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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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“Why Some Blacks Dislike”America: Bill O’Reilly

December 20, 2014

“Why Some  Blacks Dislike”America: Bill O’Reilly

Below you will find a very interesting video featuring Bill O’Reilly presenting his views on the topic of why “some black Americans dislike their country”.

In many ways, his analysis is spot on. For example, it seems true that America presents more opportunities for blacks to move-up the socioeconomic ladder than any other country in the world. Increasing numbers of blacks are in college, business, the media and all of the other professions…including law enforcement.

O’Reilly correctly implores blacks to get an education, to avoid drugs and alcohol addiction, not to become mothers out-of-wedlock, to get married and take care of their kids, to avoid gangs and crime and to get a job and stay employed . All of this, plus perseverance and honesty are likely to allow individuals to escape poverty and to pursue the American dream.

It is sensible to encourage everyone “to do the right things” to accomplish their goals…and even to have goals in the first place.

But, unfortunately, simply imploring people who are trapped in their own self-defeating behavior patterns to extricate themselves from the poverty it leads to simply does not work very well.

What O’Reilly fails to condemn, at least in this video, are the governmentally dictated and imposed positive reinforcement systems that reward careless, irresponsible, selfish, illegal and dependent behavior. The effects of America’s Welfare State, constructed through liberal, socialist-leaning politics, has devastated black families and segments of all other ethic groups who have fallen prey to it.

Please see the following data-based documentation of this assertion.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1672

What this means is that America has failed to handsomely reward appropriate self-help and pro-social behaviors within its low income population in all ethnic groups. The destructive outcomes for our own culturally destructive evolutions were perfectly predictable.

1. The now radical-liberal progressive Democratic party would gain great power by dispensing largess to indolent citizens to advance its self-stated goal of socializing (“transforming”) America.

2. The majority of  America’s poor and largely uneducated population would then become “captives” of this radical Democratic Party in order to vote themselves more money and other material advantages.

3. A great percentage of America’s poor and largely uneducated population would increasingly elect to suckle at the government’s (i.e., the mandated tax payer’s) bountiful short-term and effortless welfare system, rather than to work-hard to advance themselves toward long-range, greatly more advantageous, educational and vocational goals.

4. I will venture to predict that this self-feeding, self-destructive cultural and political design will produce exponentially increasing rates of population behavior problems until social and economic chaos forces a return to more conservative social, economic and political values and practices.

5. Unfortunately, I fear that it will be to late to do this successfully.

It is essential that we not only encourage our citizens to take advantage of the many avenues of upward mobility available to all Americans, it is essential that we stop rewarding bad behavior and much more powerfully reward personal development and productivity.

Please see O’Reilly’s video below.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3949362404001/why-some-black-americans-dislike-their-country-/?#sp=show-clips

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  12/20/14

Transgender Social Problems, Etc.: Good Luck America!!

March 22, 2012

Transgender Social Problems, Etc.: Good Luck America!

Following yesterdays blog on Gay Rights two individuals on my blog list wrote me and asked that I remove their name from my list. One called me closed-minded, intolerant and unChristian.

I guess that I just touched the “third rail” of our cultural revolution. Ninety-eight people read my blog yesterday perhaps. Perhaps more will email me and request to be removed from my blog list. I will immediately and respectfully do so .

I know it’s not easy to think aboutthis matter. But for those who support the purposeful social engineering of radically blurred traditional psychosexual roles, welcome to the social anarchy and chaos that awaits us in the 21 st. century.

There is a very big and powerful  learning mechanism studied by social psychologist called modeling and imitation. Put simply, we imitate what we see others do. Monkey see, monkey do— and we are the monkeys.

The gay and lesbian political movement trumpets that homosexual behavior is all biological. I would not be surprised if there were a genetic component in many who live an enduring homosexual life-style and there is some evidence to support that theory.

However, there is overwhelming evidence that sexual values and appetites are also conditionable and that their frequency of occurrence within a population can be learned by imitating others who prominently display their homosexual behaviors and values. All of this, of course, will be vividly amplified and made explicit through our liberally-biased media, judicial system and government.

Sociocultures are infinitely plastic. But they cannot be so, willy-nilly, and expect to survive. What the universe will reward amongst its sociocultures is clearly not infinite. Only the uneducated, the naive, or the dream-locked ideologue could believe that.

For societies to reinforce what you see in the following two videos, and all maladaptive things similar,  in the name of freedom and open-mindedness, is to increase the rate of its occurrence within their populations. Only be then will it be discovered that their society can no longer cope in a hostile and pernicious universe.

But the discovery will probably come to late.

Let us not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.

I have, at best, only another decade to observe America’s radical social experiments and their summating outcomes, which fuels our continued decline.

I continue to fear for my children and grandchildren.

Good Luck America!

