Supremacy clause. States come begging to the federal government. States make up their own laws because the federal government lets them. When the time comes over a particular issue they smack them down. Why do you think same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states despite some backward ass states like Texas and my own state of Kansas insisting they arent. Its because the Fed says hell yes they are and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it.
It is typical all across the country that electors go to the winning party in the state’s popular vote, though they are not required to, by law. Maine and Nebraska do not, for instance. And electors can also be “faithless” which means they vote as they want to and now how the state asks them to, but that is extremely rare.
If the California government wants to tell their electors to vote in proportion to the popular vote they can do so.
They won’t, however, because they will want all 55 electors to go to the Democrats.
It’s also the only system that guarantees that millions of American votes will get torn up and thrown in the trash. You could have a couple kids that end up living in a democratic state for their entire lives and not once would their presidential vote not get torn up (if they vote like you).
Yes we all know it looks and feels great on our founding document. In practice though it doesn’t work like that. Want an example? Ok.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. That is the one where the where congress passes a law telling the states they couldn’t make their own laws concerning the purchase of alcohol to anything less than what big daddy federal said was the minimum. Signed by the great one himself Reagan.
Guess what? ALL of the states went into compliance regardless of the bellyaching. Why? Cause they weren’t about to give up the nice chunk of highway funds that was going to be withheld if they didn’t.
There are many more examples but they aren’t needed to illustrate that just as I said, the states only get to do what the federal government will let them do, and in the above example letting 18 to 20 year olds purchase alcohol wasn’t one of them.
Quite a few states in the past 15 or so years thought they were gonna be all powerful and pushes out laws stating homosexual people couldn’t marry. What do you know, here we are in 2019 with the SCOTUS telling them to get in line and yes you are going to recognize gay marriage. What did they do? Fell in line.
Thats a lot of verbiage to not even come close to addressing the point I made which is right in front of your eyes every day you wake up. What the constitution says and how our government actually works are two very different things. If it weren’t there would be gay marriages all over the country and you wouldn’t have paid one red cent for Obamacare.
As for the EC, states with the least population are already ignored. Take a look. This image is all the election rallies made by Trump in 2016.
Candidates that already ignore states do so at their own peril.
Ask Hillary Clinton, who ignored Wisconsin and almost totally ignored Michigan.
She thought she could win on the states she had in the bag - the heavily-populated states - and she was wrong.
That’s why I love the EC and the small-population states love the EC.
And how our government works is the FedGov can make federal law and the states can make state law and the 10th Amendment spells out where the states have their power - even on national issues.
I’ll give you a perfect example: The 10th Amendment establishes that the FedGov cannot compell state and local authorites to arrest persons on federal crimes. That’s why we have all the problems with sanctuary cities, for instance. The state and locals can write laws that prevent their police from becoming defacto federal officers in the federal problem of illegal immigration.
Wisconsin and Michigan are not small population states they are both in the top 20 in terms of population. Yes Hillary did ignore said states and that was her fault. It doesn’t change the fact that not only she but Trump did the same thing which was ignore all the smaller states.
You loving the smaller states doesn’t mean anything. The EC doesn’t really do anything to help them the way you seem to think they do. Case in point the most recent election in 2016. Maybe Clinton does make a few more visits to a couple of larger states that were ignored. Maybe she wins those an all those small states mean nothing.
As for how the government works yet again you haven’t been paying attention. The Fed could absolutely compel state and local authorities to do their bidding. In the case of an issue like sanctuary cities, it would be pretty much as simple as telling the states if they don’t help them out reporting illegals they simply won’t devote any monetary funds towards anything else in the state. And the states would cower like little dogs.
Why doesn’t the fed do this? Simple because no one in the GOP especially the president have the nuts to attempt such a situation, never have, probably never will, because they know they couldn’t withstand the political heat from it, and their voters aka you would never hold them accountable to do so. You love lip service and scapegoats. Same reason the stupid ass wall isn’t being built. Congrats.