The Pardu

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Electors Dutifully Electing Trump

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As reports are coming in Trump has 216 electoral votes to Clinton's 96 with one New England elector still supporting the failed and influencing Bernie Sanders.  the question is bouncing around about the Electoral College.  
Why? Earlier today I posted a piece from my Facebook feed from Tim Wise (noted lecturer, writer and anti-racist activist) regarding a few perceptions about the genesis of the Electoral College. 
The following is another perspective in a political tool which, in my opinion, has far outgrown its usefulness while moving to a election tool for the GOP. 

The Daily Signal: Why the electoral College?
Many modern voters might be surprised to learn that when they step into a ballot box to select their candidate for president, they actually are casting a vote for fellow Americans called electors. These electors, appointed by the states, are pledged to support the presidential candidate the voters have supported. The Electoral College holds its vote the Monday after the second Wednesday in December following the election. 
Alexander Hamilton defended the Electoral College in Federalist 68. He argued that it was important for the people as a whole to have a great deal of power in choosing their president, but it was also “desirable” that “the immediate election should be made by 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.”  
As students of ancient history, the Founders feared the destructive passions of direct democracy, and as recent subjects of an overreaching monarch, they equally feared the rule of an elite unresponsive to the will of the people. The Electoral College was a compromise, neither fully democratic nor aristocratic.
FINAL VOTE TALLY - Hillary won the popular vote by 2,864,974 votes

Almost three million votes separated the real winner of the 2016 election from the person who will be awarded the US Presidency via a system which should have been removed from our civics electoral system many decades ago. 
The business of running the US as a Republic isn't working for rational Americans or Americans who need a stable and supportive federal government. While the following NBC chart clearly shows 55% of a polled group of Americans think Russian hacking to elect Trump is bothersome, check out the Twitter post that follows.
Over half of a polled group of Americans do not care that Trumps; campaign may very well have received subversive support from Russian hackers.
Now for a bit of information which won't surprise informed liberals, progressives, and open-minded Independents:
An indictment of how effectively the GOP and conservative media have dumbed-down millions who are showing a level of sycophancy unparalleled in our history.
From a flawed electoral system to an indication of how Trump will deal with inevitable criticism from Americans who might criticize Trump. 
How is the Trump cabal dealing with the reality of a general election vote that finalized with the loser winning in pure number by 2.8 million voters?

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