See what you think in the videos below.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/transgendered-student-living-as-a-man-files-complaint-after-being-banned-from-working-in-all-male-dorm/

This next video can be viewed (amplified by the media) as funny. But lots of little boys want to grow up to be fire-fighters. Monkey see, monkey do.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/firefighters-dressed-in-drag-combat-fire-during-st-pattys-day-parade/

VTM, 3/22/12

The Destruction of America: Obama Calls It Transformation!

January 21, 2012

The Destruction of America: Obama Calls It transformation

The Democratic party, under the leadership of  President Barack Obama is dedicated to transforming America into a socialist culture. To do that will require the destruction of our capitalistic economy and our social and religious traditions. This of course is a tall order.

If Obama’s goal is transforming America into a European Socalist-like culture, it should not be surprising that the age-old tried and true strategy of setting one class, or race, of citizens against the other will be the vehicle for  the transformational process.

This planned methodology is already clear. It will become more clear as the democrats fight against conservative candidates in our Presidential Electoral process.

The following article, by Thomas Sowell, provides some historical perspective to the destructive race-baiting, class-warfare that the Obama and his minions are now in the process of intensifying.

Obama’s stated goal when taking office was to” transform America”. The great power behind cultural transformation has often been the glowing embers of class-envy, fanned into class-hatred by a messianic leader.

This should not be a surprise.

Wake-Up America!

VTM, 1/21/11

An Ignored ‘Disparity’: Part IV

Thomas Sowell    

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<span class=”mceItemHidden”>a href=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/slm.townhall/columnists;sz=225×200;pos=mag;tile=2;ord=71848883?”><<span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>img</span><span class=”mceItemHidden”> </span><span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”img “>src</span>=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/slm.townhall/columnists;sz=225×200;pos=mag;tile=2;ord=71848883?&#8221; border=0 width=225 height=200 alt=”Click Here!”</span>Different histories, geography, demography and cultures have left various groups, races, nations and civilizations with radically different abilities to create wealth.

 In centuries past, the majority population of various cities in Eastern Europe consisted of people from Western Europe — Germans, Jews and others — while the vast majority of the population in the surrounding countrysides were Slavs or other indigenous peoples of the region.

Just as Western Europe was — and is — more prosperous than Eastern Europe, so Western Europeans living in Eastern European cities in centuries past were more prosperous than the Slavs and others living in the countrysides, or even in the same cities.

One of the historic advantages of Western Europe was that it was conquered by the Romans in ancient times — a traumatic experience in itself, but one which left Western European languages with written versions, using letters created by the Romans. Eastern European languages developed written versions centuries later.

Literate people obviously have many advantages over people who are illiterate. Even after Eastern European languages became literate, it was a long time before they had such accumulations of valuable written knowledge as Western European languages had, due to Western European languages’ centuries earlier head start.

Even the educated elites of Eastern Europe were often educated in Western European languages. None of this was due to the faults of one or the merits of the other. It is just the way that history went down.

But such mundane explanations of gross disparities are seldom emotionally satisfying — least of all to those on the short end of these disparities. With the rise over time of an indigenous intelligentsia in Eastern Europe and the growing influence of mass politics, more emotionally satisfying explanations emerged, such as oppression, exploitation and the like.

Since human beings have seldom been saints, whether in Eastern Europe or elsewhere, there were no doubt many individual flaws and shortcomings among the non-indigenous elites to complain of. But those shortcomings were not the fundamental reason for the economic disparities between Eastern Europeans and Western Europeans. More important, seeing those Western European elites in Eastern Europe as the cause of the economic disparities led many Eastern Europeans into the blind alley of ethnic identity politics, including hostility to Germans, Jews and others — and a romanticizing of their own cultural patterns that were holding them back.

What happened in Eastern Europe, including many tragedies that grew out of the polarization of groups in the region, has implications that reach far beyond Europe, and in fact reach all around the world, where similar events have produced similar polarizations and similar historic tragedies.

Today, in America, many denounce the black-white gap in economic and other achievements, which they attribute to the same kinds of causes as those to which the lags of Eastern Europeans have been attributed. Moreover, the persistence of these gaps, years after the civil rights laws were expected to close them, is regarded as something strange and even sinister.

Yet the economic disparities between Eastern Europeans and Western Europeans remains to this day greater than the economic disparities between blacks and whites in America — and the gap in Europe has lasted for centuries.

Focusing attention and attacks on people who have greater wealth-generating capacity — whether races, classes or whatever — has had counterproductive consequences, including tragedies written in the blood of millions. Whole totalitarian governments have risen to dictatorial power on the wings of envy and resentment ideologies.

Intellectuals have all too often promoted these envy and resentment ideologies. There are both psychic and material rewards for the intelligentsia in doing so, even when the supposed beneficiaries of these ideologies end up worse off. When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

Both politicians and intellectuals have made their choice.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

    Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of  The Housing Boom and Bust. TOWNHALL DAILY: Sign up today and receive Thomas Sowell and Townhall.com’s daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.

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