By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Finally, today, the Electoral College meets across the nation to name the next president. No one really expects any surprises to come of this process despite much whining and last ditch appeals from the left.
Yesterday on this blog, my colleague J. D. Rucker wrote about this process and touched on the absurd Unite for America video that began running last week in which a group of disgruntled has-been celebrities plead for the electors to “vote your conscience” and select someone other than Donald Trump for president. The first I heard of this video was last night; I was watching something on television and the ad popped up during the commercial break. I was half listening, checking my cell phone, when the gist of the video began to seep in. “What in the world?!….” I thought. Incredible.
At any rate, then I came across the plaintive plea by Michael Moore on Facebook in which he, too, pleads with electors “to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.” He goes on to insist that Trump cares nothing about being president and that he’s a danger to the country:
Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years. He doesn’t care about the law or following the rules and this will eventually trip him up. You know how dangerous it is when any politician, Democrat or Republican, who’s a super narcissist is elected to office, they start making decisions that personally benefit themselves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomorrow for someone who’s going to finish her/his term? Why risk the volatile presence of Donald Trump in the White House — and help to guarantee another generation of Dems in the Oval Office?!
Really, I’m not sure Moore is known for this ability to see into the future, but perhaps he knows something we don’t.
The electors do seem to be prepared to fulfil their obligation to vote as directed, however, and the left will have to come to grips with it, just as Republicans did eight years ago. The pendulum always swings back.
In Louisiana, as well as many other states, the process will be carried live stream.
We can expect this nonsense to continue throughout Trump’s presidency; he will be challenged at every step. Just as the right (myself included) railed against every Obama step, the left will do the same to Trump. Each side believes themselves to be justified in their indignation. It’s American politics. As citizens, we should always keep a wary eye on our political leaders; some of them are crooked and evil indeed. Some are not.
The day we let a bunch of washed up celebrities overthrow our great American political process, we are done. Their effort to stay relevant is depressing.
As Americans, the one thing we ought be able to unite behind is the sanctity of our transfer of power and the political process. There must be something that binds us.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.