Dear Emily, Jonas, Adrianna, Preston, Lydian, Adam, Gideon, Lily, Ransom, Maggie, Parker, Gage, Tyree, Reagan, Micah, G~, Clancy, Annabelle, J~, Benny, Marshall, Rachael and Baby E~,
One week ago today we had an historic Presidential Election in this great nation, The United States of America. I will not lengthen this post by talking about the personality or platforms of the candidates, you can read all about it in various articles on the internet. Personally, I didn't care much for either one of the candidates, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but they were the chosen candidates of their political parties(along with 4 others who never stood a chance to win) who were on the ballots.
They say Mr. Trump did not win because he didn't have the majority of the popular vote, (votes by the people) Mrs. Clinton did. Well, the people do not elect the President, the States elect the President. I do not know what kind of political system we will have when or if you ever read this post, but I want you to understand that nothing was stolen, nothing in our political system was broken, that it worked exactly as the founding fathers who wrote the constitution intended. To that end, I attach an article I wrote and posted on Facebook and another article which will help you understand some of our voting history.
Know that I love you more than life itself and I hope, pray and work everyday for you to live in peace and happiness. God Bless you all. - Grandma Cindy
To my friends from other countries (and even some here in the USA) who don’t understand.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE 101
1. The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is elected by the individual states. He is not PRESIDENT OF THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. He is President of the States, therefore he represents the interests of the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
2. The USA is not a true democracy by design. The reason for this is because history teaches us that true majority rule democracies tend to implode and don’t last. (Think of it as two Wolves and a sheep all voting on what's for dinner.) It is a Republic. A Democratic Republic, not a Socialist Republic or Communist nation (as in the People’s Republic of China). WE THE PEOPLE elect, by popular vote and simple majority the people who will represent us.
3. The votes we cast in each precinct, elect by simple majority, our Local and State officials, our U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators and the “Electors”, selected by the political parties of our individual state, to represent the people of said state in the vote for President. In Idaho we have 4 Electors. In California there are 55. If we elected the President by popular vote, only 11 states would be needed to elect the President, the other 39 states wouldn’t matter. Or, only the largest cities would elect the president and the people living in rural counties would have no voice. There would be no need to come together in unity if the most populous areas knew they could basically ‘rule’ the entire nation with their votes. Would the people of NYC, Chicago or LA really care about the basic needs or desires of the farmer, factory worker, construction worker or educator in Wichita Falls, Terre Haute or Bismarck? Think about it.
4. On Tuesday November 8, 2016 This country held 51 separate elections, each state and the District of Columbia, to decide who would represent each state in the vote for president. There are 538 electors (One representing each congressional seat and senators and 3 from DC) so a majority of 51 percent, or 270 Electoral votes are needed to win. Mr. Trump received over 300 Electoral votes. He is the winner.
Before you start calling for a change to this system, think about what it would mean to the entire nation. This system works exactly how it was designed to work. For more information, Read the U.S. Constitution – Article II, Section I, Clause II.
DARRELL HUCKABY: Take a seat — history class is in session
· By Darrell Huckaby
· Nov 12, 2016
Goodness gracious sakes alive, does this country need a history lesson! Never in the past four years have I wanted so badly to have a class of people to teach. Teenagers or adults or senior citizens — it wouldn’t have mattered. I have seen so much appalling ignorance about our country, its history and its constitution that I have just wanted to grab the populace and shake them until they understood.
And now the people have spoken and the message is loud and clear, under the Constitution, that the people want this to go in a new direction. And no matter how much they hated to do so, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and President Obama did and said all the right things this week to propel us toward that smooth transition.