To restore democracy, TIME author Mark Weston recently argued, the 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton must sign a pledge to stop paying their taxes should yet another Republican win the presidency without winning the popular vote.
Never mind the ‘193 million people [who] did not vote for Trump or Clinton’ in 2016. Apparently, what truly matters is electing a president who represents roughly 65 million individuals, a fraction of the population.
Weston explains that ‘[a]ppeals to fairness have not persuaded [Republicans] of the need to amend the Constitution to establish direct presidential elections.’ He asserts that ‘the real chance that a Democrat could win the presidency with fewer votes than a Republican’ does not alarm these callous Republicans into acting.
Instead of appealing to their emotions, Weston then concludes, we must first ‘pester Republicans where it hurts: the pocketbook.’
But the scope of his argument was limited. What he should have contended is that all Americans should pester their entire government’spocketbook by refusing to pay taxes at all.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 9, 2016.