American Politics: What Do We Do Now?
by Gideon Asche
The conventions are over and the Presidential field is set. All that is left to do is choose an evil and live with it.
Maybe we should replace the New Colossus with a large cardboard sign declaring something from Dante. I’d go with – “Abandon hope all ye who enter here”
Americans are presented with what most of us think is a binary choice. It isn’t, but that’s still how most voters will approach the problem. The result will be the election of one of the most reviled personalities in U.S. history.
I see three kinds of voter evolving into existence with this election.
The Deceived and Confused – They actually support one of the front-runners as if they were a reasonable choice.
Cognitive dissonance has consumed any thread of common sense or reason they may once have enjoyed.
They’re “all in” and can be easily recognized by that ovine expression or goofy hat.
The Resigned and Acquiescent – They aren’t voting for anyone, they are voting against one of the frontrunners in spite of their distaste for the both.
You can’t blame them for their choice of lesser evil – At least they took the time to choose a lesser evil.
And finally; The Hopeful and Dissonant – These are the voters who still believe and have hope that a reasonable, honest politician still exists. They wont succumb to voting for the least offensive and will back a third party even if it can’t win.
They may well be the salvation of the republic… but it won’t be this cycle.
This election cycle is a loss for all reasonable Americans and it appears that the only choice that will leave most of us with a clear conscience is to abstain. At least that way no one can blame you for what is to come— Right? WRONG!
I assure this is the WRONG CHOICE – This election may be lost, but the Republic will survive.
The founders gave our Republic a good dose of checks and balances and did their best to give us the best chance possible of not screwing it up. As hard as we have tried to muddle things; the Republic always rights itself.
Whoever is elected will be crowned the antichrist in the opposing media while the other as the messiah. History tells us that Legislators on both sides have no reservation about doing their best to undermine the federal government, to the detriment of the people, unless they get their way.
The people will remain the lowest priority in government. Veterans will still die waiting for VA to care and Politicals will continue to prosper.
Weak and milquetoast Americans on the losing side will boo-hoo and lament at the demise of the Republic and threaten to move to Canada or something equally ignorant
The Patriotic on both sides, those that love this Republic and understand that it takes compromise and effort to make it work, will “Ruck Up” and keep moving. We will put the Republic first and try to help whichever dupe slithers into the Whitehouse not screw things up any worse.
Forget the General election, it’s lost anyway… but don’t neglect the Down Ballot election.
Having an infamous crook or a textbook National Socialist in office doesn’t relieve us of our responsibility to take part as Americans and make this Republic work. There are plenty of ways to help guide a President on the right path.
Simply opposing any and all of the new President’s actions was tried by both ends over the last 2 administrations. Both times it was the people who felt it, and nothing was accomplished – so we know that won’t work.
If you are worried about Hillary’s Supreme Court appointees: Do something to help make sure the court returns to a balance body.
If you are worried about the lunacy that the Trump proposes or the Bill of Rights as a whole: Do something to help make sure the legislature continues to be a check and balance.
The Issues haven’t changed, SCOTUS appointments, immigration, gun rights, abortion, gay rights, governmental overreach, income inequality and religious freedom are all still on the table.
Unless we want each of those issues decided for us… buy one of the snake’s two heads… we need to be active.
All is not lost; in reality the President’s power is limited. No matter what idiot ends up as President, we still have a voice via the legislative branch and the current balanced nature of the Supreme Court will hold both the executive and legislative branches in check.
The President’s power is limited to: approving legislation, vetoing legislation and The Power of Executive order – all three can be challenged and negated by the Legislative Branch.
The only way the President can get a law codified is to take it to Congress and ask them to do it for him. His only definitive, non-negotiable power is the power to issue a pardon. Making laws is not his job, implementing it is.
The two bodies of Congress hold the power over the purse and the passage of any legislation including Presidential appointments and EOs.
The People hold the power over congress.
This is the key to the Republic’s resilience and it is the people’s way to keep the idiocracy in check.
There are a total of 34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats on the ballot in November. That’s a total of 469 voices the executive office has no choice but to listen to or, as we have seen over the last 8 years, be made into a Lame Duck President.
As it stands today, the chances of the trump being elected are relatively small, so we need to consider what the ramifications of a Hillary administration might be.
The obvious issues surround the 2nd amendment and the SCOTUS appointments – but, she can’t implement any of that without the legislative branch. As long as the legislative branch is not the property of the Democratic party the 2nd is safe and the SCOTUS appointments will be required to pass congressional muster.
The Senate is a close call. The Dems need only to gain 5 seats in the senate to take the majority. There are 6 seats up for grabs. Five Republican seats: Florida, New Hampshire, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The only Democrat seat in jeopardy is Nevada. The Senate could go democratic in a heartbeat. The House would still be a hindrance to a leftist agenda but it could also be in danger.
The House looks like, even accounting for the Trump factor, it will remain GOP controlled, but the Dems only need 58 additional seats to regain control. There are a total of 28 GOP seats that are considered a possible loss and depending on the voter turnout that number could skyrocket.
California Republicans are so far gone they are letting Barbara Boxer retire and leave the seat unopposed in the general. The Democrats need only to decide which “Pinko left-winger” they want to take her place.
If the trump were to gain enough ground to be a factor we need to just reverse the process and make sure that the Dems don’t lose the Senate and don’t win the house. There needs to be a balance in the two legislative bodies and the executive branch.
A monopolization of the executive and legislative branches could likely lead to a monopolization of the Supreme Court. This is the one thing the Republic can not survive.
If you want to limit the damage Hillary or the Trump and do to the Republic … don’t stay home. Make good down ballot choices and get involved.
You can even vote your conscience and support one of the third party candidates, just don’t neglect the down ballot. To be honest I’m hoping the election will be such a landslide that my vote won’t matter and I can vote my conscience rather than against an ideology.
If you do chose to vote third party, you obviously understand there is no chance of winning, it is a vote of dissent and I can respect that, but consider what would happen if a third party bleeds off enough votes to prevent either the trump or Hillary from reaching 270.
What happens then?
I asked around to just see what people believed would happen. The answers ran the gambit from having a run-off election to electing the candidate with the most votes or having a whole new election.
It sounds reasonable – a run-off or simple vote count would make sense… but that is not how it works.
It has only happened once, in the 1824 election, but in the event no one reaches the 270 mark, Congress simply appoints whomever they choose regardless of vote count.
In 1824 the candidate who had the least votes, James Madison, was appointed President while Andrew Jackson who had a much larger number of votes was disregarded.
In the event no candidate receives 270 votes there is no run-off, no simple count and no input from the voter at all. The House decides who becomes President from the top 3 candidates and the Senate decides who becomes Vice-President.
Personally, I find it a terrifying thought to have this current crop of legislators appoint the next President and Vice President. We could end up with a Trump/Clinton or Clinton/Trump administration.
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me,
and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”