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Jettison America’s Electoral College?

November 2, 2019

Jettison America’s Electoral College?

Someone recently sent me this article advocating the replacement of America’s Constitutional Electoral College with the popular vote. I hope you will give this article (appearing near the end of this commentary) your careful attention. Its author is a highly acclaimed Ph.D. academician who is a widely noted expert on such matters.

In sharp contrast, I am certainly no expert on this topic. However, I do have a carefully considered opinion that strongly supports the continuation of America’s Constitutional Electoral College.

My judgment is based upon the following observations and I invite you to think about this potentially existential issue.

Please consider the following:

1. Pure democracies are documented to self-destruct and be short lived.

 

Alexander Fraser Tytler

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

Of course, one might argue that America is not really a democracy. Instead, America is a Constitutional Republic, based upon democratic processes. Therefore, we may not be so affected by the ravages of human nature (the selfish quest for wealth, fame and power, etc.) as our Founding Fathers had feared. 

I am now 77yrs. old. Having read American history carefully and personally experienced stunning damaging changes in our society. tI have sadly observed Mr. Tytler’s chronology of cultural decline unfolding upon us. Our Founding Fathers did their best to protect us from ourselves. Perhaps you will agree with me that we have been failing to do our part to achieve this elusive evolutionary goal.

The following is a quote from a Wikipedia article about John Keane’s thoughts aOf course, one might argue that America is not a democracy. bout about the fragility of democracies (now perhaps Constitutional Republics, also). In 2009, Keane wrote a book entitled, The life and Death of Democracy. The following paragraph is a quote taken from a review of Keane’s warning.

‘An important mainstay of Keane’s account of the history of democracy is the need to understand the inner fragility of democracy – in fact for the author that is a precondition for the survival of democracy. Democracy is by no means indestructible. By 1941, in fact as Keane points out, there were only 11 functioning democracies left in the world. In less than 50 years the work of many dictators and demagogues in the name of ‘the people’ had almost succeeded in wiping democracy from the pages of our history books. The present time is no different, Keane warns:’ “the enemies of democracy are on the rise, and even pundits and panjandrums half sympathetic to it are openly cynical about claims that it is a desirable way of life for all the people of the planet”.[11]  

For a full reading of this article see the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_and_Death_of_Democracy

2. Our Founding Fathers were very aware of the fragility of pure democracies and therefore created America’s Constitutional Republic in order to create checks and balance’s against tyranny among the powers of its components.

Our Founding Fathers also judged that in a Representative Republic (I.e., the Electoral College) would be less prone to out-come changing voter fraud.

It should be self-evident that, though imperfect as all nations and their cultures are, America emerged as the greatest nation to ever exist on earth. The temporal span of this amazing achievement is open to debate. But, America’s stunning record-setting achievements are not. They are a matter of historical fact.

A very significant part of the balance of power designed into America’s Constitution was the creation of the Electoral College. Our Founding Fathers designed it to mitigate the growth of electoral corruption and the moral weaknesses that destroy pure democracies. One major downfall of democracies is an increasingly corrupt political class creating a growing population dependent upon government “welfare entitlements”.  These  dependent citizens then produce a growing electorate that vote themselves more and more largess on the breaking backs of working citizens. To do this, the dependent class secures more largess by voting for corrupt and pandering politicians. 

This process, as it proceeds, has been named Socialism, and its outcome is most often a catastrophic failure of the state with dictatorships, death and destruction as a consequence.

3. The following two short videos explain the advantages of the Electoral College to America and they document the genius of our Founding Fathers. These, and similar other resources, should have been taught to all of our citizens during their educational experiences.

 

Please now see this second short video on this topic.

https://www.prageru.com/video/do-you-understand-the-electoral-college/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwl8XtBRDAARIsAKfwtxDRymJWPzy7S0vN9PtEBKCKwWjvGMzYf216dxnVsijJimwMyDENiUgaAmN_EALw_wcB

Finally, carefully evaluate the following article that is critical of America’s Electoral College and supports its change to a simple popular vote; a pure democracy.

4. Finally, it is for the reasons stated or displayed in items 1 thru 3 above, and the ones that now follow, that I urge America to resist all Leftist Democrat party Anti-Electoral College and Anti-American initiatives.

