Something to think about and what you need to know!
Since Donald Trumps resounding victory over Hillary Clinton on November 8th, 3,892,416 signatures have been gathered by Change.org on a petition to undermine the Electoral College and the 2016 election outcome! The petition is referring to “faithless electors,” an extremely rare but not wholly unprecedented phenomenon in the United States. We do live in unprecedented times and as unlikely as this may be, the progressives and uninformed are out in large numbers. It is however, theoretically possible!
Change.org is a website touted as “The Worlds Platform for Change”. The popular site has come under heavy scrutiny as of late with questions about their funding sources, motives, and legitimacy. Allegations of George Soros funding also abound.
The Electoral College
The Electoral College was devised at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The compromise was meant to strike a balance between those who wanted popular elections for president and those who wanted no public input.
At the time, the country had just 13 states, and the founders were worried about one state exercising out sized influence. Small states were worried that states with large populations would have extra sway. Southern states with slaves who couldn’t vote worried that Northern states would have a louder voice. There were concerns that people in one state wouldn’t know much about candidates from other states. The logistics of a national election were daunting. The thinking was that if candidates had to win multiple states rather than just the popular vote, they would have to attract broader support.
What this means is that the Electoral College exists primarily for two reasons: to allow for fair and equal representation of states, no matter their size or population, and to prevent a person unfit to govern from attaining office.
The catch to all of this is that electors are not absolutely required to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged by the results of their state’s vote. They nearly always do so since they are typically strong supporters of the political parties who appoint them (electors are a mix of government officials, party activists, and high-profile figures in their communities), but so-called “faithless electors” can (and occasionally do) vote for another candidate or don’t vote at all.
Twenty-one states do not have laws compelling their electors to vote for a pledged candidate, and although the rest of the states do have laws on the books penalizing faithless electors, those penalties can only be applied after the fact and DO NOT change faithless electors’ votes. Only two states (Michigan and Minnesota) currently have laws that void the votes of “faithless electors”,
There are 29 states (plus the District of Columbia) that require a small variety of rarely enforced punishments for faithless electors, including fines and misdemeanors. (Fines Hillary supporters would be happy to pay)
The Electoral College meets on December 19th 2016. The Electoral College process and key dates can be viewed here
Since the founding of the Electoral College, there have been 157 faithless electors. 71 of these votes were changed because the original candidate died before the day on which the Electoral College cast its votes. Three of the votes were not cast at all as three electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate. The other 82 electoral votes were changed on the personal initiative of the elector.
The National Popular Vote Bill
The concerted effort to undermine the Electoral College process has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 states. It has been enacted into law in 11 states possessing 165 electoral votes. It has passed at least one legislative chamber in 12 states possessing an additional 96 electoral votes. The National Popular Vote Bill will take effect when enacted into law by states possessing 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 electoral votes). Source
The Clinton Crime Foundation has clearly demonstrated that they will do whatever it takes to continue their spree. I shudder to think how far they will go!
There is an opposing petition which presently has 43 supporters.
CNN and other Mainstream Media Organizations have been reporting that Hillary Clinton was winning the popular vote. CNN recently retracted the projection, according to Townhall.com, citing a design flaw. The damage may have already been done though. Millions of millennials have embraced abolishing the Electoral College citing Hillary won the popular vote and should be President. The deliberate misrepresentation of the popular vote numbers could be construed as a covert strategy to trick the uninformed into supporting legislation like the National Popular Vote Bill.
I am under NO delusion that President Elect Donald Trump will fix the fine mess we are in. Trump may be just another pawn intent on the continuity of the current agenda. Time will tell! If he truly is a threat to the establishment then he is most certainly in for a rough ride! We must all remain Vigilant! God Bless