Becoming president via the Electoral College is more like leading a successful coup than it is like winning a democratic election. The Electoral College is an anachronism which was created for two reasons:
1) to convince the slave states to join the Union.
2) to create an elite body which could overrule the general public if they elected somebody really bad.
Hamilton and Madison soon became disillusioned with their creation when the nascent political parties threw idealism out the window and used this device for partisan advantage. There is no logical or moral reason to keep it today.
There is a political reason why it hasn't been abolished. Republicans have learned that it gives them an advantage when presidential elections are close in certain states. So, getting rid of it is an uphill battle because state legislatures must pass certain legislation to reach in order to do away with it. New York has already taken the steps necessary to make the Electoral College irrelevant. You can click here to find out what needs to be done in other states:
Does Trump Have A Mandate?
He will most certainly attempt to convince the public he does, but he surely does not. Hillary is more than two million votes ahead of him in the popular vote. When you add in all the people who would have voted for her, but were not able to do so because of various forms of voter suppression the number of Americans who are opposed to his programs grows even larger. In fact, many experts believe that if there had been no voter suppression Hillary would have won the Electoral College going away. Then add in all those who voted for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein and that gap between Trump and the American public grows still larger. Finally add in all those who foolishly stayed home and didn’t vote at all because they didn’t like any of the candidates and they thought it didn’t matter who won. Even discounting the possibility that voting machines were manipulated, it is clear that Trump lost the vote and will be a minority vote president.
He does not have a mandate and Democrats must not act like he has one.
Were The Voting Machines Rigged?
This article below makes it clear that voting machines can be rigged, but no one knows if voting machines were manipulated in key states during this election. That is the reason Concerned Citizens For Change applauds Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s efforts to a launch a recount. Our system could be made invulnerable to hacking be using paper ballots in addition to voting machines and routinely recounting those paper ballots after an election. It is a shame our country does not want to spend the money to ensure that our elections can’t be stolen.
What Trump Will Do
He contradicted himself so many time during the campaign that the only reliable prediction which can be made is that he will break campaign promises.
Trump is the consummate American con man. He eclipses Barnum, Ponzi, Madoff, and George Parker who made a habit of selling the Brooklyn Bridge. His motto was first uttered by Hungry Joe who said, “There is a sucker born every minute.” Even a cursory look at Trump's business career reveals that he doesn’t mind cheating people.
He said he would drain the swamp in Washington of those who were there to serve the economic elite. A look at his transition team shows he turned to people from the streets to staff it. Unfortunately those streets were Wall Street and K Street.
He will betray those voters who chose him because they thought he would change the economy to rein in organized money for the benefit of the working class. Look at his tax plan: It is simply more of the same policies which have been crushing the middle class and the poor since the 1970’s. It is a plan to put money into the pockets of giant corporations and the super rich like himself. It will really hurt the people.
So what happens if the public starts to catch on that they have been scammed ? We believe he will try to distract people by directing their anger at weaker segments of our society. He was happy to use racism, xenophopbia, misogyny, religious intolerance, anti-Semitism and prejudice against LBGT individuals to bring voters to the polls. We are afraid he will try to stir up those emotions to dsitract people from his failures.
What Should We Do?
We have to be prepared to play defense. We don’t know exactly what he will do, but we have to ready to react to anything he tries.
There are steps we can take now.
1) There are two upcoming marches we can support:
The Million Women’s March will take place in Washington DC on January 21st, the day after the Inauguration which happens to be the anniversary of the Citizens United decision. They say, "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault." The organizers add that, "The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
There will be supporting satellite marches in cities around the country including New York City. Here are links to their Facebook pages:
2) You can also call your representatives in Washington to tell them not to compromise with any Trump excesses. Our Senators should filibuster his worst cabinet choices such as Jeff Sessions. You can reach your House member and your senators through the Capitol switchboard—202-224-3121.
The next few years will be difficult, but we can fight back.
We will find ways to fight back.
We have to fight back.
We will become the RESISTANCE.