters in an of themselves are experts in many fields, but not in all the nececssary subjects for leadership or governing.

The voter franchise is not the ultimate defense for protecting liberties or ensuring the protection of minority rights, either. Constitutional republicans ensure the protection of everyone's rights and opportunities. Equall rights for all; special privileges for none.

"I am pleased by this ruling, but disappointed in the resources that were wasted fighting faulty special interest driven legislation," continued Mr. Savage. "While liberals in Augusta continue to use the 'will of the voter' via referendum as a justification for poorly designed or damaging laws, we believe it is the job of the Legislature to protect the Constitution, our economy, and the well-being of our people and systems of government." 

Another great point. Special interests push these ridiculous referenda for dubious reasons, not just the plain intentions of the language. They want to drive up the Democratic voter count for undemocratic, unrepublican, anti-constitutional proposals.

A huge waste of taxpayer dollars goes into these liberal frivolities, while the state's most crucial needs go unfixed.

"This decision renders useless the argument that referendums are an unimpeachable method of creating policy," said Mr. Savage in conclusion.

The California Republican Party should follow the same lead. The initiative process is becoming the last-ditch effort for individual citizens to stop the abuse of the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento.

On a political note, rank-choice voting would have made it hard for a concentrated minority vote for a Republican candidate to be successful. Such a system would have prevented Governor Paul Le Page from being successful.

With Paul Le Page, a red renaissance has overtaken the once reliably Democratic state. Republicans control the state senate and have a close margin as the minority party in the State House. For the first time in 18 years, a Republican was elected to Congress, specifically representing District 2, the northern part of the state. Furthermore, Donald Trump earned one electoral vote in Maine, because the state allots electoral votes according to Congressional apportionment.

Expect more victories for the Maine Republican Party in the next two years. Sources suggest that Senator Susan Collins will run for Governor, since Le Page is termed out in 2018. Two US Senate seats will be up for election, and the current governor has expressed some interest in the office.

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