The Color Purple

The voter not the movie

For past few elections we have had all the analyses on the voter…..we have red and blue voters and then we have, according to the pundits, purple voters….meaning that they could go either way in their voting habits….I guess we could call them the independents.

For the last couple of general elections this has been a point that the MSM likes to drive the conversation……and in most cases they have been wrong on so many levels.

This last election with the election of Trump may be crapping all over this “trend” that the media likes to drive…..

President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was among the narrowest in history, and the country is deeply split on his job performance so far. But if you feel like you hardly know anyone who disagrees with you about Trump, you’re not alone: Chances are the election was a landslide in your backyard.

More than 61 percent of voters cast ballots in counties that gave either Clinton or Trump at least 60 percent of the major-party vote last November. That’s up from 50 percent of voters who lived in such counties in 2012 and 39 percent in 1992 — an accelerating trend that confirms that America’s political fabric, geographically, is tearing apart.

Source: Purple America Has All But Disappeared | FiveThirtyEight

To me, these voters are not independent for they hug the two party system…never a thought for alternatives…..to me they are centrists….period.

Do tell….is this a new “trend” starting or is it a temporary thing that could right itself with the next election?

The Lemming Democrats

Since Hillary was handed her ass in the 2016 election the Dems have spent more time trying to analyze what happened than trying to find ways to win elections.  It is not the same thing.

Lemmings?  Yep those furry little critters that when herded toward a cliff…if one jumps off the rest will follow…perfect example of the Dems.

Why do they keep marching off the same cliff?

Again and again, Democrats expect demographics to hand them unearned election victories. Vapid centrist campaigns assume that coalitions of minorities and educated white professionals will rally around candidates just because there’s a D next to their names. Strategists target upscale suburban women—the proverbial soccer moms—as the key swing voters, and they lose elections that should have been won.

Source: The Lemming Democrats | Dissent Magazine

I wish that Dems would get over this loss…..they offered the voter a candidate that was short on policies and long on slogans…..think I am mistakened?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran TV ads that had less to do with policy than any other presidential candidate in the past four presidential races, according to a new study published on Monday by the Wesleyan Media Project.

Clinton’s team spent a whopping $1 billion on the election in all — about twice what Donald Trump’s campaign spent. Clinton spent $72 million on television ads in the final weeks alone.

But only 25 percent of advertising supporting her campaign went after Trump on policy grounds, the researchers found. By comparison, every other presidential candidate going back to at least 2000 devoted more than 40 percent of his or her advertising to policy-based attacks. None spent nearly as much time going after an opponent’s personality as Clinton’s ads did.

Source: Study: Hillary Clinton’s TV ads were almost entirely policy-free – Vox

The past election was a choice between two shitty candidates……… and the shittiest won….

Elections: This Is Plain Bullsh*t!

We talk about what is happening to our election process…..there is much that is wrong.

We also talk about out loss of privacy…well that depends on who you talk to….but there is one place that your privacy is paramount…the voting booth…

Now news has come out that this one sacred right has been pushed aside….

Officials from two more states have reported their election systems experienced unauthorized Department of Homeland Security cyberscans in the run-up to the presidential election, or in the days immediately after.

The State of Indiana’s Information Sharing and Analysis Center reported that over 10,000 individual hits on its systems originated from a handful of DHS IP addresses. According to a January IN-ISAC report provided to FCW by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office on Feb. 23, those same IP addresses were associated with a similar unauthorized scan of the State of Georgia’s election systems in the fall of 2016 and early 2017.

Source: More states say DHS scanned election systems without permission — FCW

Does anyone else see a problem with this invasion of privacy?

How long before the voter is not wanted?

I mean the American voter is not needed that is what the Electoral College is for…..to circumvent the will of the people.

How long?

2016: It Was All My Fault

As this year, 2016, comes to an end….I feel that I must do the right thing and just confess my transgression…..

I will come clean….I did not vote for Trump or Clinton…..surprised?

So the result of the election was all on my shoulders.

As usual I vote my principles and neither of these turkeys have any….principles that is…..they are nothing but the mouthpieces of the ruling elite…..

Once the bad news was given that the Dems and their terrible candidate had lost the election the liberal pundits starting blame everybody for their loss…..and I was one of those reason because I voted for Jill Stein.

After almost two months since that horrible day, in their minds, they are still pointing fingers and telling everybody that did not vote for their suck ass candidate that we are un-American for allowing Trump to win the election…

First of all….Bite Me!

Turn to any channel that you prefer and just listen to any of the so-called liberal commentators and you will hear all sorts of excuses….

These commentators have one characteristic of their Right wing opponents….they are “one trick pony”….neither know how to lose graciously instead they have to have a scapegoat….and in this case it is ME because of my voting habits.

But there is more on this subject…..

The catastrophic election results have left Democratic Party hacks lashing out at, well, pretty much everyone for failing to support their miserable candidate.

On November 8th, Americans issued a stunning rebuke to the urbanite pretensions of the liberal capitalist class by electing crazed right wing strongman Donald Trump to the presidency. In what is certainly a global catastrophe, the election defeat meant Democrats lost control over all three branches of federal government, while the Republicans continue their spree of Koch funded state legislative takeovers.

Source: Liberal commentators respond to election catastrophe by lashing out

So let them talk and bitch and whine…they sound just like their GOP counter-parts….they are excuse makers not solution finders.

One thing I will not let go of is the fact that Clinton, her minions and the DNC sabotaged a candidate that was far more likeable and electable than she was…..they can keep harping on the Russian fear mongering but none of that matters….they cannot outrun the crime they committed all to try elect a toad that was not worth the time or effort.

And in the end…I will continue to vote for the person that I feel will do the best for the American people….and until we find that magic person I will continue to be at fault.

Voting Against One’s Own Best Interests

There has been a disturbing trend in America….that is voters actually voting against themselves….how very American of them.

Take my state…in 2010 we had a Dem rep in DC…he was pro-life, pro-gun, pro-military, pro seniors…..he voted the way that the conservative majority in my area wanted him to vote…but for all his good deeds for the people of Mississippi he was voted out in favor of a Tea Party douche, Palazzo…..Taylor’s only crime was he was a Dem, a Blue Dog Dem…..in essence the people voted against their own best interests because of rhetoric….the perfect example of what our politics has become….petty and pathetic.

After Taylor’s loss I tried to interview locals to see why he would lose the election to a no nothing loser…..there were lots of reason but most of them made little sense but the one thing that most agreed on was the GOP tied him to Pelosi…..the man was more conservative than some Repubs…so their reasons made little sense to me….

I have tried to understand how people could do this sort of thing to themselves and a good reason escapes me at every turn.

But now the Atlantic has published an attempt to explain the phenom…..

Governing is often a cause-and-effect business. Give workers a tax break on retirement accounts? More people save for life after the working world. Offer a rebate for old cars? Drivers scrap their gas-guzzling Explorers in favor of sensible Corollas, and average fuel efficiency goes up.

It’s easy to sell something to voters when the costs and benefits are immediately obvious. But that’s not how most policies work. Many look downright terrible in the beginning—what, pay more taxes?—and deliver a payout only if people collectively change their future behavior. Take a carbon tax: Industry would pay more to produce energy, making stuff more expensive, but the price pressure might prompt an eventual shift to alternative fuels, which could deliver an overall benefit to society.

Source: Why People Enthusiastically Vote for Counterproductive Policies – The Atlantic

This phenom does not appear to be going anywhere….the American people will continue to vote against their own best interests….

It’s Time to End the Electoral College

NOTE:  Please forgive today’s posts…they may be few and short….for today is my day to be poked, probed, goosed et al by my doctors and you would think with all that abuse at least I could get a kiss….but NO!…..just a bill.

I intended to post this before the election but decided that if the conversation is going to move forward it will be after this election…but I am NOT optimistic….plus this is my final post on the subject of the EC.(and the peasants dance)

Without the electoral college then we might have a Pres. Clinton….for as of this writing appears to have won the popular vote….the very thought sends a chill up my spine…..

There is loads of rhetoric this election as it has been in ones before of a rigged system…..I will agree that the system is rigged but I see as the electoral college as the problem not some bullshit about voter fraud…..

Before I go any further let me help the reader understand how the Electoral College works…..before you can hate something it would be a good idea to know what it actually is…..

Source: The Economist explains: How does America’s electoral college work? | The Economist

I recently was contacted by a group that wanted me to write a short piece about the possibility of eliminating the electoral college which got me to thinking about something that I had not considered in a couple of years…..

Source: Can The Electoral College Be Killed? – In Saner Thought

I have been calling for the destruction of the electoral college for 40 years….maybe this election will make my voice amplify……

Gallup has asked the question since 1944, and a majority has always supported an end to the Electoral College, ranging from 80 percent in 1968 to 63 percent in 2013.

Raise your hand if you think that the president of the United States should be elected by the popular vote. Ah, it looks like most of you do. Hands down and know that you’re not alone.

