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Showing posts with label Your Vote. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Your Vote. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Electoral Electrons Vs Popular Vote Elections VS Non-Voters





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Twice in the 21st Century, the GOP has reaped the benefit of the Electoral College. The "college" has been debated for decades. Since George W. Bush's election in 2000 and another dose of electoral results leading to Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office, the electoral process is coming under scrutiny from non-conservatives.

Have you seen the image which follows?



The image has merit but while serving to illustrate a point to sympathetic viewers, and the nation's gullible, there is much more to consider of the college.

Snopes performed an analysis of a popular Electoral College image which seems to make the rounds among conservatives.

The electoral system certainly has flaws. According to Assets Pearson School dot com, the system has three major flaws. The flaws don't always benefit the Right while the Right has shaped our world in significant ways twice in this century. 

What are the flaws in the electoral college? 
There are three major flaws, or defects, in the electoral college system. First, there is always the danger that the winner of the popular vote will not win the presidency. This has happened four times, most recently in 2000. The winner-take-all factor means that any votes won by the loser of the popular vote are not reflected in the electoral vote. For example, in 2008, Barack Obama won only 51 percent of the popular vote in Ohio. Still, he won all of Ohio’s 20 electoral votes, even though 2.5 million Ohioans voted for John McCain. See Figure 13.6 on page 334.  (Via this link
The second flaw is that the Constitution does not require the electors to vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote. Electors do not usually refuse to vote for their party’s presidential nominee. It has happened only eleven times. In none of these contests did this action change the outcome of the election. Swing voter Those voters who have not yet decided which candidate they will support at the start of the campaign and who are open to persuasion by either side Battleground states States in which any major candidate could win and the outcome is too close to call Reading Strategy Visualizing What clues on this page help you visualize the number of flaws in the electoral college? USGovt09_Ch13.indd 332 4/24/09 6:27:11 PM Chapter 13 • Section 5 333 
Third, if neither candidate wins a majority in the electoral college, the election would have to be decided in the House of Representatives. This is a problem because each state would then have one vote. States with smaller populations would count as much as larger states. Plus, if a state could not decide on a candidate, it would lose its vote. Finally, if a strong third party candidate were involved in an election, it is possible that the House could not make a decision by Inauguration Day. 
The article is sate s fair case regarding the Electoral College, the critical question is: How can we continue to ignore the popular vote during decades when the US population is far greater than the population of the early states?

I invite you to return to the top of the piece, view the pictures and associated vote count, and think for a minute. Even if you hated, or hate, Hillary Clinton, and are of sound mind you must accept the flaws of Donald Trump leading the nation.

Of the numbers in the [iage above, one point stands out.  Over 75 million voting aged Americans didn't vote  More votes on voting day and the Hillary margin might have been greater thus less opportunity for the GOP (Electoral ) College to kick-in. 
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Mass Killings The GOP, NRA ,And Your Vote


Here we go again.

House of Representatives Prayers And Moment of Silence..before Business as usual.

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House Chief NRA represeatnaive: "Now is not the time."  Read and souns like a script from NRA headquarters.



Is there any wonder the GOP has zero interest in any form of firearm control?


Watch this quick hit video.

Would you like a more thorough review?  Try Open Secrets.  

Open Secrets
Money to congressional candidates: 2016 Cycle
You may also be interested in our comprehensive Gun Rights vs. Gun 

Control Profile

House # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions


The US House of Representatives has 435 members.

Senate # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions


The US Senate has 100 members.


See all recipients
METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more. All donations were made during the 2016 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission. Figures for the current election cycle are based on data released on May 16, 2017. 
This table lists candidates receiving money from this organization in 2015-2016. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals may include subsidiaries and affiliates.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Your Vote, Your Sec'y of State And Your President



Image result for russian cyber attack on usaWhat we recently heard from Trump's Sec'y of State, Rex Tillerson about Putin's interference in US elections is indicative of an administration who cannot "shoot straight."

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle along with all cable media (including some Fox News shows) offered a segment about Tillerson's remarks. I will add his remarks were pathetic and seem to allow a path for Putin to again strike in 2018. Lest we forget Putin one adorned Tillerson with a high level Russian awarded when Tillerson ran Exxon Mobil.  




If you recall Donald Trump has only fleetingly and very hesitantly commented on Russian tampering to help hi win in 2016. In fact, I suspect he will continue to turn a shoulder to the issue if left to his preferences. We are fortunate to have Americans who, regardless of exposure to Trump and his henchmen, speak out in defiance of Putin and his desire to influence world order across the globe.

There are former administration officials who speak frankly about Putin's internet army:
We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.” said Jeh Johnson the former DHS Secretary.
We also have a few current administration officials who place county over Trumpism, while speaking about Russain meddling. One such American is the current head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, Jeanette Manfra.

Jeanette Manfra NBC News. She spoke in the context of a close election if three states and the potential for tampering in two of those states: Michigan and Wisconsin.
How close was the race? Well, the election was essentially decided by 107,000 people in these three states. If it swung the other way, Clinton would have packed on another 46 electoral votes.
Since being elected, President Trump has repeatedly denied interference by the Russians, and later on in his presidency, with mounting evidence, he still refused to 100% make the claim.
Tillerson:
"I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt, as well. The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that. We can take steps, but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very difficult to pre-empt it."
Quite a comment from a Secy of State. A statement sure to pass Trump's ever-present scrutiny and a statement which will feed Putin's ego and willingness to repeat his 2016 election acts. 
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Lucy Burns, "Night of Terror" And Your Vote




You may not know her. Her name was Lucy Burns, pictured here. Her crime? Asking for the right to vote. During what was called the "Night of Terror" in 1917, women who were picketing the White House were beaten and sent to a workhouse prison for 60 days.
This prison was known for its cruelty, where bedding was only washed once a year, prisoners had to use the same soap and drink from a pail, they were fed gruel with worms floating on top, and they were made to strip naked andmarch across an open area to the shower.
When the women began protesting with a hunger strike and with the potential of having dead prisoners on their hands, the guards dangerously force-fed the women, holding them down.
Lucy Burns was kicked, beaten, choked, and dragged by the guards. They chained her hands to the bars of her cell, with her hands were above her head, left bleeding and gasping for her breath. This abuse continued for several weeks.
The unfair and violent treatment of the women gained the attention of the media, and their voice was finally heard. The 19th amendment would be passed, and finally ratified on August 18, 1920.
If not for the courage of women like Lucy Burns and the other women who suffered through the Night of Terror and other incidents, women may not have been heard and given the right to vote.

You may not know her. Her name was Lucy Burns, pictured here. Her crime? Asking for the right to vote. During what was called the "Night of Terror" in 1917, women who were picketing the White House were beaten and sent to a workhouse prison for 60 days.

This prison was known for its cruelty, where bedding was only washed once a year, prisoners had to use the same soap and drink from a pail, they were fed gruel with worms floating on top, and they were made to strip naked and march across an open area to the shower.

When the women began protesting with a hunger strike and with the potential of having dead prisoners on their hands, the guards dangerously force-fed the women, holding them down.

Lucy Burns was kicked, beaten, choked, and dragged by the guards. They chained her hands to the bars of her cell, with her hands were above her head, left bleeding and gasping for her breath. This abuse continued for several weeks.

The unfair and violent treatment of the women gained the attention of the media, and their voice was finally heard. The 19th amendment would be passed, and finally ratified on August 18, 1920.

If not for the courage of women like Lucy Burns and the other women who suffered through the Night of Terror and other incidents, women may not have been heard and given the right to vote.
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