Tuesday, November 15, 2016

 

EDITORIAL – THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
 
 
Unfortunately for America and the world intelligence, character and conscience was defeated by ignorance and bigotry on Tuesday, November 8th.
 
It is anticipated that the Electoral College will elect dangerous, deplorable, and despicable mentally unstable narcissist and demagogue Donald J. Trump, a “non-traditional” politician who constantly and consistently “pants on fire” lied during the campaign more than any “traditional” politician in history, as 45th President of the United States of America despite the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of about 631,000 votes (60,981,118 vs  60,350,241 per the Associated Press at November 14, 2016 8:30 AM).
 
The 2 worst Presidents in my lifetime - in my opinion George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump – were placed in office because the Electoral College vote was contrary to popular vote of electorate.  (No, I am not clairvoyant, as a “tweet” had suggested.  I know Trump will be a horrible President, perhaps the worst, because he is Donald Trump!)
 
What was most shocking, and scary, about this election is the fact that, despite everything Trump said and did during the campaign, and everything that was revealed about what he had said and done during his lifetime, this truly horrible and irredeemable human being was elected President!
 
Any one of Trump’s multitude of “sins” by itself would have, in the past, derailed the campaign of a “normal” and “legitimate” candidate.  When added together this enormous multitude should have made it unthinkable for anyone to vote for him – and should have caused the Republican Party and all Republican Congressional candidates to publicly denounce and abandon him.
 
I actually do believe that, as Trump had said, he could have shot someone in Times Square and would not have lost any of his core supporters.
 
In my opinion the 2016 Presidential election was not about politics.  It was not about voting for the candidate whose political beliefs and proposals we supported or about voting for the candidate of our chosen Party.  It was about keeping the worst major party candidate in history – Donald J. Trump - as far away from the White House as possible!   
 
The individual major party candidates were truly problematic.  I believe that if any other Democrat had been the nominee Trump would not have received more than 1/3 of the vote (which is still too many votes).  If any other Republican had been nominated Clinton would have lost the popular vote by a large margin.
 
And I also believe Clinton was the nominee because there were too few choices in the primaries.  Trump was the nominee because there were too many.
 
Two major factors contributed to the mess we now find ourselves in.
 
First is the level of frustration, to a large degree justifiable, and disgust most Americans have with Washington and the incompetence and inaction of Congress.  These Americans wanted an “outsider”.  It is sad that they chose the absolute worst option.  
 
And this election has demonstrated the reality of the “dumbing down of America” - caused in no small part to the proliferation and popularity of the steaming pile of excrement misnamed “reality tv”.
 
I have said many times that television can change the world.  Pioneers like Norman Lear and the creative staff behind M*A*S*H changed the world for the better in the early 1970s.  Same-sex marriage would not have become legally accepted without Ellen DeGeneres and shows like WILL AND GRACE and MODERN FAMILY.  However today “reality tv” garbage is resulting in the decline and deterioration of our society.
 
Without this “dumbing down” of so many Americans, coupled with the false, certainly unearned and undeserved, credibility given to him by “The Apprentice”, it is inconceivable to me that Trump would have ever been accepted as an actual legitimate political candidate.
 
I cannot, and will not, respect and support Donald Trump as our President when I certainly did not respect or support him as a candidate.
 
This stance, like the election itself, is not about politics.  My opposition to Trump was not based on his alleged political proposals and philosophy - he has no political philosophy or convictions.  Or the fact that he was a Republican - I have voted for Republicans for President in the past, including the 2012 election.  It was not an intelligent difference of opinion.  Nothing about Trump is intelligent.
 
I would normally respect and support as President any “legitimate” candidate despite political differences and regardless of who I voted for, as I have always done in the past.
 
But this time it is different.  A “legitimate” candidate would have some degree of morals, ethics, character, and integrity.  Trump has none.  My opposition to Trump during the campaign was based on him personally.  He is a despicable human being and a dangerous narcissist.  Being elected President did not change this.  He is still despicable and dangerous.
 
