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[LEGAL-FACT] The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2016 by sheriffali

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[The Atlantic] “The Constitution says nothing about the people as a whole electing the president. It says in Article II that “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Those electors then vote for president and vice-president. They can be selected “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” This is to say, any way the state legislature wants. In 14 states in the early 19th century, state legislatures chose their electors directly. The people did not vote at all.  

 

Americans talk about democracy like it’s sacred. In public discourse, the more democratic American government is the better. The people are supposed to rule.

 

But that’s not the premise that underlies America’s political system. Most of the men who founded the United States feared unfettered majority rule. James Madison wrote in Federalist 10 that systems of government based upon “pure democracy … has ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” John Adams wrote in 1814 that, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”

 

The framers constructed a system that had democratic features. The people had a voice. They could, for instance, directly elect members of the House of Representatives. But the founders also self-consciously limited the people’s voice.

 

The Bill of Rights is undemocratic. It limits the federal government’s power in profound ways, ways the people often dislike. Yet the people can do almost nothing about it. The Supreme Court is undemocratic, too. Yes, the people elect the president (kind of, more on that later), who appoints justices of the Supreme Court, subject to approval by the Senate, which these days is directly elected, too. But after that, the justices wield their extraordinary power for as long as they wish without any democratic accountability. The vast majority of Americans may desperately want their government to do something. The Supreme Court can say no. The people then lose, unless they pass a constitutional amendment, which is extraordinarily difficult, or those Supreme Court justices die.

 

That’s the way the framers wanted it. And, oddly, it’s the way most contemporary Americans want it too. Americans say they revere democracy. Yet they also revere those rights—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms—that the government’s least democratic institutions protect. Americans rarely contemplate these contradictions. If they did, they might be more open to preventing Donald Trump from becoming the next president, the kind of democratic catastrophe that the Constitution and the Electoral College in particular, were in part designed to prevent.

 

 

Donald Trump was not elected on November 8. Under the Constitution, the real election will occur on December 19. That’s when the electors in each state cast their votes.”

 

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/the-electoral-college-was-meant-to-stop-men-like-trump-from-being-president/508310/

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Republican Electoral Elector – “Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump! The Electoral College Is Supposed To Determine If A Candidate Is Qualified To Be President. Trump Has Not Met Its Standards.”

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2016 by sheriffali

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Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.

 

 

DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

 

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.

 

George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

 

Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.

 

This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame Sept. 11.

 

The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence! Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

 

 

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Open NYT Link For Full Article:

 

http://nyti.ms/2h8jSOv

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What is Con Man Donald Trump Trying To Hide? Trump Suffers Two Big Defeats As His Efforts To Stop Michigan And Wisconsin Recounts Fail. Trump And Republicans Are Belligerent, Blatant White Collar Criminals!

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2016 by sheriffali

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By Jason Easley on Fri, Dec 2nd, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Donald Trump tried to get the recounts stopped in Wisconsin and Michigan, and he has failed in both states.

 

Donald Trump tried to get the recounts stopped in Wisconsin and Michigan, and he has failed in both states.

 

In Wisconsin, “U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Friday rejected their request for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the recount, saying there was no harm in allowing it to continue while the court considers their lawsuit. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Dec. 9.”

 

Earlier in Michigan, the Secretary of State announced that the State Board of Canvassers rejected Trump’s objection to the recount:

 

These are the first two rounds in what is certain to be an intense legal battle over the recounts. However getting the recounts halted looks like it will be much more difficult that Trump allies hoped.

 

In a statement, Jill Stein asked what Trump is so afraid of, “In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself, verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would address concerns around voter disenfranchisement. Trump’s desperate attempts to silence voter demands raise a simple question: why is Donald Trump afraid of these recounts?”

 

Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania has been cut nearly in half, and his margin is close to triggering an automatic recount. The odds are still long that recounts will flip the election to Hillary Clinton, but it looks like the Republicans are in for a fight that they never expected on the recounts.

 

Rounds one and two went to the American people, but more battles will need to be won if the American people are to get the recount that they deserve.

 

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Attempting Blackmail Trump Threatens To Prosecute Hillary Clinton If She Pursues An Election Recount; Hillary Clinton Stood Her Ground And Didn’t Back Down!

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2016 by sheriffali

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By Jason Easley on Sun, Nov 27th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Trump Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway delivered a threat to prosecute Hillary Clinton if she pursues the recount during an interview on CNN’s State Of The Union.

 

Full transcript via CNN’s State Of The Union:

 

“And so he said he wouldn’t rule it out. He said it’s just not his focus right now. I think he’s being quite magnanimous and at the same time he’s not undercutting at all the authority and the autonomy of the Department of Justice, of the FBI, of the House Committees, who knows where the evidence may lead if, in fact, it were — if the investigation were re-opened somewhere.

 

But this is the president-elect’s position right now and I would say he has been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when for whatever reason her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70 plus electoral votes that he beat her by. I mean this — you know, I was asked on CNN and elsewhere, goodness a thousand times, will Donald Trump accept the election results? And now you’ve got the Democrats and Jill Stein saying they do not accept the election results. She congratulated him and conceded to him on election night. I was right there. And the idea that we are going to drag this out now where the president-elect has been incredible y magnanimous to the Clintons and to the Obamas is incredible.

 

The president doesn’t make decisions on who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t. That is not how our system works. Secondly, Donald Trump isn’t the president yet, so he has no say on what happens. What comes out of Kellyanne Conway’s mouth is usually a direct message from Trump Tower.

 

Conway was issuing a not so thinly veiled threat to Hillary Clinton. If Clinton’s team continues to assist with the recount, the former Secretary of State may face prosecution. The incoming administration is expressing their willingness to punish anyone who questions or expresses dissent.

 

If Trump is so confident in the election results, why is he so rattled by this recount?

 

The overblown reaction coming from Trump and his staff towards the recount might lead one to suspect that they are not as confident in the election results as is being projected publicly. Incoming presidents do not use their staff to issue veiled threats against their political opponents on national television.

 

Trump’s reaction to the recount and threat to prosecute Hillary Clinton is not normal, and a sign that the incoming administration has an expansive and authoritarian view of executive powers that could represent a grave danger to the civil liberties and freedoms of the American people.”

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http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/27/trump-threatens-prosecute-hillary-clinton-pursues-election-recount.html

 

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts Right Wing Court Voided Section 4 Of The Voting Rights Act Disabling Section 5, Allowed Racist Republican States To Suppress Minority Votes Allowing Racist Donald Trump To Win. RACISM WON!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by sheriffali

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Hillary Clinton didn’t lose the Election, Racism defeated her with the help of the Right Wing Supreme Court and Racist Republican Governors that Runs 32 of America’s 50 States.

 

In Wisconsin that is still “uncalled,” shows Trump is ahead of Hillary by 30,000 votes, but Racist Governor Scott Walker New Voting Rules that SCOTUS gave him, Governor Walker purged in excess of 300,000 voters, “All Minority Voters.”

 

The same story exists in North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan and other States. Donald Trump was right, the system is Rigged, but it isn’t Rigged against Trump, it is Rigged for Donald Trump and “All Racists” Politicians and Voters.

 

What we can or can’t do about this, I have no answer, but seeing that Republicans will now Control The White House, Senate, House of Representatives and 32 Governorships, they would most certainly stack the Supreme Court that would have severe repercussions for Minorities, Women, Social Services, Race and everything that affects the common man/woman, for Decades To Come.

 

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