  • “Although the nationwide popular vote does not directly determine the winner of a presidential election, it does strongly correlate with who is the victor. In 53 of the 58 total elections held so far (about 91 percent), the winner of the national popular vote has also carried the Electoral College vote.”   For more information see: 

          https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › United_States_presidential_election

  • Please note that the Anti-Electoral College Market Watch author provided data for only the five Presidential elections from 2000 to 2016, to try to prove his point. 
  • To overturn the Electoral College will require two-thirds of the House and the Senate and ratification from three-fourths of states (i.e., 38 states.) It could be pursued through a constitutional convention. But that would require convening two-thirds of state legislatures with a favorable vote to terminate the Electoral College from 75% of them.  By the Framer’s design, this is very hard to make happen and is not a possibility within our foreseeable future.
  • Only radical leftist democrats are calling for an end to the Electoral College. I judge that this is but one diversionary strategy they are using to keep voter focus off of their various hostile attacks upon our Constitution and obstructive legislative and Impeachment shenanigans that are focused upon President Trump, the Republicans; as well as virtually all conservative beliefs, values and practices in America.
  • The Anti-Electoral College initiative is just one of many assaults by corrupt leftist-democrat politicians to destroy America’s Founding Constitution and “transform America” to a socialist state.  
  • Finally: In his 2019 #1 Best Selling book, “Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Why the Democrats Must Not Win”, David Limbaugh quotes history professor Allen Guelzo.

‘The Electoral College was designed by the framers deliberately, like the rest of the Constitution, to counteract the worst human impulses and protect the nation from the dangers inherent in democracy. The Electoral College is neither antiquated nor toxic; it is an underappreciated institution that helps preserve our constitutional system, and it deserves a full-throated defense…..This is, after all, a constitutional republic, and even the most casual reader of the Constitution cannot fail to notice that the Electoral College is the only method specified by that document for selecting the president of the United States. For all the reverence paid to the popular vote in presidential elections, the Constitution says not a word about holding a popular vote for the presidents.’ (P. 258)

I urge you to vote all corrupt politicians of any party and Radical Leftists out of office at every opportunity.  

 Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 11/2/19

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The Left Ruins Societies and Cultures

May 7, 2019

The Left Ruins Societies and Cultures

All of Western Civilization is in ruins due to Leftist policies. 

America is a part of Western civilization and is now destroying itself by adopting Leftist social and political policies. 

Wake-Up America!

Or, die soon.

If you are an American Patriot, you will sen this five minute video and send it to everyone you know.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

https://www.prageru.com/video/the-left-ruins-everything/

U.S Immigration Issues #2

February 23, 2019

U.S. Immigration Issues #2

The following video will provide you with the kind of information you must know to make rational, wisdom-based decisions that directly impact immigration, political activism and outcomes, cultural changes, and ultimately the viability of America’s Constitutional Republic.  

It is “politically incorrect” to question the qualities statistically associated with any race, religion, or creed in Post-Modern America. 

Those who would dare to do so are in for stinging rebukes, social censure, threats, physical attacks, and even the loss of their employment or careers; no matter the quality  of their motivation or intentions. The forces of our undoing have massively diminished our Constitutional First Amendment rights to free speech. 

This has been achieved over many decades by various political action groups, radical liberals and plethora of hotly unprincipled and litigious organizations fighting for power in an increasingly uncivil and raging culture war.

A cultural war in which any genuine concerns or worries leveled against one of the combatants is labeled as “Hateful” or a “Slanderous Hate-Crime”. Those who are so accused are then attacked, their ability to make a living is often crippled, or they frequently are dragged into court where they are financially ruined and defamed by our mass news and social media. When someone is branded a slanderer, a racist, sexist, homophone,  Islamophobia, an ageist, etc., etc., and the quality of their life is often ruined.

There are very good reasons to condemn slanderous and hateful generalizations about whole classes of people, to be sure! 

But, how does one differentiate between slander or hate speech, and honest statements about very dangerous predominant truths about a class of people that are capable of destroying our way of life, that of our loved ones; and perhaps even our very lives!

What is to be done when there is statistically validated evidence that a particular immigrating class of people is far more likely than virtually all other’s to to include many individuals who are bent upon wreaking crime, death and destruction upon America. This, while others of these immigrants, perhaps better educated and funded by their own political action groups, work to infiltrate our Constitutionally open and democratic political system. What is to be done when, once in power, they are then publicly observed to work feverishly to ” transform” America to A Theocracy, totally antithetical to our historical being.

Many in America are well past the observation that our socioculture is in a frightful state of decline. Now, they more commonly ask: What can be done to reverse America’s apparent death spiral?!

If we listen, there are many suggestions. But, it is not clear that any of them will work. 

Yet, one thing should be clear. America’s voters must be helped to way-more-closely vet those who are running for political office, at all levels. It is especially important to more closely vet political candidates from Islamic nations and the various smaller enclaves that spawn radical Islamic activists and terrorists. 

The very same is true of political candidates who will fight to establish socialistic/communistic practices in America, thereby further eroding citizen’s freedoms while constructing an all-controlling leviathan federal government.

The radical forces of political correctness and intimidation that interfere with the discussion of critical and factual information about “classes of people” needed to make wise and informed voting decisions must be powerfully rejected.

In America, the uninformed voting public, or the stubbornly non-voting public, will get exactly what they deserve.

Strengthen America’s historical First Amendment Rights and support the difficult discussions that must ensue, or prepare to experience the nightmarish unraveling of the American Dream.

