The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes have put under the electron microscope this photograph, a screen shot taken from NBC News.
It shows a woman engorged with the righteous indignation that Madison liberal progressive socialists have mustered through years of marching down State Street and banging drums in the Capitol whenever they are over-ruled by the democratic process. (That thing called “elections.”)
This heroine (as yet unidentified) is attending a heretofore largely ignored ritual of American democracy: the state-by-state meeting of presidential electors, as prescribed by Article II of the U.S. Constitution and amended by the Twelfth — this one in the Wisconsin State Capitol, inconveniently located in the heart of the Peoples’ Republic.
After all 10 Wisconsin electors, assembled 12-19-16, voted Donald J. Trump and for vice president, Mike Pence, the lady rushed to the front with arms raised, shouting that the electors, “don’t deserve to be in America.”
“This is my America!” she shouted. The 10 electors, from every corner of the state, “have sold us out!” she shrieked.
The woman was supported by the equivalent of a Greek chorus, who — lacking any sense of irony — chanted “shame.”
Please teach the Constitution
This particular shame appears to be that the electors followed the will of Wisconsin voters, a majority of whom voted for Trump. (Your Squire did not but he was over-ruled by the people.)
Really, it is remarkable. The leftist minority gets to determine who stays and who goes, depending on their political beliefs. They really believe this. Totalitarians never sleep!
The Constitution was written by “a small group of white men who were not enthusiastic about democracy.” — John Nichols, socialist
Meanwhile, aliens here in Madison illegally get to stay. UW-Madison and city police say they won’t cooperate with immigration authorities.
As far as we know, all 10 Wisconsin electors are citizens in good standing. I know some of them. They love small animals.
But this is not their America, sayeth the unladylike lady. It’s hers. What she lacks in the arts of persuasion she makes up in volume and bad manners. Mayhaps it is time to talk about Liberal Privilege instead of white privilege.
The really odd thing, hard to reconcile, is the “Love Trumps Hate” crowd posits that Wisconsin’s presidential electors should ignore their own voters and vote California’s.
That is the premise of a multi-state compact that has stalled out at 10 states and D.C. Adherents would vote the composite national popular vote regardless of their state’s preference. Wisconsin has not signed on. The concept is of dubious legality and even less practicality. After all, more Democrat(ic) electors bolted from Hillary than Republicans were faithless to Trump.
We understand the argument for ditching the Electoral College and the wish of our l-p-s acquaintances that California be allowed to determine the nation’s chief executive, if that means electing a Democrat. We disagree with that argument and said so in the previous blogge (a gem if ever!).
Going to a national popular vote (or direct election) would lead to a multi-candidate, multi-party system in which the president could be elected by a small percentage of voters. (Pete duPont’s argument still holds water. Not surprisingly, he’s from Delaware.)
We do agree that presidential electors should be free to vote their conscience. If it occurred that Donald Trump had driven a rented truck into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Times Square between November 8 and December 19, electors ought to be able to exercise discretion.
As for the suspected Russian hacking — a foul deed, if true — such tampering amounts to releasing information of the kind that earns news agencies the coveted Pulitzer Prize. The Russkies hacked no state’s election. Which is another argument against a national election system and in favor of our federal, 50-state process.
Besides, no Russkie told Hillary to avoid Wisconsin like a drunk uncle at the Christmas party.
Imagine if Republicans …
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• Imagine Trumpsters disrupting a constitutionally mandated meeting. Imagine the howls of dismay emanating from our unbiased news media. (Somewhere in the distance, a dog barked.)
• Imagine the NRA marching down State Street, Madison with rifles held aloft to denounce the “genocide” of young black men at the hands of other young black men. But when the Black Panthers …
• Imagine trashing the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Hamilton, and Franklin. That is what socialist provocateur John Nichols does in The Nation magazine. The Electoral College, he writes, is the product of “a small group of white men who were not enthusiastic about democracy.”
So unenthusiastic about democracy that they were willing to die for it, John.