Why Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mormons, Landlords, People who Wear Glasses, Gun Owners and Everyone Else Should Support the Electoral College

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“In a democracy, two wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for supper. In a constitutional republic, the wolves are forbidden from voting on what’s for supper, and the sheep are well-armed.” – First part attributed to Ben Franklin

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has prompted a new round of calls to eliminate the Electoral College. Why should someone who lost the popular vote be able to appoint judges?

belushi electoral collegeAnd it is not just the Left that wants to end the Electoral College. The Orange Orangutan, i.e. Trump, has suggested that we should do just this. Don’t just read the article, take a minute or two and watch the video. Never mind the fact that, if it weren’t for the Electoral College, Polly Pot, i.e. Hillary, would currently be president.

The Electoral College is not simply some stupid, old, outmoded, eighteenth century, white, male, Christian, gun-toting, hetero, well, you know, thing. It is a major firewall preventing America from turning from a constitutional republic into a democracy. This is not just a distinction for philosophy professors. The implications are profoundly practical.

Democracy means majority rule. What the majority wants goes, regardless of individual rights. If the white majority votes that the black minority be forced into slavery, oh well: this is a democracy. In a democracy, the black majority in, say, Detroit or New Orleans, could vote that the city’s white population be forced into slavery and the white people would have no recourse.

Likewise, majorities in places like Berkeley and Boulder could vote to confiscate guns. And a majority in a small town in southern Utah could vote to expel all non-Mormons. And there would be nothing the losers could do.

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No she didn’t actually say this. However, this meme was just too funny.

If the majority in a democracy votes that every woman with the last name of Ocasio-Cortez must wear a burqa, then every woman with the last name of Ocasio-Cortez must wear a burqa. Too bad, so sad.

It has been said that democracies are like gang rapes, lynch mobs and “give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40) Jesus was sent to the cross because Pilate caved to the demands of an angry mob.

While we are talking about the Bible, I Samuel 8:4-20 tells how the children of Israel clamored for a king. God said, in essence, I’ll give you the kind you say you want, but you will be sorry you ever asked.

SOOO, do you still support democracy?

Contrast this with a constitutional republic such as that established by America’s Founders. The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution. To be sure, officeholders at various levels are voted upon. However, there are numerous protections against majority rule.

  • The powers delegated to the federal government are spelled out in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and limited by the Tenth Amendment.
  • A system of checks and balances prevents any of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful.
  • The protections of the Bill of Rights cannot be voted away by majorities.
  • Each state has two senators. California, with 33 million people, has 2 senators, just like Wyoming, which has a lower population than the city of Denver. And until the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, senators were elected by state legislatures.
  • The president is elected not by the popular majority, but by an electoral college. The several states choose electors who elect the president. This process gives greater weight to smaller states less importance to larger states. As the fourth column from the right on this chart shows, votes from smaller states carry more weight than votes from bigger states. Votes in Wyoming carry much more weight than those in California. And votes in liberal places like Vermont and Rhode Island carry more weight than those in conservative places like Texas and Florida.

America has over 3100 counties. Half of America’s population lives in just 146 of these counties. In the one election in which all voters can participate, is it right that the values and priorities of 4.7 percent of America’s counties should overrule those of the other 95.3 percent?

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Tyranny is tyranny. And tyranny of the majority is just as much to be feared as tyranny by one individual. And just about everybody can claim to be either a minority now or a minority at some point in the past.

Jews, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, Chinese, Japanese, American Indians, white people, black people, Germans, Italians, Tutsis, Bosnians, Armenians, kulaks, landlords, people who wear glasses, gun owners, druggies, homosexuals, “the rich”, illegals, “useless eaters”, gypsies and numerous other demographics have, at various points in history been on the wrong side of those in power. And if their liberties and lives are trampled on, it matters not if it is an individual or a majority that is doing the trampling.

I am a quarter Jewish, so Hitler would have come after me. I wear eyeglasses, so Pol Pot would have come after me. And I am a Christian, so I would be a target for persecution in dozens of countries around the world. Whenever anyone suggests that the government “go after” a certain segment of the population, I start to squirm.

Liberals are always talking about compassion for the underprivileged, downtrodden and marginalized. As a firewall against democracy, the Electoral College really ought to appeal to them.

And, besides, they should see the big picture and imagine an America without an electoral college. What if some future Democrat candidate gets 49 percent of the popular vote but would have won 277 electoral votes? With the Electoral College, their candidate would be headed to the Oval Office. But they clamored to get rid of the Electoral College and had their way.

