Somebody Explain the Electoral College? … I Will!

I just had my first Twitter melt down. (How Trump of me.) I was responding to a gentleman who was under a misapprehension regarding the electoral college. It’s understandable that anyone would be confused about something as nonsensical as the Electoral College, and the fact that it has not been abolished these two hundred plus years later is beyond any explanation.

Up until the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, after the presidential election of 2016, (which is when the members of the electoral college convene in their respective states to cast the votes that actually determine who wins— ridiculous but true), I still held hope in the Electors, the men who have the job of casting the actual votes that decide the next leader of the free world. 

If you read my blog, you understand my hope was that these men would do what the founding fathers intended which, as I interpret the constitution, would have been to vote to “protect the will of the people” by putting the actual decision of the presidency in the hands of the popular vote, and not to submit to the results of gerrymandering (the manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class), and Russian interference. 

The electoral college voted as they were expected to vote. The winner lost, the loser won, and Angela Merkel became the leader of the free world. 

That said, it was the arrogance of this twit, I mean tweet, that inspired me to re-post from January 09, 2017. 

Enough. He believes we have the electoral college so that the 10 most populated cities “who think they are intielctuallly superior to everyone” can’t decide the direction of the country. I won’t post my response here, but I think Ty needs a more thorough explanation.

So, not because I think I’m your “intellectual superior” but because everyone needs to understand the ugly truth of our history, this is for you Ty… and I’m sorry I called you a moron.

Someone (Nicolas Miller) once stated that our electoral system for electing presidents “is truly a gift that keeps on giving”- I say if there is a gift receipt I’d like to exchange it for something more fitting a Democracy. (Democratic republic for those who can’t grasp the fact that Democracy is the ideology this country strives for.)

The electoral college was adopted in 1787. The failures of the system were first apparent in 1800 with a tied election. Since then, elections in 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016, all resulted in the loser winning.

I finally saw Hamilton the musical last night. I loved it, it was amazing. Beyond making … hmm…what’s his name…Alexander Hamilton a household name, it shed light on the man’s genius. He was an interpreter of the constitution, penning 51 of the 85 essays called the Federalist Papers which had the purpose of defending and clarifying the proposed Constitution, he was founder of the nation’s financial system and the first Secretary of the Treasury, he founded what was to become the US Coast guard, and he launched the New York Post. Those are only some of the achievements he accomplished in a relatively short lifetime…not bad for an illegitimate orphan from the British West Indies. 

Besides the inducement of enjoying theater, I had another reason to see Hamilton. I was interested to see if the subject of the electoral college was addressed in the musical, because Alexander Hamilton was in large part behind its conception. In answer to that, no it wasn’t specifically addressed. The musical was written before the subject became such a hot topic of debate. Hamilton’s authorship of 51 of the essays in Federalist Papers was mentioned.

In recent months, the most hotly debated essay of the Federalist Papers has been No. 68. It is the second in a series of 11 of said essays discussing the powers and limitations of the Executive branch and the only one to describe the method of selecting a president.
The electoral college was a compromise. It was concocted to garner enough support to ratify the constitution. 

The founding fathers were split on how a president should be elected. Some wanted a direct election by the people, while others wanted the president to be elected by congress. 

Again, the electoral college was a compromise concocted to garner support for the constitution which had not yet been ratified. 

In an attempt to gain support of the slaveholding states, the “Three-Fifths Compromise” was included in the Electoral College proposal—three fifths of the population in those states at the time were slaves— who were not allowed to vote. This “Compromise” essentially gave a slaveowner’s vote the weight of the numbers of their slaves. If their slaves had been given a vote, and they voted in accordance with their slave owners that might have been fair…or not.

By virtue of the original intent of the Three-Fifths Compromise, it should have been abolished the same year blacks were given a vote. 

Let’s go back to Hamilton. He was anti-slave, however he viewed the system of an electoral college as superior to direct popular election for a few reasons:

  • he recognized, the “sense of the people should operate in the choice,” and would through the election of the electors to the Electoral College. Second, the electors would be:
  • “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
  • Such men would be “most likely to have the information and discernment” to make a good choice, and avoid the election of anyone “not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications”.
  • Corruption of an electoral process could most likely arise from the desire of “foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” To minimize risk of foreign machinations and inducements, the electoral college would have only a “transient existence” and no elector could be a “senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States”; electors would make their choice in a “detached situation”, whereas a preexisting body of federal office-holders “might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes.”

