Americans supporting candidates other than Donald Trump had 17 months to make the case to America why he shouldn’t be the next President of the United States. Based upon the rules set forth in the Constitution and subsequent election laws passed over the last 220 years that every candidate agreed to when they initiated their campaigns, Trump won the election. This matter is settled with one viable exception.

Before we get to that exception, let’s discuss the things that are not exceptions to the rules. They are relevant because they’re currently being used by the left in an attempted to sabotage Trump’s victory. As a proud member of the new Federalist Party, it disgusts me that so many Democrats are attempting to invoke the safeguards set forth by our founders to subvert the powers of the electoral college and prevent Trump’s ascension to office.

Fear of ridicule, harassment, persecution, or physical harm are not valid exceptions for electors to change their votes. It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to point this one out, but that’s the tactic that many Democrats are using today. Attempting to bully electors isn’t just immoral. It’s against the law, but it’s worse than that. It’s an action that eats away at the foundation of this nation.

Admiration of Hollywood celebrities and their “enlightened” perspectives is not a valid exception for electors to change their votes. The ridiculous video many of them put out in a plea for electors to change their votes is allowable and almost admirable… if you forget that it’s a ridiculous video. While I’m skeptical about its actual core intention, if we take it at face value, it’s still pretty silly. Again, the attempt would be admirable in a way because it’s a protected expression of an opinion, but in this case their opinion is futile. Even if their message succeeded, it wouldn’t change the result of the election.

Lastly, mass media anti-Constitution propaganda pushed from the highest office in the land and spread through the Democrats’ mainstream media minions is not a valid exception for electors to change their votes. We are a constitutional republic with an electoral college safeguard in place to make sure the worst-case scenario doesn’t happen. Trump may be the worst-case scenario in the minds of many Democrats just as President Obama was the worst-case scenario in the minds of many Republicans, but neither represented a true existential threat to America. Obama did damage, but we can recover. Trump will do some good and some bad, but it’s unlikely that he will single-handedly propel us into the abyss.

That brings us to the viable exception. Of the pieces of the Constitution that were debated by both sides, the electoral college was the most agreeable. It was called “excellent if not perfect” for one important reason. Their fear in the 18th century is possibly a relevant fear today. They believed that the electors could have the discernment necessary to make certain the next President wasn’t planted by a foreign power.

In The Federalist #68, Alexander Hamilton wrote:

Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one querter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention. They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes; but they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment. And they have excluded from eligibility to this trust, all those who from situation might be suspected of too great devotion to the President in office. No senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States, can be of the numbers of the electors. Thus without corrupting the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election will at least enter upon the task free from any sinister bias.

In short, the founders didn’t simply want to prevent a bad choice for President. They wanted to prevent corruption in any form but specifically corruption by foreign powers. While some might make the case that Trump has too many connections to Russia, it’s hard to imagine that he’s an actual foreign conspirator planted in office to bring down the country. I could easily make a case that Hillary Clinton was even more likely to be influenced by foreign powers had she been elected, but she thankfully was not. With that said, I have called on conservative media to help sort this whole Russia business out.

If electors truly believe that Trump is a Russian plant who will intentionally bring down the nation on orders from Vladimir Putin, they should exercise their rights as electors to prevent it. If they believe the more likely scenario that he’s a patriotic American who wants to forge a good relationship with Russia, then that’s simply not viable grounds to change their vote. For the sake of as smooth of a transition of power as possible, the electors should vote for whoever their state’s voters selected as President. The final tally should be 306 to Trump, 232 to Clinton.

By John Ruberry

A couple of weeks back I completed my latest television binge-watching quest, in this case it was the neo-western Longmire.

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is the Rainier Beer-drinking, unshaved sheriff in the fictional county of Absaroka in Wyoming. He’s a widower putting his life and career back together after the recent death of his wife. It’s easy to imagine Gary Cooper paying this role. His deputies are the loyal Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), Jim “the Ferg” Ferguson (Adam Bartley), and not-so-loyal Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), who runs against Longmire for sheriff.

The series is based on the Walt Longmire mystery books by Craig Johnson.

Originally an A&E show, the network, despite high ratings for the show, cancelled it after the third season. Netflix picked it up, airing the next two editions. It has been renewed for a sixth and final season. The books are set in Buffalo, which is coincidentally in Johnson County, Wyoming. In the show Durant is the county seat of Absaroka. So assuming that Johnson is Absaroka, that would give Longmire’s county 8,500 residents. And since, especially in the first four seasons, there is a murder in almost every episode, that could give this rural county a homicide rate higher than that of Chicago, perhaps, yes, even higher than the small Maine town where the television series Murder, She Wrote, was set. Recurring Longmire character Louis Herthum, has experience with this scenario, as he played a cop in Murder She, Wrote.

