Gary Galles

Gary Galles

After it became clear Donald Trump’s Electoral College triumph would be accompanied by a popular vote loss, USA Today predicted renewed attempts “to kill the Electoral College.” Since then, Oregon has joined those national popular vote efforts, and Colorado is poised to, pending its governor’s signature.

On Dec. 15, America passed the anniversary of our Bill of Rights, designed as a strong bulwark against arbitrary government power and without which we would not exist as a nation. Unfortunately, it received hardly any notice last month. I saw only one mention, and I had to go beyond my usual round of websites and newsfeeds to find it. However, the debate that led to it still deserves close attention as it is central to constraining government to “stay in its lane” by defending Americans’ rights against its public servants’ continued efforts to careen dangerously outside it.