As the old saying goes, be careful what you ask for as you just might get it.

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The Constitutional Reasons to Oppose Kavanaugh

There are many GOOD and LEGITIMATE reasons that Brett Kavanaugh should not be seated on the supreme Court. Reckless sex accusations are not among them.

As Brittany Hunter very well demonstrates, Kavanaugh has a very week record supporting the Fourth Amendment. He is more than happy to disregard its protections in the name of the War on Terror. Also, pay very careful attention to what she says about torture as well as Edward Snowden.

As Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) put it: “Future decisions on the constitutionality of government surveillance of Americans will be huge. We can’t afford a rubber stamp for the executive branch.” Amash is the only Republican openly opposing Kavanaugh.

  • On a related topic, Kavanaugh voted with Merrick Garland, Obama’s unsuccessful nominee 93 percent of the time.
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You Don’t Have to Take a Side on Every Controversy

By Doug Newman – email me.
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You don’t HAVE to take a side on every controversy. Oftentimes, both sides are wrong. It’s OK to sit things out in these situations. Just because X is wrong doesn’t mean that not-X is right.

Just know that very powerful people orchestrate so many of these controversies not as contests between right and wrong, good and evil, freedom and tyranny, etc. Rather they are designed to pull emotional triggers, wreck friendships and relationships, destroy your mental, spiritual and even physical health, etc. These people don’t give a flying rip about YOU.

Do your own thinking! And you don’t always have to agree with me! (YAY!)

Exercising personal independence is good.

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If Only People Truly KNEW How Badly They Were Being Manipulated

Just one excerpt from an extremely thought-provoking article:

Propaganda doesn’t have to change your mind to be effective– all it has to do is disable your critical thinking by blinding you with rage, misdirecting your attention, generating an “Other” that acts as a target for projected frustration, creating either-or thinking, splinter the working / middle classes into divisive “tribes” supported by echo-chamber social media and addict you to constant drips of carefully tailored emotional derangement.

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By Doug Newman – email me here.
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The American Dream is alive in North Korea. They have taken everything that so many Americans at least say that they want to the extreme.

  • Total gun control.
  • Single-payer healthcare.
  • No restrictions on police and prosecutors.
  • Total national security.
  • YUGE, YUGE, YUUUUUUUGE military parades.
  • Absolutely zero criticism of The Leader.
  • Accusations from the proper people equate to guilt.
  • Defendants are presumed guilty.
  • Mandatory participation in patriotic events.
  • Total political correctness.
  • Universal military conscription.
  • The military in domestic law enforcement.
  • Very strict limits on foreign trade.
  • Total economic self-reliance.
  • The most fortified borders on earth.

If you’ll give up some of your liberty in order to have a better society, why not give up all of your liberty in order to have a perfect society? Why not just push every government activity that you like to the absolute limit?

You know, like North Korea does.

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Lies, Damned Lies and American Gun Control Statistics

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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In the aftermath of tragedies such as the recent school massacre in Parkland, Florida, it is oh so tempting to think that tougher gun laws are The Answer. If we just make it harder to get guns, they tell us, fewer people will buy guns and we will reduce the murder rate.

To be sure, America has more guns as well as guns per capita than any other nation on earth. To hear it from the anti-gun crowd, this and this alone is enough to explain America’s murder and overall crime rates. To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and gun control statistics, with the third being the most deceptive of all. More guns do not mean more murders and fewer guns do not mean fewer murders.

In 2012, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, I did some research that revealed zero correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rates and murder rates in various countries around the world. While America leads the world in gun ownership, we rank ninety-second in homicide rate. El Salvador leads the world in homicide and has a rate of gun ownership similar to that of Great Britain. Moreover, America has more guns than ever and murder rates have dropped dramatically since the early 1990s.

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This is also the case when we look at various American states. I am not a professional statistician. However, some very basic research yielded some interesting results about the relationship between strictness of gun laws, gun ownership and murder rates. My sources include the Giffords Law Center’s Annual Gun Law Scorecard ranking states as per the strength of their gun laws, and a summary of the FBI Uniform Crime Reports on gun ownership and murder rates.