And I certainly cannot respect a person who has shown no respect for anyone or anything not only as a candidate but throughout his entire adult life.
 
What must be done going forward? 
 
First and foremost we must continue to denounce and oppose Trump and his deplorable rhetoric and alleged policies.   
 
There must be no wall. 
 
There must be no mass deportations. 
 
There must be no political “hit lists” – I truly expect among Trump’s first actions will be vindictive acts of revenge against those who did not “kiss his ring” or anything else during the campaign. 
 
There must be no relaxing of or restrictions on individual civil rights. 
 
We must make sure that women, that all people, are treated with respect by the government and all its representatives. 
 
We must work to make certain that Trump is a one-term President.     
 
But at the same time we must truly begin to work together, despite and not with Trump, to fix what is broken in America.   
 
We also must take a serious and careful look at how the election process can be improved and reformed, including considering changes to the primary system and whether or not we want to continue the Electoral College. 
 
We must think about what must be done to make sure what occurred during this election campaign can never happen again.
 
Robert D Flach
 
 
THE LIBERTY BUZZ Online Digest
 
And so it begins. 
 
+ White supremacists and other bigots have been emboldened and empowered by Trump’s election.
 
USA TODAY tells us “Racist graffiti greets Trump win across USA” –
 
Carlos Wiley, director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Penn State University, said he believes the attacks represent a backlash from people who suppressed racial hatred for years during the Obama presidency. Now they feel it is safe to openly display their contempt.”
 
The article quotes Enid Logan, a professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at the University of Minnesota, who believes Trump's victory legitimized white supremacists' point of view -
 
"There was nothing subtle with Trump — extreme vetting and ideological testing of Muslims, deporting all undocumented people, Mexicans are rapists and murders.  And he won. White people supported him. So this kind of thinking isn't as marginal as we thought."
 
As an aside - Trump was recently asked if he any regrets for his inflammatory campaign rhetoric and if he thought it had gone too far.
 
His response - "No.  I won."

 
Mike Pence is perhaps one of the most anti-LGBTQ evangelical Christian political crusaders to serve in Congress and as governor of a state.”
 
 
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
 
According to the website of the National Archives and Records Administration -
 
The founding fathers established {the Electoral College} in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
 
The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
 
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.
 
Under the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allocated 3 electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College. For this reason, in the following discussion, the word “state” also refers to the District of Columbia.
 
Each candidate running for President in your state has his or her own group of electors. The electors are generally chosen by the candidate’s political party, but state laws vary on how the electors are selected and what their responsibilities are.   
 
Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate. However, Maine and Nebraska each have a variation of “proportional representation.”
 
After the presidential election, your governor prepares a “Certificate of Ascertainment” listing all of the candidates who ran for President in your state along with the names of their respective electors. The Certificate of Ascertainment also declares the winning presidential candidate in your state and shows which electors will represent your state at the meeting of the electors in December of the election year. Your state’s Certificates of Ascertainments are sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election.
 
The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Your state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors. Your state’s Certificates of Votes are sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election.
 
Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct the official tally of electoral votes.”
 
It also explains -
 
There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. Some states, however, require Electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote.”
 
But -
  
Today, it is rare for Electors to disregard the popular vote by casting their electoral vote for someone other than their party's candidate. Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.”
 
How does the Electoral College work?” at HOW STUFF WORKS explains –
 
However, there have been times when electors have voted contrary to the people's decision, and there is no federal law or Constitutional provision against it.”
 
NBC News in Columbus, Ohio reports -
 
There’s a petition online with over 3.5 million signatures as of Saturday evening, asking electors of the Electoral College to cast their votes for Clinton instead of Donald Trump.
 
The petition’s creator Elijah Berg writes:
 
‘If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine – which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!’
 
While it is possible that the Electoral College could elect Clinton as President, it is very, very unlikely that this will happen. 
 
But we can dream, can’t we!