Electoral College, a bygone institution

“For diehard Democrats holding out hope that they won’t have to live through a Trump presidency, there is a last, incredibly long shot for them latch on to — a surprise twist in the Electoral College. Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228. According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19 in their respective state capitals. However, there is nothing stopping any of the electors from refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound or by abstaining … ” – New York Post

As of yesterday, CNN put the popular vote figures at 47.5% Trump and 47.7% Clinton. It’s a small margin but it’s there. Hillary won the popular vote. Yet our “modern day” election system is based on an archaic historic election system rendering the votes “for the people and by the people” obsolete. It’s time to change this.

While the electoral college had its uses back in history, it’s use is questionable now. It does not serve the people. It serves the ruling class. This is not a democracy.

While we can still appeal to electors to change their votes before December 19th when they meet, this is a longshot.

Another longshot, but a worthwhile cause, is abolishing the electoral college once and for all.

Created  in 1787, the Electoral College supersedes the popular vote by organizing votes on a state-by-state basis. Historians say it was created as means to protect slavery (according to WGBH).  Hillary Clinton is the fourth president to lose the White House because of the Electoral College, despite having more votes.In a recent poll by the Metro News, 75 percent of readers said the presidency should be determined by the popular vote.

It would seem difficult to end something long revered as a cornerstone of our country’s history, but its time. And it can be done. The Electoral College is enshrined in the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and therefore requires a constitutional amendment, outlined in Article 5. Congress can propose an amendment with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.It must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three-fourths.Finding a majority in a victorious Republican-held government might be a problem, though, but in two years there will be another election and more members could be swapped out.

In 2005, Representative Gene Green from Texas introduced the Every Vote Counts Amendment. The text of it reads  “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States.” This is what a government “for the people and by the people” should be. I understand the electoral college has its place in history. Perhaps we could retain it and give them a symbolic vote, but currently our system gives the people only a symbolic vote, ad that is not a democracy.

I personally spent the morning calling and writing to senators and representatives to reconsider the Every Vote Counts amendment, and I will continue pushing this agenda even if it takes another four years.

Its not about losing

I have a lot of respectful friends, conservs included.(thank you) but mostly  as a liberal leaning moderate, I feel stand alone politically. Currently I know several people blowing up their Facebooks to rail against those upset about the election, how “she didnt get the votes!” (yes she did) & how only people upset are only people who “want freebies” & are “hysterical for nothing.”
I gave them both the same response…to these middle class white guys with well paying  jobs, no pre existing conditions, no kids and secure housing.
“Trumps views on women have very real consequences. Trumps SCOTUS appointments will have very real consequences. People who have pre existing conditions and insurance for the first time have the right to be worried. LBGT people who are finally, legally married have very real worries. Women who need & deserve access to affordable birth control and family planning services have a right to be worried. It is terribly unfair for a middle class white guy with a full time job, no disabilities, no kids & no worries to rail against against people with very valid ones.I’ve tolerated 8 yrs of tantrums from the GOP Congress for not getting their way, but its very unfair to tell real people with real stakes that dont apply to you, not to be upset.”

to Hillary and to Donald

I just want to say thank you to hillary for being so questionable, DNC for being so corrupt….you used scare tactics to force a false unity. You know what? People were united, and you took our candidate away. I hope you learn next time to take “we the people ” seriously.
To the people blaming third party voters. No. Blame the system rigged against us that that seems like a valid excuse. We deserve choices. Maybe just maybe next time we will have them.
This started long before now. Think back to when we questioned what’s a “legitimate ” rape. Back to scotus proceedings on birth control. Back to Kim Davis and her “rights” over others.
Occupy. Black lives matter. These groups didn’t spring up without cause. They were responding to things unseen by factions of our nation.
I hate trump with every fiber of my being but hes a reflection of society that’s been headed this way a long time.
And he answers to us now. I hope he was lying his way through the campaign and I certainly think he was. I hope so.
But don’t forget there’s more of US than him.

Election thoughts

I truly believed the votes would be far more split. I figured there would be an even number of Clinton and trump supporters but I truly thought Johnson was pulling from conservatives and his percentages were far more than Stein etc that was what gave me hope. I never in my life predicted there would be Bernie supporters who’d protest vote with Trump. (Really? How could you?) I feel very sad and worried for a country that elects a man endorsed by the America nazi party and kkk. Very sad. But still I rise.

Election night thoughts

I’m exhausted. I stayed up watching news. I couldn’t sleep. I cried half the morning. Now I’m just tired and quiet I guess. Sad, but reflective. Nothing will change overnight. Obamas still the Pres til January. I’m certain in Jan all those GOPers will hot the ground running though. I feel privileged to live in CA, where I think if the rest of the country is against something there’s a chance the state may still allow it (I mean we have legal marijuana, I’m sure we can keep things legal..like equal marriage, safe access to abortion and birth control, medical care for the poor, etc. Heres hoping.

Questions for Hillary

I am a Hillary supporter but I like real news and real facts.

I’d like answers to several questions as would my readers. People want to support Hillary but there are a lot of questions that are in the air still needing to be addressed.
~The emails: how did Hillary as Secretary of Defense not understand this was not a secure or good idea?
~Debbie Wasserman: what is Hillary’s relationship w/ Debbie? Why did Hillary not make any public statement re the DNC scandal involving Debbie –and then give her a position on her personal campaign staff? This looks terrible PR-wise.
~DNC: What does Hillary say about the allusion that the nomination process was “fixed” or manipulated in some way by the DNC? Is there any truth to this? Why hasn’t HRC not commented directly?

~How does Hillary REALLY feel about Bernie?

I have written to her contact page as well as the email for press questions. We’ll see if there’s answers. I know I cant consciously vote with so many questions in the air.