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Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Well thank you Barb. Your blessing was unexpected & I appreciate the kindness.

Best wishes.

December 1, 2016 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Barb I respect the law. I have & would continue to respect the results of any election.

When a candidate I support loses, I am disappointed. And work harder the next time.

I do not throw tantrums, participate in protest marches, demand recounts that have no chance of success, demand the system be changed & otherwise behave poorly.

I would say this, I did support Al Gore's request for a Florida recount. In that situation the count was very close. In the end we all had to accept the result when the SCOTUS made it's determination.

All the best Barb.

December 1, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Interesting idea Michael. Yet it does not address the basic idea the founding fathers recognized then & exists today.

The founding fathers did not like the concentration of power either in a big government nor power concentrated in a few urban areas.

As I said earlier, the Electoral College ensures everyone in the country is heard and no one state or region controls governmental power. The EC ensures the President is president of all the states.

Presidential candidates must appeal to a broad base across the country. Not just the few population centers.

I believe this whole discussion is a subset of the larger effort of the liberals & their supporters to try to delegitimize the presidency of President-Elect Trump.

Wasn't it the liberals who were chastising Trump for saying he would only accept the results of the election if he won...yes! Hillary was a heroin of the left for her saying she would unequivocally accept the election results. Yet she is supporting the recount effort.
This whole delegitimization effort is so transparent.

Again I ask would the discussion even exist if Hillary won?

November 30, 2016 at 9:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Question: Would all of you demanding a change in the way our presidents are selected be doing so if Hillary won?

Personally I doubt it.

November 30, 2016 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Nolan interesting points but in President-Elect Trump's case he didn't just campaign in swing ststes. He campaigned broadly.

If he hadn't done that how could he have broken through the Blue Wall of WI, MI & PA?

What is missed in these comments is the campaign methods used by the candidates. Trump won more minority votes than previous Republican candidates because he went into the areas where they were and laid out an agenda & asked "What do you have to lose?".

Trump campaigned broadky & people liked what he said. Hillary campaigned narrowly & she failed to sway many people outside her philosophy. So she lost.

Question:Would all of you

November 30, 2016 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Barb I am sure your argument came up in the process of developing the US Constitution. But your argument lost in 1787 when the constitution was sdopted & 1788 when the constitution was ratified by the states. Some very wise people all across this nation voted against your argument.

Your argument regarding people staying home and did not vote is their own problem. Every vote counts.

A good ecample is President-Elect Trump won is because more people believed in him, and he campaigned against some very strong headwinds.

If people don't vote then don't blame the system because your favored candidate lost.

November 30, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

One further comment. The original writer has it wrong, the founders had no problem with democracy. They did not trust a large central government and the electoral college was a way to insure that large urban areas did not control the government. At the time it was instituted we were a rural society. Maybe they predicted NY and California.

November 30, 2016 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Electoral College purpose

Our founders were brilliant people. Thru the Electoral College the founders ensured the President is the President of all the states vs, in the current case, just the President of NY & LA. A look at a map of the county by county vote and you see the Electoral College works perfectly.

That's why the Electoral college membership by state equals their congressional representation in Washington. This blunts large population centers from dictating who runs the country thus ensuring all states have an equal voice predicated on their population.

The Electoral College is another way the Founding Fathers provided a system of Checks & Balances to ensure, the Republic they established, was led by a person representative of all the states & not just a few power centers.

November 30, 2016 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach, Trump and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’

Interesting comments but forgets some history.

Slavery is common to most pre-modern societies, and the various peoples of Africa were no exception. As others have said, none of them thought of themselves as "Africans" -- each had their own kingdom or tribe that they were loyal to and the various tribes and kingdoms fought one another, as kingdoms anywhere in the world do, and took slaves from one another.

The appearance of Europeans along the west African coast late in the fifteenth century, and thus the creation of a lucrative foreign market in slaves, however, intensified African warfare and the rate of slave taking. Each African king hoped to enrich his treasury and build his own power by taking more captives from his local enemies and selling them through to the Europeans.

For those not aware of how our government works at Federal Level, is that most new hires are all contract employees thru private contractor agencies. So Trump wont do anything in that regard that Obama isn't already doing.

November 27, 2016 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach, Trump and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’

Interesting article. The main issue being contested with immigration is "illegal immigration".

November 27, 2016 at 7:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )