The Electoral college

In my last blog post, I said that the only reason Trump won was the electoral college. A candidate doesn’t have to get the most votes, only the most electors. A candidate schedules most of their campaigning and spends the most time and money in states with the most electors. Most federal elections are decided in the east well before the polls close in the west. The media tries not to indicate who won but the fact remains, winners are decided well before many have voted.

I got several comments and many made sense, but there was one that commented that then we would have New York and California electing the president.  

In the 2016 election there were 135,500,034 votes cast nationwide.

In New York there were 7,046,175 votes cast. Of those votes 4,143,874 went to Hillary, 2,640,570 went to Trump and 261,731 went to down-ballot candidates.

In California there were 11, 954,317 votes cast. Of those votes 7,362,490 went to Hillary, 3,916,209 went to trump and 675,618 went to down-ballot candidates.

The total votes cast between the two states comes to 19,676,924. Subtract that from 135,500,034 and that leaves 115,823,924 or approximately 80% of the voting is done in the other 48 states. There is no way California and New York could elect the president.

One other thing, I saw a post that declared that those who wanted to get rid of the electoral college are far left. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not far left. In fact, I am more of a centrist. I believe the country does best just a little left of center and with compromise. Republicans have taken both from us.

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What We Should do

I want to talk about the 2016 election. It angers me when I still see post blaming the Bernie Bots for spreading right wing lies or Russian collusion or Wikileaks or Jill Stein.

While I will concede that those things helped, the real reason Hillary lost was the Electoral College. You don’t have to win a majority of votes, only a majority of electors. That is why candidates campaign most heavily in states with the most electors. Quite often elections are decided in the east, well before the polls close in the west.

Think about it, Hillary won 3 million more votes than Trump, she should be president.

If not for the electoral college Trump would never have been president in spite of all the cheating. G.W. Bush would never have been president.

In order to have fair elections we have to:

1- get rid of the electoral college

2-get the money out

3-get rid of those damn machines and either go to paper                    ballots or mail-in ballots.

The system is rigged, it always has been. There are many other things we could do such as put the kibosh on gerrymandering,but what I have mentioned here would be a great start.

The American Massacre

Here is an interesting read. It lists all the known school shootings in the US from 1700 to 2010. You’ll notice that the more sophisticated the weapon and the more people that owned guns, the more people were killed. It should also be noted that Parkland was the 19th school shooting this year and there are still five days left in what is only the second month. And it’s not just school shootings that concern me. The people in Las Vegas expected to enjoy a nice evening dancing and listening to good music and 58 of them are now and 500 more injured.

We can never completely stop it but we can definitely slow it down by outlawing automatic rifles, extended clips and requiring background checks to make sure that criminals and mentally ill can’t have guns.  

To those who say, “If we outlaw them they’ll just find another way to get them,” I say let them, we’ll close that loophole too.

To those that say, “these people are criminals, if we make laws they will just violate them,” I say that’s like saying we should repeal all traffic laws because people just violate them anyway.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” One of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard. No gun can get up and just kill somebody, there always has to be “people” involvement. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase I would be a rich man today. I can’t believe so many people are dumb enough to fall for that NRA propaganda.

One of my favorites is, “The only way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” These guys have surprise on their side. I don’t know about anybody else, but I think that in Los Vegas if the shooter had looked out that window and saw a person with an AK47 or AR15, that would be the first person shot.

And finally, to those that say now is not the time to talk about it, I say–YOU ARE WRONG, IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.

The students at Parkland are fed up. They are marching and demonstrating and making their voices heard.

I hope they don’t give up. I hope they become like the hippies of the 70’s who brought about the end of the Vietnam war, or those that marched with MLK for civil rights and voting rights.

The Nurse In Utah, Blood Draws, The 4th Amendment, SCOTUS Decisions And More

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Here is a disclaimer that might be necessary because of people who want to pick at every word I write to falsely accuse me of practicing law or trying to be a lawyer.  What follows regarding the constitution and state rights are things that I learned in my senior year of high school.  My freshman year college political science class and junior college class in business law also play significant roles in what I learned and retained about courts and the law. So there!

Alex Wubbels

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Hurricane Harvey In Texas

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

“Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

via National Weather Service: We’ve never seen rain like this — WTVR.com

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Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources as authorities in and around Houston scramble to save those trapped by the high waters.

Hopes for an immediate respite from Harvey’s wrath seem unlikely as the National Weather Service calls the flooding “unprecedented” and warns things may become more dire if a record-breaking 50 inches of rain falls on parts of Texas in coming days.

The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey’s rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond.

“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before,” the weather service said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

The storm killed two people in Texas…

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Americas Shame

As an amateure blogger I sometimes find myself at a loss. You see, here’s my problem. In my writing I demand truth. I am very careful with my sources and only use ones that I believe to be truthful and accurate. I do not share or post anything just because it says what I want to hear or read.

When a meme was posted to facebook that suggested that The Homestead Act was in effect for 130 years and was for whites only I just had to research it. Many were getting mad and calling it 130 years of white privilege and other more colorful things.

The first paragraph of the Homestead Act is as follows:

“That any person who is the head of a family, or who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of the United States, or who shall have filed his declaration of intention to become such, as required by the naturalization laws of the United States, and who has never borne arms against the United States Government or given aid and comfort to its enemies, shall… be entitled to enter one quarter-section or a less quantity of unappropriated public lands.”  

When the Homestead Act went into effect in 1863 blacks were not citizens.

Black people were not allowed to become citizens until the 14th amendment was ratified in 1866.

“Although individual African Americans had moved to the west throughout the early decades of the 19th century, it was in the years following the end of the civil war and the end of Reconstruction that thousands of African Americans migrated to western regions in an attempt to move away from the socio-economic and political oppression of the south. Encouraged by the advertisement of bountiful land, African Americans migrated to Kansas and neighboring states, forming the movement known as Exodusters. They acquired land, developed homesteads, and started a number of all-black towns mainly in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. By the turn of the century, 765,000 African Americans lived in the West, focusing on building towns and agricultural colonies as collective enterprises in a project of racial uplift. Many black towns, including Nicodemus, soon began to decline as a result of dry conditions and the unpredictability of rainfall. The fate of many was sealed when the towns were bypassed by the railroad and dwellers started moving to cities.”

I am well aware of white privilege, having been a “victim” of it all my life.I have never been refused service in a restaurant because of the color of my skin or  been skipped over for  promotion because of the color of my skin or been beaten or shot by a cop at a routine traffic stop. To my shame I realize that whites have more advantage than minorities. Do I know how it feels? NO, there’s no way I could, but I understand how angry minorities must feel. This is not just my shame, this is America’s shame. A country founded on the premise that “all men are created equal” (as Abraham Lincoln once so eloquently stated) unless they are black or Mexican or Chinese or native American or Irish or women and now muslim, that is America’s shame.

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