Dear Editor,
As time goes by, new information comes forward, that may not change the outcome of an issue, but it certainly does tell us how the issue was achieved. Since the dawn of our nation the professional political politician has been plying his tricks of this trade on all of We the people. Such was the recent election last November. We should all understand that these tricks are used regularly in all national elections and sometimes in state elections. In the recent election Donald Trump garnered 306 electrical college votes well above the 270 needed to win.
Before any of you right wingers get your temperature up to 105 degrees this article is all about both parties not just Republicans. The tricks are all the same for both parties. Most of these tricks are considered legal and some are even in our constitution.
How did Donald Trump win so easy? He targeted the swing states, but kept his eyes on several of the large states with a great number of electoral votes such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Florida to name a few. More money, more time, more people on the ground, more TV ads especially against his or her opposition party candidate. It all adds up to getting 2 or 3 of these big states in his column of electoral votes and with the traditional Republican red states count he or she is home free. That is how it is done for many years in this country. The very next day we read in the newspapers that the losing candidate has won the popular vote but lost the election. Remember Al Gore and George W. Bush? Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to a decision by the Supreme Court, which was packed by Republican Justices. What if the Democrat’s controlled the Supreme Court at that time? Gore would have become President, so you can see that our Supreme Court is a political organization and not a judicial organization. Still whatever they say becomes the law of the land, even if it’s a new law that they make.
Let’s take a look at the facts from the last election. As I said Donald Trump won with over 270 electoral votes. The very next day we are told that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote. Donald Trump our incoming President has an approval rating of 42 percent, the least popular incoming President in modern U.S. history. 53 percent of the American people cast their ballot for other candidates. Hillary Clinton’s margin in the popular vote now exceeds 2.7 million and they are still counting. The fact is: Hillary Clinton has received more votes than any other Presidential contender in our history, with the exception of former President Obama. Folks, that is the majority of the people in the USA speaking here. The vote is the only way they have for speaking out and they have done so in many elections. Changes need to be made so that the legal wrongs can be made legal rights for EVERY American. Like our pledge to the flag says, with liberty and justice for ALL. Ever since I was a young boy it has always been the majority rules or wins whichever the case. Today the person with the most popular vote of the people must succeed to the person who wins the 270 electoral votes. The college may of worked back in the days of the colonies, but it sure does not work today for each and every person.
Even the evidence is not in that, even with their minority status on Capital Hill, Democrat Senate candidates also collectively earned a million more votes than did their Republican opponents. So to put it in a simple form, the GOP cannot claim a popular mandate when the party and its leaders are so unpopular. Neither can the winner of that party declare he or she has a mandate.
Fred Bitgood