Al Gore conceded the election of 2000 in order to keep our nation from being torn apart. What he didn’t know is that the decisions made by his opposition, George Bush, would plunge our country into a chaotic war and ignite the furor that currently exists in the middle east.
An antiquated institution!
Our electoral system was created to make it possible for remote states to participate in US elections. We didn’t have the communications systems that make voting and voting counts instantly accessible. The electoral system prevented rural, less populated states from being dominated by states with higher concentrations of residents and specific, state-related interests. In a land where communication was difficult and each state’s revenue reflected their specific economic focus such as farming, mining, industry or commerce, the electoral system created greater parity. That need no longer exists. Each state has diversity in its revenue base. Today the electoral system is a liability that undermines democracy.
Have we learned nothing from the horror of putting the country’s will aside by an antiquated, out of date process? Our electors must stand up for what is in the best interest of our country and uphold the vote by the majority of Americans. Donald Trump is a threat to our nation’s stability. We’ve seen the downside of thwarting the will of the people. We need to heed the lesson of the Gore/Bush election and not undermine the popular vote!
Wasn’t one ill-fated war enough to wake us up?
Donald Trump’s thoughts and rhetoric toward Muslims is similar to Adolph Hitler’s concepts about the Jews. He is a character disordered despot in-the-making with an outrageous sense of grandiosity and not a shred of the humility that would make him accountable for his choices and policies. If you know an elector, beg and plead with him/her to stand up for the people’s choice! And please be sure to sign the petition to appeal to electors around the country. Here’s the link.
Presently, Matthew Rozsa of Salon reports that 20 Republicans seem to be contemplating switching away from Trump. 37 are needed.
Here’s what happens if the electors don’t vote the party line:
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President