Why the Electoral College Matters

I understand the hurt that pro-Hillary voters feel following their surprising loss to Trump. It was a surprise for everyone. And I still remember vividly the pain I felt after losing the last two elections to Obama. Empathy and concern for all Americans has always been a path toward healing following a divisive campaign season. For those who have not been alive long enough to witness a transfer of power, this process can be uneasy to accept. However, we need to remember two things, 1. this is the way that our government was set up to run and it has sustained peaceful transitions of power successfully thus far, and 2. Most election cycles are filled with deep divisiveness and vitriol due to a disagreeing populace.  This is not the first or last time we will have disagreement on how to govern our country. Disagreement and diversity of opinion is what makes our world (the U.S.) go around.  Majority rule is not the answer.  Trashing the Electoral College is not the answer.

Resources:

Videos: Do you understand the Electoral College? and The Popular Vote vs. the Electoral College

Articles: The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy AND Why We Use Electoral College, Not Popular Vote and The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and Why the 2016 Election Proves America Needs the Electoral College

Conservative Republicans as well as liberal Democrats all share in the responsibility to hold the President-Elect accountable at every level. The rise in popularity of Trump has been described well HERE but regardless of the reason for his ascent, it is all of our duty as “we the people” to participate in the conservation of this great Constitutional Republic.

True Class Shown by Hillary and Obama

I am pleased with the class and honor that Hillary and Obama showed following the election. They showed humility and honor to the process and principles that have maintained this country’s greatness.

See below:

HERE Obama’s remarks on peaceful and smooth transition.

HERE Clinton’s concession speech

There is a cynical part of me that wants to not trust the genuine nature certain pieces of Hillary’s speech but I must avoid that temptation.  Her and Tim Kaine both quoted from the Bible and with humility and tact she reached back to traditional American values of hard work and perseverance encouraging people to never give up on what they know is right.  She also used pro-Constitutional language when praising the First Amendment with its freedom of religion and expression.  She lauded our tradition of following the rule of law.

My cynical question is, where was all of this on the campaign trail? She did not show any preference toward the constitution or traditional pro-American values. It was all divisive pandering to the fringe left. She knows that she lost 85% of the evangelical vote to Trump. She knows that evangelicals care about the First Amendment and that the amendment has been the recipient of constant attack under Obama for the last 8 years.  I would hate to think that she somehow used this speech as the beginning of new a campaigning outreach tool  for the DNC so that they can capture more evangelicals next time.

Again, I think her humble approach and sincere demeanor in her speech is admirable.  I hope that she was sincere and I hope that people rioting in the streets in protest to the election outcomes can take her example as the right response.

 

Article:”The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys”

 

The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys

We never taught our kids any of this stuff. They just arrived at it on their own. Because—I understand that this is a radical concept—boys and girls are different….

…One of the oddities of modern life is that polite society currently insists that you are “born this way” if you are homosexual or misgendered. But when it comes to boys who like to play with swords and build fighter jets? For some reason, this is viewed as a societal construct that should be eradicated so that they’ll want to play with dolls.

As we’ve discovered at my house, this is a project that’s doomed to fail.

Advice on Voting from Alexander Hamilton

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

Context-

This is Alexander Hamilton’s (a Federalist) view on the vicious and divisive election season of 1800 to vote for who would be the 3rd president of the US. The quote implies he would rather have Jefferson (an anti-federalist) win as opposed to the enemy within his own party (John Adams).

The advice seems pertinent in our current context of the 2016 election as many true conservatives and small government libertarians see both major party candidates as an enemy.

This is not a call to actually vote for Hillary if you are a conservative but it is a call to NOT VOTE for Trump.

Satire and Sarcasm and North Carolina

Definition of Satire:

the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. (Google search “Satire”)

Definition of Sarcasm:

the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. (Google search “Sarcasm”)

*the following remark is meant to be taken sarcastically but I predict that many in North Carolina will begrudgingly align with it in coming months because of external pressures:

Wow! with all of this new pressure from so many organizations it is now obvious to me that those who disagree with the moral and sexual revolution are akin to southern racists in the Jim Crow era and should be coerced into obedience and acceptance of the new and correct views of sexuality. How could I have been so blind until now? Thanks to the help of well meaning and principled organizations, I have been convinced and can finally shake off the tired old views of past generations that have impeded social progress. Only now, after these organizations have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the economy of North Carolina (my state) do I see how foolish and ignorant I was in my views related to bathrooms. Thank you ACC, NBA, and NCAA and the hundreds of other socially relevant groups who are taking an exemplary stand for doing the right thing.

 

Thought of the Day and Unrelated Articles

Thought of the day:

Memes are good conversation starters…But NOT good arguments.

Unrelated Articles of the day:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-liberal-gets-religion-1473722200 (you do not need to subscribe to WSJ to read this, just type the title “A Liberal ‘Gets’ Religion” in Google search)

http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/09/15/briefing-09-15-16/ (podcast)

Coercion and cultural bias against conservative religious groups?

-U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report-  http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/Peaceful-Coexistence-09-07-16.PDF

-New American Bar Association Rules- http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/08/12/briefing-08-12-16/