Why The US Is NOT a representative democracy

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Why The US Is  NOT a representative democracy
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Elections Rigged?

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The series of debates in the contest to see who will become Captain of the Titanic is finally over.

And as the smoke clears from the evening’s entertainment, the main headlines are focusing on just one thing: Donald Trump’s pledged refusal to say he will accept the election results.

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Elections Rigged?

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The media is spinning itself into an absolute frenzy over this, perhaps even worse than the Pu$$ygate tape.

It started even before the debate, with yesterday’s headline in the Washington Post read, “Trump’s election-rigging allegations are affecting people’s faith in democracy

The media is all collectively vomiting in disgust: how dare anyone question the sanctity and purity of American democracy?

I find this to be such a farce. The election itself is a complete farce.

Citizens aren’t even voting for President. The United States is still tethered to the corpse of an electoral college system that has its roots in the late 1700s, before the Constitution was even ratified.

The reality is that the President is chosen by 538 “electors,” who, in most cases, are not even legally bound to vote for the candidate to which he or she has pledged.

More than half of the states in the US have no laws to punish “faithless electors” who either abstain or vote for a different candidate, and most states have no procedure to void a faithless elector’s vote.

Admittedly, this electoral college system probably made sense… in 1789.

Back then it was too difficult and logistically challenging to have a nationwide election since transportation was so slow and dangerous.

So I can understand why the Founding Fathers established this system in the early days of the nation.

But the fact that this system is still used in 2016 is a complete joke.

They pretend that America’s representative democracy is the most advanced and pristine in the world, and yet it’s still based on a system in which the people aren’t even voting for President.

By definition this is NOT representative democracy.

As for the allegations of rigging, this is one of the things that drives me crazy about the election.

I’m not “for” any candidate. But I’m completely revolted at the blatant anti-Trump media bias.

The Huffington Post, for example, cannot even mention Donald Trump without adding an editor’s note at the end of the article saying

“Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”

Great. We all understand that you think he’s a bad guy.

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Elections Rigged?

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But what’s sorely lacking is the anti-Hillary editor’s note, something that would read:

“Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar and sociopath who has spent decades engaging in criminal misconduct and abusing her power to enrich herself and her supporters.”

Of course, you’ll never see that. The media still get starry-eyed whenever candidate Clinton walks into the room. It’s revolting.

The one that I find most disturbing is the story that Hillary made up about landing in Bosnia in March 1996.

She claimed that she landed “under sniper fire,” and that they all “just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

Then a video surfaced showing what really happened when she and her daughter landed in Bosnia– it was all hugs and kisses and photo ops. No sniper fire. No running to the vehicles.

Hillary claims to have “mis-remembered”.

Funny thing, when former NBC News anchor Brian Williams “misremembered” being in danger during a ride in a marine helicopter, the guy was crucified and lost his job.

In fact, the people who had the biggest conniption fit over Williams’ misremembering was the media itself. His colleagues turned on him in a nanosecond.

Yet when Hillary misremembers the media gives her a pass.

My dictionary describes the word “RIGGED” as when there’s deliberate activity to produce a result that is advantageous to a certain person.

Well, when the media bias is so brazen, overwhelming and one-sided… RIGGED is absolutely an appropriate word to use.

It’s not sad or disgusting that Trump is questioning the purity of the process or alleging that the election is rigged against him.

It’s sad that it’s actually happening… and that the establishment which is actually doing the rigging refuses to even entertain the possibility that it’s true.

This is banana republic stuff, plain and simple.

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  1. By 2020, the National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
    No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes.
    No more handful of ‘battleground’ states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support among voters) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states that have just been ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    The bill was approved this year by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes.
    The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

    NationalPopularVote

  2. The presidential election system, using the 48 state winner-take-all method or district winner method of awarding electoral votes used by 2 states, that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers. It is the product of decades of change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by states of winner-take-all or district winner laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

    In 1789, in the nation’s first election, a majority of the states appointed their presidential electors by appointment by the legislature or by the governor and his cabinet, the people had no vote for President in most states, and in them, only men who owned a substantial amount of property could vote, and only three states used the state-by-state winner-take-all method to award electoral votes.

    The constitutional wording does not encourage, discourage, require, or prohibit the use of any particular method for awarding a state’s electoral votes.

    As a result of changes in state laws enacted since 1789, the people have the right to vote for presidential electors in 100% of the states, there are no property requirements for voting in any state, and the state-by-state winner-take-all method is used by 48 of the 50 states. States can, and have, changed their method of awarding electoral votes over the years.

  3. Now 48 states have winner-take-all state laws for awarding electoral votes.
    2 award one electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district, and two electoral votes statewide.
    Neither method is mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

    The electors are and will be dedicated party activist supporters of the winning party’s candidate who meet briefly in mid-December to cast their totally predictable rubberstamped votes in accordance with their pre-announced pledges.

    There have been 22,991 electoral votes cast since presidential elections became competitive (in 1796), and only 17 have been cast in a deviant way, for someone other than the candidate nominated by the elector’s own political party (one clear faithless elector, 15 grand-standing votes, and one accidental vote). 1796 remains the only instance when the elector might have thought, at the time he voted, that his vote might affect the national outcome.

    States have enacted and can enact laws that guarantee the votes of their presidential electors

    The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld state laws guaranteeing faithful voting by presidential electors (because the states have plenary power over presidential electors).

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