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Electoral College and third-party presidential candidates. Dateline 1912. Candidates for president. Democrat Woodrow Wilson, a native southerner living in New Jersey; employed at Princeton U. . Howard Taft, Republican from Ohio. Teddy Roosevelt of New York, running as a third-party candidate on the Progressive Bull Moose Party.
Teddy Roosevelt had split the Republican Party in half and walked out and formed the Progressive Bull Moose Party. He had been president a few years earlier, but had declined to run again. He was unhappy with the way Taft was as president and unhappy with the Republican Party leadership of Taft.
Two things which held back Roosevelt and his third-party effort to win. (1) An attempt on TR’s life by an anarchist which today is nothing but a libertarian. In other words, libertarian / anarchists only believe in individual rights and don’t care about the lives of others. (2) The Electoral College.
TR was giving a speech when someone tried to gun him down. He felt it but continue his speech. He was a tough guy. They took him off to tend to his injury only to find he had an eye lens case in his chest pocket and it helped block the bullet. He was hospitalized for some time, but his hospitalization caused him to stop his whistle-stop train campaigning across the nation. This was problem for him as he attempted to win the election.
The second thing which stopped TR’s campaign to win the presidency was the existence of the Electoral College. For had there been no Electoral College and there had been, on the day the Electoral College would have met, a runoff election between the top two winners, Wilson and Roosevelt, would have happened instead. There are historical analysts who believe, had this happened, Roosevelt, the third-party candidate would have won in 1912. Mere speculation, but very possible it could have happened.
Susan Collins is a Republican more like TR than Howard Taft. Yet, all she want to do is not think about this situation and merely put a Band-Aid on a wound which is caused by the Electoral College and hope that it will solve the problem Reform, in the eyes of Susan Collins. It won’t solve the problem because it IS the problem and needs to be abolished.
I can say something like calling this woman a bitch. Or I can use the comedic words of Dan Akroyd of SNL when he would often be doing the “news” on SNL and turn to Jane Curtin and say, “Jane, you ignorant slut.” Perhaps these words would be more appropriate for this particular situation?
Susan Collins wants to reform the Electoral College? Why? Is she afraid if she runs for the presidency, only a popular vote being in place will means she would lose? Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election with the popular vote, but Republican Trump won the Electoral College vote. Susan Collins lives in fear that she would lose due to the demise and destruction of the Electoral College? And in her “bipartisan way” she is going to convince Democrats who have no confidence in themselves that they might live in fear at the loss of the Electoral College? it is like putting a Band-Aid on a deep wound which might need to be stitched back together and expecting the wound to heal, as the person with the wound bleeds to death.
Another reader in the newspaper, when reacting to David Brooks and his lainbrained ideas that we should have hope that evangelicals would come to their senses, said, Brooks is simply putting wallpaper over a problem. Having hung wallpaper myself, I found that if there was a lump of wallpaper paste, it simply got covered over, but it still existed. Just as with a wound which needs something more than a Band-Aid.
Americans are poor at remembering history in order to learn and move forward. There is no sense for what the Danish Kierkegaard said:
In the 1850s, when the Republican Party was formed, we can learn from history regarding the Republicans, civil war, and the Dred Scott Decision. The Republican Party was formed from members of the Whig Party which was dying at that time. Many Whigs became disgusted with the work by George W. Bush’s maternal line ancestor who was president at the time, a Democrat, who nixed the compromise arranged regarding slavery. The bleeding heart Yankee liberals in the Supreme Court felt they needed to appease the South (i.e., Dixie white supremacists and forerunners to the KKK and Jim Crow ideas) by issuing a scathing attack of a black man in that SCOTUS decision. Politics and appeasing white people prevailed, not justice for human beings, as the SCOTUS is SUPPOSED to do.
