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It's been difficult for me to believe that the country I live in and cherish has elected a bigotted bully to be President of the United States.  However, as sad as I am, I believe in the rule of law.  We seniors have lived through Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy and others, and we know that this too shall pass.  Nevertheless, just as we marched for the civil rights of all people, young people today have the right and possibly even an obligation to do the same.  I hope the protests remain civil because that's the only kind of protest that gets positive results.  Violence only makes matters worse.

I am sure that the following article from the New York Post is nothing but a pipedream, however, it is an interesting scenario that some of us can dream about.

The one scenario that could still get Hillary into the White House

By Laura Italiano

For die-hard Democrats holding out hope that they won’t have to live through a Trump presidency, there is a last, incredibly long shot for them latch on to — a surprise twist in the Electoral College.

Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228.

According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19 in their respective state capitals.

However, there is technically nothing stopping any of the electors from voting their conscience and refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound, or from abstaining from voting altogether.

There’s even a name for it: becoming a “faithless elector.”

The idea of electors reversing their vote is rarely discussed — and was most recently bandied about after the incredibly close 2000 election in which George Bush narrowly beat Al Gore. And electors going “faithless” is exceedingly rare.

Well over 99 percent of electors throughout American history have voted as pledged, according to an analysis done by the New York Times.  It does happen, though.

The last faithless elector reared his roguish head back in 2004, when a lone anonymous voter in Minnesota declined to vote for Democrat John Kerry and instead voted for Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards.

The rogue’s vote was purely ceremonial, as Bush already had 286 electoral votes, more than enough to ensure his reelection.

Faithless electors are technically barred in only 29 states from ignoring the will of the voters, though the penalties are light. And a faithless elector has never swung an election.

But given the high dissatisfaction with Trump among Republicans, a few faithless GOP electors could well go rogue next month.

One Texas GOP elector, Chris Suprun of Texas, a firefighter, told Politico in August that he finds Trump so unpalatable he’d consider voting for Clinton when he gets to Georgia’s capital on Dec. 19th.

Baoky Vu, a Decatur businessman, told the Atlanta-based news site in August that he couldn’t stomach voting for Trump either, and was quietly convinced by local GOP leaders to resign as an elector.

Clinton would need more than 20 GOP electors to go rogue and vote instead for her — a mighty tall order.

Even then, the new, Republican-controlled Congress meets Jan. 6 to approve the electoral college vote, and would certainly vote to void any roguery, handing the victory firmly back to Trump.


The Founding Fathers created the electoral college because the were “afraid of direct Democracy,” according to  Alexander Hamilton thought the electors would make sure “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

It remains to be seen, given Tuesday’s surprise election result, whether Democrats — and even some Republicans — who question the “requisite qualifications” of president-elect Donald Trump will push to revisit the Electoral College system.

1 Comment

December 27, 2016 - 2:54pm

Al Cinamon

Shame on all the arrogant Democrats. They were so worried that Trump might not accept the election results. Now look at them! Trump won because America finally woke up. We refuse to become an islamist country controlled by muslims. But, alas, under the Impostor in Chief, it was already happening. Some cities in America are being governed by sharia law.. And Hillary would have continued that trend. She wanted even more illegal immigrants. And how is it that you Democrats have no problem with sanctuary cities? How about a sanctuary city for murderers and rapists? Why does only one criminal segment get protection from prosecution? The term hypocrite has become synonymous with democrat; you're against the death penalty but you have no problem killing babies in the womb. You're against voter ID but you need one to enter the Capitol or White House. We're told that asking for ID to vote is racist. Well, I must tell you, my banks are racist. They always ask me for ID when I want to pay a bill. Just keep ignoring all the corruption of Democrats (Hillary being the standard bearer) and keep deluding yourselves that the Democratic party of toady is the same Democratic party or yesterday. It is Not!

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