Contract With America – 2012 Style

It came upon a morning clear. I just had to put all the clues together.

First, it was Attorney General Eric Holder claiming there’s a Constitutional difference between due process and judicial process as a “legal” justification for President Obama’s authority to order the imprisonment or the assassination of anyone anywhere in the world at any time. (Mr. Holder? The ghost of Thomas Jefferson would like to have a word with you.)

Next, Obama signs H.R. 347, otherwise known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act which is makes it virtually impossible for undesirables to get close to the White House. Sprinkle in the USA PATRIOT and other assorted Acts and it becomes obvious: Obama is not trying to protect the American people from terrorist attacks. He’s trying to protect himself from going out like John F. Kennedy. Anyone anywhere who might be a potential assassin or part of a cabal is taken out first. No one with a dissenting opinion gets near the White House. To be honest, it’s perfectly understandable the President would feel this way. Obama has been the target of the worst virulent and vitriolic racial attacks and has received more death threats than any President before him, solely because there have been no black Presidents before him.

But the problem here is the Presidential paranoia showing behind that easy grin. Richard M. Nixon may have been the most paranoid President in history but he loved and respected the Constitution too much to compromise it when it came to civil rights.

One would think that Barack Obama, the Constitutional scholar, would feel the same way. But instead he’s Groucho Marx playing out the famous contract scene from the Marx Brothers “A Night At The Opera” but he’s playing it without brother Chico.

To the Obama administration, any clause in the contract (Constitution) or its amendments that guarantees American citizens certain rights while exposing Obama to potential danger, well, “she’s no good, boss.”

Obama is taking the parts of the Constitution with selected Amendments and tearing off the parts he doesn’t like until he’s left holding a narrow scrap of paper in his hands.

But we got a Constitution—no matter how small it is. But not only doesn’t it have a Sanity Clause, it barely has any amendments left.

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Abolishing The Electoral College

I want to share with you an email exchange I engaged in with one of my Republican state representatives, who I will keep anonymous. I had forwarded a petition from National Popular Vote (nationalpopularvote.com) asking for this person’s support in urging Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College. The proposed amendment would mandate that the president and vice-president by elected by direct national popular vote—the concept of one person, one vote finally realized. I’ll start off with my rep’s reply, and my response. Notice how I start off with a bit of schmoozing before going in for the kill.

Rep’s response: ” Rick..please really investigate this further, as it is far more difficult and dangerous to our republic then you would might think.”

My response:

“First, I greatly appreciate how quickly you respond to petitions and emails from your constituents.

I’m very well read on the issues, and I strongly disagree with you on this.  The Electoral College was created in a bygone era where the average voter was condescendingly looked upon with suspicion by what I think were an elitist and wealthy subgroup of the founding fathers, led by Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton, being from the mercantile set, didn’t trust country bumpkins, including landowners and farmers, to make intelligent, informed votes for president, so he championed designating representatives to cast votes to elect a president for them.  In fact, here’s a quote supporting the E.C. by Alexander Hamilton in 1788: “It was … desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the … A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.”

Thomas Jefferson didn’t agree with him back then, and I and the majority of Americans don’t agree with him now. This is an archaic system which must be abolished. Along with it would go the whole concept of “swing states” in which a small group of states is more politically powerful than others, with other states having no real political power at all.

Yes, getting rid of the E.C. will be difficult, but I don’t understand your contention that getting rid it would be “dangerous”.  Not to be offensive, but that philosophy is typically voiced by the more politically conservative who also have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Remember that a delegate to the Electoral College is not legally committed to vote for the candidate who won their state. Obama could win Pennsylvania but the electoral college delegates could still vote for Romney if they wished to, and vice versa. So why would I support a system where my vote may not count for anything and is subject to the whims of anonymous persons meeting in Washington, D.C. over a month after the presidential election has been decided? Didn’t the 2000 election demonstrate the folly of the whole electoral college system? I know you’re a Republican, but Al Gore won the popular national vote in that election–that’s fact, that’s history.  It was through the machinations of the Supreme Court and the Electoral College that Bush was appointed President. You can argue that point too, but again, that’s fact, that’s history.

As Operation Wall Street as demonstrated, the majority of Americans say that the time for ‘business as usual’ is past; most Americans also support abolishing the Electoral College.  You can oppose progress but you do so at the risk of being swept aside by it.”

The time may not have come for the end of the Electoral College, but by the responses from our elected representatives to this issue, we can see who’s time has gone and vote in the next election accordingly.