Also in Absaroka is a Cheyenne Indian reservation, which isn’t in Walt’s jurisdiction. But just as Captain Kirk was never supposed to violate the Prime Directive in Star Trek, circumstances often force Longmire to pursue police work on “the rez,” which for the most part annoys Mathias (Zahn McClarnon), a Bureau of Indian Affairs police chief. His predecessor, Malachi Strand (Graham Greene), was jailed after Longmire busted him for extortion.

By the third season the murder-a-week package is less relied upon as the events surrounding the death of Longmire’s wife, the release of Strand from prison, the building of a Cheyenne casino, and development projects in Absaroka driven by Deputy Connally’s father, Barlow (Gerald McRaney), collide with Walt and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), the owner a local bar and restaurant. A Native American Longmire regularly tangles with is casino operator Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Also captured in this web is Longmire’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman), an attorney who is more like her father than either character realizes, as she also discovers that doing the right thing is often an insurmountable challenge in an flawed world.

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I thoroughly enjoy Longmire and I’m eagerly awaiting season six, as season five concluded with things in a very complicated state. As a western, the cinematography is of course superb, although the show is filmed in New Mexico, not Wyoming. Starting of course with the lead character, the acting is superb, and the story lines generally contain much depth. Although I am curious why Phillips’ Standing Bear character, like those in True Grit, particularly in the Coen Brothers remake, never uses contractions in his speech.

If you prefer westerns that aren’t “neo,” I still recommend that you give Longmire a look. Just imagine cowboy Walt riding a horse instead of driving a Ford Bronco, and replace moonshine with narcotics. And after all of these years there is still conflict between whites and Indians. And vigilantism is also a welcome plot development in any western.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Another old Lightfrog/Hiwired post with tech advice that stands up to the test of time:


Tis the season to choose wisely

An awful lot of money is going to be spent on new computers in the next 25 days or so.

My basic advice is simple:

Figure out what you want your system to do.Figure out what hardware is necessary to do it.

Splurge on the ram since it is the thing that will extend the useful life of the computer the most.

That’s basically it. For example all my next Desktop needs to be able to do is to:

Run the office suite (every one out there does)Play DVD’s (any DVD drive will do)

Play CIV IV with more than the min specs

Thats basically all I’m looking for so other than a good video card I’ll be easy to please.

If you want more detailed advice PC WORLD and CNET both have useful buying guides.

Posted by Peter at November 29, 2005 07:40 PMT

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Bit of Irony,  a new laptop is on my Christmas list and while the DVD drive is not as important (I’m thinking of using this one as a dedicated iTunes machine and importing my Big Finish Dr. Who CD’s here) however one of my requirements is a machine that can pay Civilization six beyond the min requirements.

♫ Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve got no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ♫

 

“Let it Snow” Sammy CahnJule Styne 1945

As yesterday’s big snow storm hit the eastern US I was seeing various tweets about the beauty of the snow and the winter wonderland and how lovely it will be to have a White Christmas.

Let me be a bit of a killjoy and remind you that if you are looking at a ton of snow, or even a few inches and talking about how lovely it is thank an oil man, a gas man a coal miner or an industrialist.

Because without them you would have to gather firewood to stay warm and toasty, you would need to chop that wood to make cords and cords of it and be ready to feed a stove or fireplace for basic heat.

And of course that wouldn’t heat the water for your shower, or your washing machine or your dishwasher, without the water heater built by a factory and powered by oil gas or coal you would have to heat water on that wood stove.

And not only would you have to heat it but before you bothered to do so you would need to have pumped it into your house from a well, but of course thanks to industrialization and devices that run on electricity (mostly generated by coal, oil nuclear etc) you don’t have to do this.

Did you go to the grocery store and stock up before the storm, well, you had better thank those industrialists and railroaders and trucker who got the products from all over the country to your local market or fueled the vans and planes that flew them from the Amazon pantry for home delivery.

And also of course the people who made your cars, your tires and delivered the fuel that gets your four wheel drive vehicle to the store in case you didn’t have a chance to stock up. Not to mention the plow drivers and those who made those heavy trucks and fueled them who cleared the roads so you could do it.

Otherwise you would be eating whatever you grew and could store on your own.

And we haven’t even gotten to the snowblowers, the oil & gas that runs them or even the plastic head on your snow shovel

Finally if you are reading this on the net or watching TV while stuck inside all of that is made possible by the industrial complexes that build TV’s, cable and wireless and beam it out to you.

Put simply for all the screaming of our eco friendly friends the only reason why they are able to agitate against all that oil, gas, coal and industry produce are because the conveniences brought about by these things allow them the free time to do so.

Otherwise they would be huddling in their hovels doing their best to stay warm, fed and alive.

I’ll give the last word to Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey with the addition of truck engines to his list

George Bailey: Do you know the three most exciting sounds in the world?
Uncle Billy: Sure, “Breakfast is served, “Lunch is served, “Dinner is served.”
George Bailey: No. Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

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