In fact, poll after poll, for quite some time, has shown that most Americans would like to replace the Electoral College delegate system with the popular vote – one person, one vote and the candidate with the most votes wins. Gallup has asked the question since 1944, and a majority has always supported an end to the Electoral College, ranging from 80 percent in 1968 to 63 percent in 2013. And not surprisingly, 70 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds are anxious to end the undemocratic practice of voting for electors who, in turn, vote for the president.

Source: It’s Time to End the Electoral College – LA Progressive

Maybe after the disaster that is the 2016 election is over the American people will see the need to the elimination of the rigged electoral college….

Time for the voter to be put in charge of the circus we call elections.

But sadly the media and the 2 parties are in control…they will not allow the electoral college go away……the media needs it to drive the agenda of swing states that drives the media coverage and the parties will not allow it because they would lose control of the system and the people would once again be in charge….all of this does not bode well for the disappearance of the electoral college……

After this election, 2016, the conversation will once again arise about the electoral college…..a conversation we need but like most other conversations it will be mostly talk with little action.

Source: The Electoral College Is Hated by Many. So Why Does It Endure? – The New York Times

We can piss and moan forever about this……until the American people realize just how screwed they are it will continue to distort American democracy…….

The election commentary now filling the Internet seems distinctly out of touch. Many analysts are castigating Hillary Clinton for all the things she did wrong, her failure to connect with white workers in the Rust Belt, her inability to sufficiently rally blacks, and so on. Or they’re criticizing the American people for falling for a racist, sexist know-nothing like Donald Trump.

But these critics are ignoring the elephant in the parlor. The simple fact is that Americans didn’t elect Trump. An ancient relic known as the Electoral College did. For better or worse, a plurality of the people voted for Hillary Clinton.

Source: How Electoral College Cheats Democracy – Consortiumnews

Thoughts?

Should We Rid Our Society Of The Electoral College?

The short answer for me is…..YES!

I was recently contacted about writing some articles about the electoral college…I originally declined since I am not an expert on the subject….but the more I thought about it I decided that something needs to be done…..

Apparently Trump won the electoral college and Clinton won the popular vote by some 1+ million votes…..with that has come the call for the elimination of the electoral college…..

Every four years, the Electoral College creeps back into the lives of American voters. In some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next U.S. president can feel like a formality that doesn’t seem to matter much.

In other elections, it matters very much indeed. This is one of those years.

On Nov. 8, Donald Trump surpassed the necessary electoral votes to become the nation’s president-elect. But if you look at the popular vote, which is the direct number of votes cast, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by about 1 million votes.

Source: Critics Work To Get Rid Of The Electoral College : NPR

I am sure that the Trump supporters will be fine with the results…but would they if the shoe was on the other foot…..more stuff about a “rigged election” would be flying all over the internet, especially those blogs.

Personally, I have written several times during several elections that the college needs to go away and that the popular vote should be the only decider of an election…..

I have a couple of reasons….why I do not like the electoral college…..

1. The person a majority of Americans favor may not win.
Certain smaller states have a larger percentage of Electoral College votes than their percentage of population of the United States. This is because the minimum number of Electoral College votes for a state is three. Some consider this to not be democratic.

2. It’s complicated and dissuades people from voting.
A popular vote is a simple majority, but the Electoral College consists of redistributing votes every 10 years because of population changes and electing delegates. There are many more steps involved, which may give citizens the feeling that their vote does not matter, encouraging them to stay home instead of visiting the ballot box on election days, according to the U.S. Election Atlas.

3. Small states and swing states get more power.
One man does not equal one vote. California’s 55 Electoral College votes mean there are 705,454 people per vote while there are only 194,717 people for each of Wyoming’s three electoral votes.

I believe that the electoral college cheats democracy completely……

The election commentary now filling the Internet seems distinctly out of touch. Many analysts are castigating Hillary Clinton for all the things she did wrong, her failure to connect with white workers in the Rust Belt, her inability to sufficiently rally blacks, and so on. Or they’re criticizing the American people for falling for a racist, sexist know-nothing like Donald Trump.

But these critics are ignoring the elephant in the parlor. The simple fact is that Americans didn’t elect Trump. An ancient relic known as the Electoral College did. For better or worse, a plurality of the people voted for Hillary Clinton.

Source: How Electoral College Cheats Democracy – Consortiumnews

My dislike has nothing to do with this election…..(contrary to popular belief….I did not care who won the damn thing….NOTHING was gonna change) I have been a verbal critic for decades….only difference now is that people are starting to see what I have been preaching about and have seen the need to eliminate this dinosaur from the 18th century.

Please bear with me….there is one more piece I need to write in this mini-series and it will be done and you can think about who is going to win “Dancing With The Stars”…..