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.

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Something to Ponder on July 4th- Again

from last year:

Something to ponder on July 4th:
-Have opinions. Be able to defend your opinions. Do not expect everyone will agree with you. Do not call people names. Engage opinions of others that you find untrue and tell them why. Persuade and be persuaded. Do not agree for the sake of agreement. Do not go with the crowd because it is the popular thing to do (unless the crowd is right). Question your presuppositions and your post-suppositions. Stand for something bigger than yourself.

In order to perpetuate freedom of thought and expression and to honor those who do not have or have not had access to it, we are obligated to have this type of discourse in society.

Great Speech by Senator

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4558256/senator-ben-sasse-maiden-senate-floor-speech

AMAZING speech that challenges the Senate and the direction of our country. This is truly reaching across the isle and I commend his courage as a freshman Senator to speak with such passion and truth. I also appreciate his ability to dig into the history of the Senate and ask “what would the founders say?” I encourage all Republicans and Democrats and those who have given up on our system to watch this and begin to believe in it again. There are men and women of integrity and true statesmen still out there.