You must see the following video; and, yes, there is more to come on such matters.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/23/19

U.S. Immigration Issues #1

February 16, 2019

U.S. Immigration Issues #1.

The following is about a very important PragerU video about the need to redesign America’s failed immigration policies.

Redesigning this self-destructive system is essential to the survival of the long-diminishing personal freedoms that our amazing Founding Father’s bequeathed to us all. 

America’s immigration policies must be amended to strengthen our ability to survive and prosper in this increasingly dynamic and hostile Post-Modern world. 

To fail in this great challenge, will be to fail as the world’s last and greatest hope: A highly successful Constitutional Republic dedicated to the preservation of all citizen’s individual freedoms, opportunities, and equality before our laws.

Wake-Up America!

Please see this video and then vote accordingly.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/america-wants-legal-immigrants

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/16/19

Why Not Capitalism?! #1

October 25, 2018

Why Capitalism?! #1

America’s youth know little about capitalism. The same is true about many of America’s adults!

The series to follow comes to you thanks to PragerU. It is my duty and pleasure to bring you some critically important information using the educational blessings of PragerU.

The majority of our youth (51% by some estimates) believe that socialism is superior to capitalism. 

It would appear that, unless America does its homework on this issue, we and our children will be headed for very hard times in the not-to-distant future.

I hope you have seen my presentation of a series of short videos produced by PragerU. I entitled this series: Why Not Socialism?! 1-3. Please visit http://www.culturalsurvivalskills.me to see them if you have not already done so.

I also hope you will view the following short video and then send it to everyone you know.

Wake-Up America!

https://www.prageru.com/videos/if-you-hate-poverty-you-should-love-capitalism

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/25/18

America Needs Manly-Men and Fathers!

August 6, 2018

America Needs Manly-Men and Fathers!

I know. The radical liberals will accuse me, and many of other “manly-men” of being bad for society, women and children. They have labeled our interests, values, and behaviors as bestial and damaging to social and cultural needs in what they like to call a Post-Modern and Post-American Era.

As a practicing psychologist, I plainly see the folly of this radical-leftist suicidal attempt to stigmatize and eliminate the traditional role of masculinity within our male population.

I believe the obvious successes of this destructive movement is significantly a result of the decline of the traditional American Mother-Father-based family unit. Without a manly-male father it is not so easy to help many boys to become manly-males. This process is greatly aided by a loving manly-male father role model who provides his boy encouragement and praise for countless very small emotional, cognitive and behavioral advancements in a manly-male direction.

When society provides maturing boys with easy-ways-out of the traditionally increasing demands of masculine socialization , it is not surprising that many avoid these demanding rites of masculine passage (i.e., self-assertion, competition, contact sports, meeting intimidation head-on, as well as self-defense and the defense of others when threatened or attacked, etc.). 

To the extent that radical liberals (i.e., socialist/communist/progressives) are successful in eliminating many of the core characteristics of traditional male behaviors needed for a society to survive long and well, America is threatened with failure.

Masculinity is being purposefully discouraged and even punished into decreasing prevalence among males. Simultaneously, behaviors that compete with, or are incompatible with manly-maleness, are being heavily modeled by the media and imitated by our male children. Conversely, feminized behavior patterns, values and interests in boys are being deferentially rewarded by many single mothers, educators, as well as other leaders of young men.

Historically, manly-men have been described with the following positive words and characterizations:

Bold, Brave, confident, daring, firm gallant, hardy, heroic, intrepid, noble, powerful, resolute, robust self-reliant, Stout-hearted, strong, valiant, vigorous, virile, etc..

For any culture to defend itself in a world of hostile and war-like societies, men with these qualities must remain plentiful. 

Law-abiding and well-adjusted manly-men are needed as fathers within our families in order to raise the similarly law-abiding and well-adjusted children essential to propagate more such families, thereby meeting the needs of a long surviving America.

For a family to raise both well-adjusted  boys and girls, it is very important that a man with  many of the characteristics listed above be intimately involved in parenting as well as respecting, loving and partnering with the children’s mothers.

Without a good manly-male influence, girls are more likely to become sexually promiscuous, or  uncomfortable and socially unskilled in their presence. Boys are more likely to become feminized or uncontrolled and hyper-aggressive. The reader should be able to project the implications of such outcomes: You are witnessing them in America now.

The following short article is full of data-based findings that represent my own experiences as a psychotherapist with families and children, as well as my research and continuing education about these critically important matters.

Please review the following informative PragerU video on this topic.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/make-men-masculine-again

Also, don’t fail to consider this authoritative short piece on the importance of fathers in parenting.

https://www.all4kids.org/2018/06/07/a-fathers-impact-on-child-development/

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/6/18

President, Behavioral Psychological Family Services 

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend

Traditional American Values Win!

March 26, 2018

Traditional American Values Win!

Please follow Prager University: They will lead the way back to better times for all.

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VTM, 3/26/18

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