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Politics in the U.S.

The craziness of the U.S. 2016 election season:

2016-NOV/DEC:
The Electoral College vote.
Post-election hate incidents.
Michael Moore's predictions.

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vote symbol 2016-NOV-16: David Schultz, writing for Huffington Post, supports a revolt by the Electoral College's electors:

He wrote:

"Majority rule by the people through elections is central to almost everyone’s conception of what a modern representative government is, and in democracies around the world, the people select their leaders that way. ... The Electoral College model of electing a leader is an outdated, anti-democratic institution. ..."

"The Electoral College was the product of slavery, racism, and distrust of the people to make their own choices. It is part of a Constitution silent on the right to vote, and to this day there remains no constitutional right for the people to vote for President. The Constitution ignores the popular vote, and delegates to the states the power to select the Presidential electors. It is merely by the grace of state laws that we are permitted to go to the polls to chose the electors who eventually chose the President. ..."

"The Presidential election process has fallen into a predictable pattern where only a handful of swing voters in a few swing counties in a few swing states ultimately decide the election. It happened again in 2016. This is hardly democratic, producing a system where the voices of only a few are heard and the majority are ignored or disenfranchised in many states."1

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As noted in a previous essay, the latest Gallup poll that sampled public opinion on abolishing the Electoral College was conducted in early 2013. It found that 63% of adults in the 50 states and District of Columbia favored direct election of presidents by the popular vote; 29% favored the retention of the Electoral College.

If all of the voters were aware that the original reason for the creation of the Electoral College system of indirect voting was the preservation of human slavery, then these percentages would undoubtedly be much higher.

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2016-NOV-18: Hate incidents spike just after the election:

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit devoted to monitoring hate groups in the U.S. The Center counted 867 “hate incidents” in the 10 days after election day. More than 300 of the incidents included "direct references to the president-elect or his campaign rhetoric." There were also 23 anti-Trump incidents.

Moriah Balingit, writing for the Washington Post, said:

"Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said many of those who reported being harassed or targeted said they were shocked because they had never experienced anything like it, leading him and others to conclude that the divisive campaign has emboldened harassers.

'We’re seeing something new in its intensity and ferocity,' Cohen said." 2

"... the Center and other civil rights organizations assailed Trump, accusing him of inspiring acts of violence and harassment and of being too tepid in his condemnation of those behind them. They cited what they think is a rise in acts of hate primarily targeting women, minorities and immigrants." 2

The Center issued a report on NOV-29 titled "Ten Days After." 3 The minorities specifically mentioned in the report were the usual minorities: Blacks, Muslims, the LGBT community, and Jews.

There were no hate incidents reported in Paradise -- a.k.a. the state of Hawaii -- or in Wyoming or either of the Dakotas. The ten states with largest number of incidents included California (99), Texas (57), New York (50), Washington (48), Massachusetts (42), Michigan (40), Minnesota (40), Florida (37), Pennsylvania (36), and Oregon (33). 3

On a bright note, the jobless rate in the U.S. fell to a nine-year low of 4.6% in November. 4

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2016-DEC-16: Michael Moore had predicted Trumps election and now predicts an Electoral College revolt:

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During 2016-AUG, U.S. documentary filmmaker and author, Michael Moore had predicted in a Facebook posting that Donald Trump would win the election! Most people considered that a really long shot at the time. About five weeks after the election, on the TV program Late Night with Seth Meyers, he commented:

"I've never wanted to be more wrong . . . It didn't seem possible. [Hillary Clinton] was ahead in the polls, she was winning the debates, it was a great convention, and he's crazy." 5

Referring to the origin of the Electoral College which was based on a desire at the time to preserve slavery in the Southern states, he said:

"The irony of a man who said so many things that were racist during the campaign, that he would benefit from a law from the 1700s to placate the slave states, the irony of it is just unbearable."

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. David Schultz, "It’s Not Too Late! The Electoral College Can Still Make Clinton President," Huffington Post, 2016-NOV-16, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
  2. "Civil rights group documents nearly 900 hate incidents after presidential election," Washington Post, 2016-NOV-29, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  3. "The Southern Poverty Law Center report on incidents of hate after the election," Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016-NOV-29, at: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/
  4. Ana Swanson, "Jobless rate fell to a nine-year low of 4.6 percent as the U.S. added 178,000 jobs in November" Washington Post, 2016-DEC-02, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  5. Kelsey Garcia, "Michael Moore Predicts Electoral College Will Deny Trump the Presidency, Gives Hope For Humanity," PopSugar, 2016-DEC-16, at: http://www.popsugar.com/

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-NOV-17.
Latest update : 2016-DEC-17.
Author: B.A. Robinson

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