Being in these situations today and considering Republican Senator Susan Collins with SCOTUS today, there is too much being done to “appease” the other side. That would include the words of David Brooks, too. Appeasing the South did not nothing to divert a civil war after Abraham Lincoln was elected. When will America learn before it implodes from within? After all, we want to feel better about “turning the other cheek” to those who are lousy ones and insist on their dictatorial anti-human race ways. Considering friends like that who want to destroy democracy in America, who needs enemies?
With friends who are being “overly nice” to the other side so as to show empathy to hateful bigoted people, it is as if hatred and bigotry need to be recognized as protected by a U.S. Constitution. Such hateful people and bigots are confusing the population with ideas which have survived from Reagan, a hateful Democrat turned Republican, that “government is the problem.” Translated. To the hateful and bigoted ones, government is only a problem when it regulates how Americans should treat one another and not have hatred and bigotry. Reaganomics with deregulation actually got extended to the notions of hatred and bigotry. How do I know? I was a member of the Republican Party at the time. I feel just like the former Whig Party members who decimated the party and began a new one. David Brooks, too, has no brains and knowledge of history on this one.
But Senator Collins? Reform the Electoral College? Senator Elizabeth Warren says (in my words), DESTROY the Electoral College. It has outlived its purposes when it was created during the time of only 13 colonies and it took quite some time to get the election results from New England to Georgia. It is no longer needed and could be replaced by a hybrid system based on the parliamentary system in Britain (and Canada and other nations in the British Commonwealth which has a very brilliant constitutional monarchy with the royal family doing the ceremonial stuff that our president does with all the other duties of the president). Get rid of the Electoral College, specify that, should no candidate win more than 50% of the popular vote, then the top two winners do a runoff election on the day when the Electoral College would normally meet.
Democracy takes participation and time, so I don’t accept the crap about trying to get voters registered and to get them out to vote. Don’t give me bullshit about the complexity of the situation, but solve the problem.
Let me just say that we can make excuses and any excuse will do. Getting people involved in the democracy by voting and also working for issues and ideas for solutions is what takes to run a democracy. It takes a strong Middle Class, destroyed by big fat pigs who have seen an increase in salaries, since Reagan, of over 1000% while workers have seen a rather flattened increase over the same period and work too hard to have time for voting and elections. The Middle Class has been destroyed in this period of time, along with unions and worker rights.
Suggestion. Abolish the Electoral College. On presidential election days, close all bars and grills and make those a holiday. Consider that anyone objecting to this due to their false ideas that their “individual rights” have been violated are nothing but traitors to this nation. Sorry to be so tough and play so much hardball with this question. But it is true.
Why do I suggest the above solution? Because in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, it just happens to mention “WE THE PEOPLE.” It does not say, “Me, myself, and I, dictator Trump or DeSantis or Scott…” It does not specify any other INDIVIDUAL only. It does not identify a god (demagogue) with divine rights which is made in the image of hateful and bigoted men and women (like David Brooks with his heart out to evangelicals).
When will people like Brooks and Collins wake up and learn from history, before it is too late? When will bleeding heart Democrats learn from history?
Sometimes a Band-Aid is necessary for a wound. But the question about the Electoral College is a deep wound causing too much divisive rigor in this nation. It is so deep that we really need to work to eliminate it and not expect perfection with a blind eye towards hate and bigotry with no chance of SCOTUS justice being accomplished so as to maintain the balance with scales of justice. In this case, the scales of justice need to be heavily weighted on the side of humanitarian ideas of coexistence and not political ideology or preference of political party. In the 1850s, a political party was destroyed and it was not the Democrats which have evolved, over time, into a more humanitarian party. I saw many such white racist bigots in Dixie leave and join the Republicans, of which I was a member. I found them to be disgusting people who tried (and are still working hard at trying to balance to their dictatorial hateful side) to balance the scales of justice towards their side of hatred.
Is my writing too long? Too bad. It is important to say what needs to be said here and do so in detail. I apologize for the detail because I might just detain those who are two thumbs just reading fake news on mobile phones or the fake news on Fox / Fake News. Is there a vulgar word in the text, without a “bleep” to cover it over? Really? I am surprised. Well. At least it was not the “f” word.