  • New Hampshire had the nation’s lowest murder rate and one of the lowest rates of gun ownership despite having very weak gun laws. Neighboring Maine and Vermont also had very weak gun laws and some of the lowest murder rates.
  • The District of Columbia ranked 39th in gun ownership, but had the nation’s highest murder rate by a very wide margin.
  • Alaska ranked first in gun ownership, but had a gun murder rate slightly lower than Delaware, which ranked 51st in gun ownership.
  • Louisiana ranked second in gun murder rate, even though it had a rate of gun ownership similar to Hawaii, which ranked 51st in gun murder rate.
  • Maryland ranked fourth in murder rate, but 42nd in gun ownership.
  • Kansas had the third weakest gun laws, but ranked 25th in murder rate.
  • Georgia had four times the gun murder rate as Utah, despite having a slightly lower rate of gun ownership.
  • My home state of New Jersey had the fourth lowest gun ownership rate, but the 22nd lowest murder rate.
  • Colorado, where I live now, ranked 22nd in gun ownership and 35th in murder rate.

Do you detect any patterns here? If not, don’t feel bad, because neither do I.

The principle applies domestically as well as internationally: there is simply no correlation between gun ownership, gun laws and murder rates.

okc bombing memeAnd also note that the Giffords study only talks about gun murders, and not all murders. Tim McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City without a gun. The 9/11 hijackers didn’t use any guns. And the largest school massacre in American history was in Bath, Michigan, in 1927, where 44 were killed and 58 were injured. The perp did not use guns, but rather explosives. And this was at a time when you could buy all sorts of guns in the Sears Catalog.

On a personal note, I lost a long-time friend in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. If you’ll remember, the killer, James Holmes, also rigged his apartment building with explosives. He could have killed 12 people just as dead and injured 60 more people without ever picking up a gun.

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RIP, Gordon. Credit: CNN

Also, Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had planted bombs in the school’s cafeteria which ultimately failed to detonate. Just like James Holmes, they could have wrought massive bloodshed without picking up a gun.

While I was researching this, I read of a study from Cohen Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York, stating that 3000 teenagers die each year as a result of texting and driving. Contrast this with the 12 or so students who die in an average year from firearms on school campuses.

Where is the outrage about texting and driving? Where are all the marches, walkouts and demands for reform? Are there any “spokespersons” anywhere decrying these deaths from texting as an “epidemic” or “holocaust”? Are these deaths by texting any less tragic than those from firearms? Does God value the souls of those who died from texting any less than He values souls of those who perished from school shootings?

There are over 50 million students in K-12 education in America. In an average year about 12 perish as a result of firearms on campus. The chances of dying from a school shooting are less than 1 in 4 million. Even with the myriad problems facing American schools, they are very safe places.

And just like “gun-free” schools haven’t stopped any of the massacres we have seen in recent decades, “hardening” schools with a stronger police presence will not make them any safer either.

In the 1978-79 academic year, when I was a high school senior somewhere in the swamps of Jersey, there were 3 school shooting deaths all year out of tens of millions of students nationally. Schools were not “gun-free” and you never saw cops on campus.


So why all the uproar about school shootings and the demands to enact stricter gun control? It is because an armed citizenry is the last true line of defense against full frontal tyranny coming to America. And if you don’t think that this is happening as you read this, you need to take a harder look at what has transpired in America over the last few decades.

None of this is to minimize the grief of those who have been affected by these tragedies. By all means mourn the dead and pray for all affected. But don’t succumb to the deluge of media-induced panic and fearmongering.

Ultimately, the problems are cultural and cannot be fixed by laws. It is not a gun problem, but rather a people problem with no quick-fix “solution”. To paraphrase Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the fault is not in our guns but in ourselves.

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In most respectful memory of all who perished at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Credit: today.com

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Do We HAVE to Have a President?

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Monday is President’s Day. Why do we celebrate it? And do we even have to have a president?

The most boring topic of conversation imaginable is whoever warms the chair in the Oval Office. The second most boring topic is whoever that person vanquished in the last election. The third most boring topic is the previous chair warmer-in-chief. The most boring people imaginable are those who absolutely cannot just shut up about the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Call it Presidential Derangement Syndrome.

trump mockingThe presidency, as ordained by the U.S. Constitution, is an insignificant office. The president is the chief executive officer of a branch of government whose activity is severely limited. These powers are spelled out in 329 words in Sections 2 and 3 of Article II and restrained by the Tenth Amendment. The only power the president can exercise unilaterally over people is the power to grant pardons and reprieves. He cannot make laws and he cannot rule by executive order.

He only presides over the executive branch of the federal government. His vetoes can be overridden by the senate and his actions can be overruled by the courts. So if you are not in the military or an employee of some other segment of the executive branch, you don’t have a president.

I stopped having a president on April 1, 2001, when my Naval Reserve retirement became effective. The occupant of that office does not preside over me in any manner that I acknowledge. He doesn’t preside over you either. And, no, you don’t have to “do what he says”.