Also, a successful candidate for the office of president would have to have the distinguished qualities to appeal to electors from many states, not just one or a few states:

  • “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States”

Hamilton expressed confidence that:

  • “It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue”
  • The members of the electoral college do not have an infinite number of responsibilities. They have one job. That job is to ensure the person elected to office of President of the United States:
  1. reflects the will of the people, 
  2.  is unaffected by foreign machinations,
  3.  is someone with requisite qualifications.

On December 19, 2016, Members of the Electoral College failed to do their intended job. 

In addition, more than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they either did not live in the congressional districts they represented, or they held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders, and yet these factors were ignored by the Senate this Friday, January 6, 2016, when a third opportunity to disqualify an illegitimate election was disregarded.

Corrupt cowardice is at the helm of America’s sinking leader-ship. Our tax dollars pay these people who have allowed so many opportunities to correct an injustice to a vast majority of the population before Inauguration Day. Sorry, but I think it’s bullshit.

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Trump Wants Your Personal Information

Donald Trump, the president who won’t let you see his tax returns, wants your name, birthday, the last four digits in your Social Security number, as well as your voting history dating back to 2006. Why?

One of the many executive orders Trump signed in May was to establish a commission to “promote fair and honest federal elections.” Beyond a photo op display of his penmanship, he has indeed put together a “voter integrity commission” supposedly in order to prove his claim of “widespread voter fraud” during the 2016 election. His unsubstantiated proclamation is that 3-5 million votes were cast illegally and those illegal votes cost him the popular vote win. 

This Thursday letters were sent out to all 50 states demanding they turn over the sensitive information in their voter roll database to said commission. Three states so far have flatly refused. California, Virginia, and Kentucky have stated, as one reason for their non-compliance, they will not waste taxpayer dollars:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) stated— “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression,” 

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) who also refused to cooperate with the Trump request said— “The president created his election commission based on the false notion that “voter fraud” is a widespread issue – it is not, indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election, Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”

I wonder at the timing of this. During a hearing on cybersecurity just last week, officials of the DHS and the FBI testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee disclosing details of the extent to which voter registration rolls were compromised by Russian hackers. We learned proof exists of attempts to breach the voting systems of 21 states, and of their success in 9 states. 

In Illinois for example, personal data of more than 90,000 registered voters was stolen by Russian operatives. Of those records, 90% of the data included drivers license numbers, and 25% contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers— the same information our POTUS is demanding.

Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany next week. Perhaps Putin could save our taxpayer dollars by giving Trump the information he seeks from the 50 states… or perhaps Trump’s motivation and the timing of his request is to arm himself with a gift for Putin of the information Russian operatives were unable to completely gather previously. 

When Americans register to vote is that considered authorization to release personal information which could be used for a myriad of nefarious activities? Given the choice, I would never give my information to a man who is considered a con artist among his peers. 

Who is looking out for the interests of Americans? It certainly isn’t Donald Trump, although that is exactly what he promised to do when he took office. The GOP has made it clear that as long as Trump continues to pass their agendas they will not question his actions with regards to Russia.

Why are we allowing this? 

An Illusion of Healthcare 


Trumpcare is the new plan for you to buy

You may keep your doctor but there’s a glitch

We exclude illness, so millions will die

But there will be more money for the rich

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You pay for insurance, a monthly bill

Every claim you submit we’ll deny

It’s all pre-existing, say what you will

And your age…well I’m afraid it’s too high

                                ~

Big Pharma companies somehow contrived

To charge Americans two times as much 

For prescription drugs that keep them alive

Let us give Pharma a tax cut as such

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The GOP with ties to Russian banks

Betsy Devos’ family— owns Spectracare 

Alfa bank invested, the Russians say thanks

AND…Congress members keep Obamacare

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Trump Tweets lies of a plan he has not read

Promises tax cuts to billionaire friends

Democrats can’t vote if they are all dead 

That is how this healthcare illusion ends 
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Trumpcare’s Dirty (Bakers) Dozen

Remember the collective sigh of relief we breathed as a nation when the Senate rejected the American Health Care Act, Paul Ryan’s answer to Affordable Care Act? 

The bill had narrowly passed in the House with 217 members voting Yes, and 213 voting No. (Every Democrat, 193 voted no, joined by 20 republicans— 217 Republicans voted yes, 1 didn’t vote.) Celebrations were had by all- Paul Ryan received a pat on the back from Donald Trump, along with a “good job” and “we did it”—mwahahaha

The bill moved onto the Senate where it was… voted down. 

Relief was felt by many who assumed the Senate would rewrite the bill more humanely.

