This is what I really am waiting to see because this is where it gets good. My understanding is that this has only happened once- when Kerry lost to Bush… one of Kerry’s votes went to Edwards in “protest”. I’ve seen a few things that I do find rather questionable but I don’t like going down the route of conspiracy theories.
“There is also the complicating factor of “faithless electors,” or members of the Electoral College who do not vote according to the popular vote in their states. At least six electoral voters have said they would not vote for Trump, despite the fact that he won their states.”
From a political standpoint, much like Kerry, her hands are tied. In the good faith of our election process, the loser accepts the election results, even if the popular vote says that they won. In theory, the only way, I think, this can go the other way is if she doesn’t put in the protest, a third party does it, or the electoral college suddenly just goes rogue. In none of these situations do I see this going well, even if it legally, Trump cannot be elected president. People want to hate Hillary too much, and frankly, with how the election has gone down, everyone’s hate, age old problems, and the disjointed “union” that we have here in the US, would cause a national riot and even more chaos.
One thing that I must agree with is that if it wasn’t the US and this situation were going on in another country, a “third world” country, there would be all kinds of monitoring and flagging of voting and election “irregularities”. I have often wondered, “who watches the watchers?” for a case exactly like this. The United States have been “untouchable” globally because even when we’ve been questionable, we’ve always been “the good guys”*.
I have always thought that the electoral college needs to go. I have thought that the way we currently run the country actually needs to change. Contrary to what people may think, I’m not a Democrat- I am an Independent. But much like Bernie Sanders, I’ll carpetbag a party if I need to if I feel it prevents the better of two bads. The two party system doesn’t work. We’ve evolved as a country and as a people (well, maybe not) that how we decide the laws of the land are now very much behind the reality of where we stand as Americans in 2016. Unfortunately, its in the best interest of the powers that be to keep us in this system. It keeps us dumb. It keeps us complacent, and it keeps us end-fighting. The only way to change things is from the bottom up, however, local and state elections aren’t as sexy.
And I just realized this is an old-school, Tekwh0re post. I have wondered lately if “Tekwh0re” has come back since this election. I think she may have… I’m more vocal on things than I have been in well over a decade.
*I’m not willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater quite yet. I still think there are worse countries in the world, however the current state of the nation I believe has the US teetering on a line that was once inconceivable. How this plays out over the next six months will be very telling indeed.
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