Presidents going back to George Washington, who led federal troops to the Pittsburgh area to collect whiskey taxes, have overstepped their bounds. The federal government, especially since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, has grown into such a monstrosity that it still doesn’t matter who is its CEO. I found it slightly amusing after Hurricane Harvey when Trump said he would visit Houston when it would not cause disruption. Wherever the president goes nowadays, he causes is massive disruption, with roads blocked and traffic redirected everywhere.

Is this merely security theater or do that many people seriously want to kill the president? If, God forbid, the latter, it ought to serve as some sort of reality check. Perhaps there is a reason that whoever holds the office president, whoever that may be, is so widely hated.

When the president order any of us incarcerated indefinitely without any semblance of due process as well as rain bombs all over the planet, whoever holds that office needs to be hated and hated widely for no other reason that they sought that office more aggressively than anyone else.

And, no, I don’t have to “respect the office” of president any more than I have to “respect the office” of Mine Shaft Inspector. Tyrants deserve contempt, not respect.

I also found it amusing when conservatives complained that Obama – aka King Putt – played too much golf and ignored his presidential duties. Did they want himhim?MAObama? – doing more of everything they claimed to hate so much?

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Is it just me, or does he look like NFL legend John Elway?

So let the president play golf, or buy the first box of Girl Scout cookies, or throw out the first pitch on  Opening Day. And, yes, let him visit disaster areas as long as he doesn’t use these disasters as reasons to spend more stolen, i.e. taxpayer, money or expand federal police powers. Let him spend as much time as possible away from the levers of power.

As Lew Rockwell wrote in the mid-1990s: “The presidency must be destroyed. It is the primary evil we face, and the cause of nearly all our woes. It squanders the national wealth and starts unjust wars against foreign peoples that have never done us any harm. It wrecks our families, tramples on our rights, invades our communities, and spies on our bank accounts. It skews the culture towards decadence and trash. It tells lie after lie. Teachers used to tell schools kids that anyone can be president. This is like saying anyone can go to Hell. It’s not an inspiration; it’s a threat.”

While constitutional government such as that promoted by Ron Paul would be an immeasurable improvement over anything anyone reading this has ever experienced, I really think it was a mistake to depart from our original governing document: the Articles of Confederation. The anti-federalists warned us repeatedly that the proposed constitution would consolidate more power at the federal level and would eventually devolve into tyranny. They were right.

obama-mental-floss freerepublicJust a few of the benefits of the Articles of Confederation were that it neither granted any federal taxing power nor created a federal court system. Moreover, the president presided over the congress and had no assigned duties. And the president was elected by the congress. John Hancock was elected president for 1785 and never showed up to take the job. Hence, he was the greatest president.

At this time, America was in a struggle against the world’s pre-eminent military power. And, yet, the Continental Army, Navy and Marine Corps prevailed without a president as commander-in-chief.

This arrangement reminds me of my high school class president, a fellow WordPress blogger and all-around cool guy. He exercised no power over us, just like the president under the Articles of Confederation. (And we were quite the libertine bunch.)

I frequently cite I Samuel 8:4-20 as being parallel to contemporary America. The children of Israel clamored for a secular political king. God said, in effect: “I’ll let you have the king you say you want. But you’ll be sorry you asked.” Later, in Hosea 13:11, God says that He did this out of “anger”. A political chief executive was a curse, not a blessing.

Thomas Jefferson once remarked that “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Demanding a tyrant is rebellion against God.

bush our enemiesWe recently endured the annual State of the Union orgy. Actually, many of you endured it as I have made it a point not to watch it ever since the late 1990s when Bill Clinton proclaimed that “the era of big government is over”. It is interesting to note that, in 1801, Jefferson delivered the address in writing as he considered giving a speech too monarchical. This practice continued until – no surprise here – Woodrow Wilson gave a speech in 1913.

Just like everything else in Washington, even the discharge of the least of the president’s constitutional duties grows biglyer and uglier all the time. That so many millions of people give it such an undue amount of emphasis bodes ill for what people keep telling me is a free country.

clinton stupid imgflipIndeed, Kevin Williamson writing in National Review in 2014, described the State of the Union as “a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship”.

Mobutu Sese Seko was the unspeakably brutal dictator of the Congo from 1965 until shortly before his death in 1997. This was not his given name, but an alias. It was short for Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga. This translates as “The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake.”

Sometimes, I think this is what the American people desire in a president. The real problem, as always, lies not in the presidency, but among the people. Someday, we, like the children of ancient Israel, will also be sorry we asked.

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