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Friday, December 02, 2016

Electoral College dropout

Levi Guerra, who lives near Vancouver, Washington, will enter the Electoral College later this month as a Hillary Clinton scholar. Garra held a press conference to tell the world that he will not keep his words and vote for Clinton, but will instead vote for someone else in an effort to stop the inauguration of President Trump.

Does the Electoral College have a remedial math class? Because not voting for Clinton will not deduct one point from President Trump's 306 Electoral College votes he won by taking 30 states and a congressional district in Maine.

Garra told the press:
“I’m only 19 and this is my first time being involved in politics, but I hope that my willingness to put my country before my party will show that my generation cares about all Americans.” 
Wouldn't military service do more for the country?

I mean, like most people who do not live in California, I voted for President Trump over Hillary, so I should applaud Garra's move, but I do not because it makes no damned sense.

By putting logic and reason before emotion, I show that my generation worries about Garra's.

Garra is the third Washington state elector to announce an intention not to vote for Hillary. I sense that they are the Electoral College's equivalent of womyn's studies majors.

The three are part of a group of a dozen electors pledged to Hillary who plan to break ranks to join any Republican electors who want to defect to a third candidate. They call themselves Hamilton electors. Apparently they have seen the musical and believe he was a black man.

“Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, once wrote the Electoral College is necessary to ensure 'the office of the President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications',” the Olympian reported.

Well fine. Hamilton also said, "If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist."

You may wonder if any of these sudden scholars of Alexander Hamilton agree with that.

By the way, those are not just words from Hamilton. He actually did that. He took up arms to overthrow the government in defense of the rights of citizens in the American Revolution.

He was not 19.

He was 18.

At 19, Hamilton was captain of an artillery company,

Not some hipster-wannabe holding a press conference.

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27 comments:

  1. It must be nice to be 19 and 14 at the sme time.

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  2. What is this country coming to? How can we stop the downward spiral? Are patriotism, good citizenship, and common sense dying out with my generation? The only thing I can think of would be mandatory military service and citizenship classes, but that would offend our current blizzard of snowflakes. Or maybe like the movie Starship Troopers where only military service confers citizenship and the right to vote. - Elric

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    1. Never heard of that movie, but I LIKE the concept: when can we start?

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    2. Elric, it gives me pain to hear Heinlein's classic novel referred to as a movie- the director hated Heinlein, so the film isn't an honest reflection of the book. If you haven't already done so, get a copy of the book. You'll want to keep it, as it has within it much distilled wisdom; it's also much, much, much better than the film!

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    3. I have the book as well and have read it several times. As a general rule the book is always better than the ensuing movie. There are a few exceptions (Hondo by Louis Lamour was rewritten to more closely follow the movie script). That being said, there are probably more people who have seen the movie than read the book (it is a bit lengthy). That's why I referred to the movie rather than the book. - Elric

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    4. Elric, Starship Troopers is a GREAT movie. My two kids gave it a standing O as the closing credits rolled. Never happened before, never happened since. Ignore these haters...

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    5. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I hated the movie. Called it Starshit Poopers.

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    6. If you're not a fan of Dina Meyer's boobies, Doc, then you may be batting for the Yankees and not the Orioles.

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    7. I've read the book at least 3 times. I saw the movie, and kept saying to myself "this is DUMB", "this is STUPID", "this is IGNORANT". Liking Dina's boobies did not make up for the crap that was in the movie. I could give a few instances, but won't.

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  3. Virtue signaling 19 year old knows nothing about anything. I also think this Levi is a girl so the womyn's study major is especially apt. What is interesting is her absolute conviction that she is "good", Trump voters "bad, and her own moral superiority at age 19. And that anyone would care what her half-baked rationale for being a vote thief is.
    Elliott

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    1. And how does a child become an "Elector"?

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    2. And how does a child become an "Elector"?

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  4. Is it the generation? Sheesh. I was watching Survivor (CBS) Will-18 year old- and as he said, "I wanna' make a BIG MOVE...I'll show them"; sniveling, beating his chest...'I deserve the chance to be recognized' or something like that. Try as I might I could not think of a kind way to help this kid understand he's just another selfish blowhard in younger looking skin...but there is no kind way to correct this type of person.

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  5. Isn't Washington a faithless elector state?

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  6. I didn't know that someone could flunk out of the electoral college.

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  7. Question: I ask this on another blog. Trump needs a majority plus one of the Electors to be President. If the recount state(s) are not recertified then the Electors from those states are not part of the total number at the time of the vote. So Trump needs the majority plus 1 of the eligible Electors. Not necessarily 270. Comments please.

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    1. A majority of electors appointed is needed, not "a majority plus one." Think it through.

      Anyway, 270 is only required if all 538 electors are appointed. If fewer, the number needed (the majority) decreases.

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    2. No, the winner must get 270. If no candidate has amassed 270 in the electoral tabulation on 12/19, then Congress decides, and each state gets 1 vote. Since most state governments are now controlled by the GOP, Trump would win, and it wouldn't even be close.
      -Fred

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  8. Who knew Pa Kettle was still alive and in his second childhood?

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  9. Watching the Washington electors has been hilarious. Numerous "Un-faked" news organs have been breathlessly reporting that half a dozen or so electors have defected from voting for Trump when, in fact, all of the half-dozen were actually Clinton electors.

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  11. One wonders just what kind of idiot elector thinks not voting for Hillary will affect Trump negatively. I'm guessing "crazed leftist".

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    1. My guess is "elector graduated with honors from a public school."
      -Fred

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