Instead, these thirteen Republican Senators met behind closed doors to “fix” the bill, without input from anyone, without a word as to what exactly they were doing. They didn’t do anything, the bottom line is the same. They would throw us all under the healthcare bus in order to keep their special interest donors happy, and none of them would lose a nights sleep. 

This is KY Senator Mitch McConnel’s dirty dozen: Orin Hatch UT, Lamar Alexander TN, Mike Enzi WY, John Thune SD, *Mike Lee UT, *Ted Cruz TX, Tom Cotton AR, Cory Gardner CO, John Barrasso WY, John Cornyn TX, Robert Portman OH, Pat Toomey PA

Of the 100 US Senators the bill needs a majority to pass. 50 will be sufficient with VP Pence acting as the tie breaker. 

Pence is a so-called Christian who would vote to take away the healthcare of 23 million Americans…because, although it’s not what Jesus would do, it will rid us “of the burden that Obamacare has placed on your businesses and on families in your communities,” yeah he said that.

But, this bill will not pass in its current form. All 46 Democrats, along with 2 independents will vote no, and there are 4 Rogue Republican Senators who have stated they’ll vote no on the bill as it is written today. The remaining 48 Republicans are expected to vote yes. 

The odd thing is of the four Republicans who have said they plan to vote against the bill, *Ted Cruz (R TX), *Mike Lee (R UT), Rand Paul (R KY), and Ron Johnson (R WI), two of them were part of the secret group who wrote the bill behind closed doors without the input of anyone else. Hmm…curious.

While the bill is not expected to pass, don’t get too excited, it won’t go away. The Senate will work to improve on the garbage Mitch McConnell and his twelve accomplices put together. It will be another exercise in moving around the same empty shells. Those four Republicans will eventually be pressured or bribed and will change their votes. 

The Trumpcare bill won’t disappear. There will be no starting from scratch or working to improve or fix the now very popular Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), for a couple of reasons. 

  1. We have a president who is determined to undo everything President Obama accomplished at any cost, out of hatred based on his racism and petty jealousy.
  2. This is not about healthcare to the GOP. This is about money. This is about politicians paying back those who donate to their campaigns, and giving a tax break to the rich. This is a plan that will pull the rug out from under Medicaid, make healthcare, prescription drugs, and all medical services an elitist privilege. The rich will get richer, the U.S. will see a re-distribution of wealth, the GOP will be rewarded with blood money, and they will achieve the ultimate voter suppression— because dead men can’t vote. 

If not now, then in a few months America will be without affordable healthcare. Until we fully commit to removing the GOP from Washington, we are a doomed society.


The following is a list of members of the House of Representatives who voted yes, and are up for reelection in 2018:


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Batten Down Yer Hatches Trump

Avast ye— t’was on planet earth

Yo ho America the realm 

That sailed off course when Russia

Put cockswain Trump at the helm

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Abaft in the White House

And each dungbie thar in

Sons (in-law) o biscuit eaters

And more hornswagglers moved in

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Voyaging on toward Russia 

An iceberg dossier appeared

Held by privateer James Comey 

Whose forthrightness was bigly feared

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Trump flexed his flabby muscle

Tried tapered bully charm

Hands hoy, er ye be shark bait 

Senate sounded the alarm

~

Thar be more than one black spot

‘Pon further inspection

Mike Pence too will walk the plank

Scuttle future elections

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Powder monkey Paul Ryan 

Plays a plaintive melody

On his violin sinking

With his band the GOP

~

Their tune a compilation

Healthcare, Banks, and Tax reform 

Nary enuf lifeboats fer

Trump’s pre-existing faux platform

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<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/taper/”>Taper</a&gt;, 

U With the Uterus 

Hey! You with the uterus! 

Stop right there!

Drop that insurance card!

Hands in the air!

You suspected pregnancy 

And bought a urine test

Don’t try to pass it off as new— 

The condition pre-exists!

Mammograms and Pap smears

All your women’s needs

You expect them to be covered 

In your health plan? That’s just greed.

Rich old white male politicians 

Won’t vote to subsidize the cost

Of care to keep you healthy here

In America— democracy is lost

Though they all had mothers 

Who birthed them at one time

Do their moms see what happened 

To their Repugnant offspring? It’s a crime.

A tax cut has priority 

Over compassion and ethics

Viagra however— treats a condition 

Which never pre-exists

So, you with the uterus, 

Happy Mothers Day!

Of that uterus, what happens to it— 

By the way, you have no say

Though the senate won’t approve this bill, 

Their version keeps women under attack

Because it’s not orange, no it’s Women 

Women are the GOP’s new black