During the 2016 presidential campaign Hillary Clinton derided Donald Trump because he wouldn’t say that he would accept the outcome of the election ahead of time. She said that such a response was a threat to democracy and her position was parroted by her party and the news media nationwide. Ever since the election, the Democratic Party and its operatives have gone out of their way to undermine the results of the election including protests, riots, misleading focus on the popular vote, and their support of Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Jill Stein got 1% of the vote and she needs a recount why? If Clinton thinks that the election was unfair then why doesn’t she call for the recount? The answer is that she knows this is nothing but political “bull” and an ongoing attempt to undermine the peaceful transition of power to a man with an agenda that they don’t want. All of that is fine and dandy in the world of dirty politics and propaganda, which I don’t support, but people are free to engage in it in our system of politics.
The one area where my tolerance ends is this effort to get Electoral College electors to change their votes. I think that is a real threat to democracy. When we vote state by state, we aren’t voting for the candidates, we are actually voting for “electors” to the Electoral College who will then cast their vote on behalf of those who elected them. It’s an indirect election process. You and I voted for John and ten others who represented Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts and when she won the popular vote in our state John was elected to the college and is now expected to cast his vote for Hillary Clinton, our choice, on December 19th along with the other 10 electors from Massachusetts. But what if he doesn’t do our will? What if he decides to betray us and vote however he feels like? At that point democracy has come to an end because our votes are being cast aside and ignored by the will of one person, the elector we chose.
The ultimate goal by those Democrats who are behind this movement is to overturn the free and fair election of Donald Trump, to get enough electors to betray the voters so that Trump won’t have the 270 votes that he needs to be inaugurated as President. In theory, if they get enough people to turn, then Hillary Clinton will become President and then what? I believe we will have the second American civil war and we should have it because democracy will have completely broken down. There are some that would say that this is precisely why the founders gave us an indirect election system, to protect us from a madman, should one ever be elected by the people. The problem is that Donald Trump is only a madman in the minds of the hysterical. I am known to be a fair and free thinking man by friends on both the left and the right and I am more than happy to certify that Trump is not a madman. Yeah, he makes me crazy with his antics and I find him seriously annoying but that doesn’t make him unfit to be President just because I don’t like him and his stupid Twitter account.
Enter Christopher Suprun, an elector from the state of Texas whose letter appears on the opinion pages of the New York Times on December 5th. Mr. Suprun states that even though the citizens of Texas have elected him and 37 others to the Electoral College for the express purpose of casting their votes for Donald Trump, he intends to betray the 4.6 million people that elected him. In his letter he details the many reasons why he can’t bring himself to cast his vote for Trump. In reading through his reasons he sounds much more like a poster child for the Democratic Party talking points than the Republican he claims that he is. Even so, he knew Trump was going to be the Republican nominee, why did he take the job as a Republican elector if he couldn’t bring himself to do the will of the people? I am absolutely sure that Benedict Arnold had his head twisted around so that his 1780 betrayal of the new American people was justified as well. Betrayal works like that. It’s a seed that grows the quickest in the fertile soil of self-justification and watered by the rains of self-righteousness.
So, who is a threat to democracy? Hillary Clinton was right, everyone who doesn’t accept the results of the free and fair election that we held on November 8th. We may not like it, but Donald J. Trump is our 45th President of these United States, such as they are, so get over it and move on.
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