Electing the Electors: True Representation in a Republic

Electing the Electors: True Representation in a Republic

It won’t be official until January 6th, but the voting is underway by the electors. There is little doubt that the Republican electors will stand behind the voters and place their votes for Donald Trump, the president-elect, although there is a little dissension in the ranks. These are known as, “faithless Electors.” These are some of the people who are not bound by their state electoral boards to vote for the voter’s choice.  In past elections, they have sometimes gone against the grain and chosen candidates who had lost in the primaries. “Some state laws provide that so-called “faithless Electors” may be subject to fines or may be disqualified for casting an invalid vote and be replaced by a substitute elector. The Supreme Court has not specifically ruled on the question of whether pledges and penalties for failure to vote as pledged may be enforced under the Constitution. No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.” The very process of how we get to where we are in a presidential campaign is unique to our country. We are a representative nation, and the popular vote, which determines all other offices in the country, is ignored when it comes to selecting our president. Instead, we have a group of individuals which form a body called The Electoral College. They vote for our president by representing the will of the voters. But how do these electors get chosen and is it fair? “Choosing each state’s Electors is a two-part process. First, the political parties in each state choose slates of potential Electors sometime before the general election....
It’s Back-  Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa,  and Happy Chanukah-  It Really is A Miracle…A Cindy’s Corner Statement

It’s Back- Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Chanukah- It Really is A Miracle…A Cindy’s Corner Statement

What goes around comes around, and now everywhere we look, we see and hear “Merry Christmas,” following the election of our new leader, President-Elect Donald J. Trump.   For a while now, we were taught to forget about our family traditions and historic facts, so that we wouldn’t offend anyone, in order to please everyone.  In actuality, no one was happy.  What did we accomplish? Thank you, Donald Trump, particularly for focusing on Christmas this season.  By saying, “Merry Christmas,” Trump is establishing the right of people to really appreciate the separation of church and state, a concept so important to our founding fathers.   So many of us had lost the spirit of the holiday season over the past decade.  We missed sharing quality time with family and friends.  We forgot the fun of incorporating generations of stories, food, song, and pictures during the month of December. Where have all the holidays gone??? We are now consumed with sales or action movie blockbusters. Where have all the homemade gifts and cookie contests gone, or the overnight stays of extended families? When was the last time a song about the holidays made the bestseller list the way they used to or the celebrity holiday specials appeared on tv?  Our lights are shining for the hope of the future.  Think about the words that made Madonna famous in her song, “Holiday.” “Put your trouble down.  It’s time to celebrate. Let love shine, and we will find, A way to come together, And makes things better, We need a holiday...”   Madonna, your words are right, even if your support of a candidate...
This Day in History – December 19

This Day in History – December 19

December 19 1154 – Henry II is crowned King of England 1562 – The Battle of Dreux begins the French Wars of Religion between the Catholics and Huguenots 1683 – The first Bourbon King of Spain, Philip V, is born 1732 – Benjamin Franklin published Poor Richard’s Almanack for the first time and it will go on to become one of the most popular publications in colonial America 1776 Thomas Paine publishes American Crisis and General George Washington commanded it be read aloud to reinvigorate troops, which it did 1777 – The Continental Army under General George Washington enters its winter camp at Valley Forge 1783 – William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest British Prime Minister ever at the age of 24 1793 – French troops recapture Toulon from the British 1817 – Confederate General James Archer is born 1820 – A temperance worker, woman’s rights activist, lecturer, and writer, Mary Ashton Livermore is born 1848 – English novelist Emily Bronte dies 1862 – Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins destroying railroads in an effort to cause delays in the movement of Union supplies 1900 – Those involved in the Dreyfus Affair receive a break as French Parliament votes to grant amnesty 1906 – Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party and President of the Supreme Soviet from 1964 to 1982, Leonid Brezhnev is born 1907 – 239 workers are killed during a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania 1909 – American socialist women declare suffrage as a middle-class movement 1915 – French cabaret singer and actress Edith Piaf is born 1915 – Sir Douglas Haig replaces...
The Case For Enumerated Powers

The Case For Enumerated Powers

Our founding fathers were not stupid men, nor did they wake up one day and decide Great Britain was causing problems and decided to revolt.  The idea of liberty was not something that one day popped into Thomas Jefferson’s head.  No, it began when God created man. In the Garden, we were truly free.  Free from rulers and free from sin. God did not rule man-  He told man what He wanted, but He let man make his own decisions.  God’s plan from the beginning was for man to have freedom, tempered by personal responsibility, and self-restraint. Adam and Eve ruined the paradise they lived in and were kicked out, never to return, in spite of progressives’ efforts to recreate the perfect place on earth.  Remember, God did not force compliance, as do progressives. Our framers understood men, and they understood God.  For the first time in history, they devised a way for men to govern themselves, but first, they had to rid themselves of the abuse of power which they had endured for several millennia.   I have found myself in several “discussions” over the years with progressives who deny that the Declaration is tied to our Constitution. They could not be more wrong.  The Constitution is the roadmap; the Declaration is the vehicle. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to...