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The user friendly guide to the Electoral College and the U.S. Constitution

Yesterday I posted about a movie you shouldn’t watch. Today I’m posting about a movie that is a must watch. So little of this is taught in school. You learn how a bill becomes a law, you learn the three branches of government, and you get a rudimentary education about factions and the Electoral College. This movie in just a little over an hour teaches you why the U.S. Constitution is the most elegant document that created the greatest system of government in the history of the world. This is not hyperbole.

The founders of the United States were students of government and of history. They designed our government to be purposely slow and deliberate. They never wanted a direct democracy and put up roadblocks (our famous checks and balances) for everything government does so that it would be less intrusive on the individual. If there were changes to laws or to the Constitution they wanted it to be hard so compromise would have to be reached.

The Democrats have been screaming about abolishing the Electoral College and going to a straight popular vote. This video will explain, in easy to understand terms, how such an action would be harmful to every minority group that exists in this country. They point out how easily a candidate will be able to win by simply getting the majority of votes in the cities of Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. We’re not talking the states. Just the cities.

Without the Electoral College candidates will not only be able to skip most of the rural parts of the largest states but also skip most of the states across the nation. No longer will they have to seek out the votes of a wide variety of people and cater to a wide variety of interests. The video also points out how easy it would be for a candidate to avoid campaigning for African American votes or Hispanic votes. Since the White population is still larger it would be possible to win the election with out a significant portion of any minority voter. With the Electoral College candidates cannot ignore the African American or Hispanic voter because those voters can sway an election in a state where they are a larger percentage of the state’s population versus and even smaller minority on a national level.

The further we go away from the original system the more at risk our republic becomes. Take this recent battle that’s brewing over the Supreme Court. If we followed the Constitution more we would not have to worry about the ideology of any particular justice. They would be following the laws as created by Congress and signed by the President. But, Congress now is no longer interested in taking up controversial issues such as abortion. They’re always more worried about the next election and passing blame on the other side. If they just passed a law formally legalizing or abolishing abortion then the justices would have little choice but to respect the will of the people. But now, it’s left to vague interpretations as to how much control a person has over their body and when does life actually begin. This is not the way. We have unelected judges making law out of thin air.

Let’s not abolish the Electoral College. Let’s also stop with the movement for states to pledge their electors to whatever candidate wins the national popular vote. It’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and it is subversive to the Constitution and could lead to the destruction of our republic. The idiots in the states of New Mexico, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont have already agreed to this compact. They have few electoral votes and are essentially cutting their own power in the country should this scheme come to fruition.

Watch the video and share it. We need to protect our system of government as designed as it is the last protection of true liberty on the face of the Earth.

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3 Reasons to Vote for Trump on November 3rd

Economy

President Obama’s economy was excruciatingly slow and stagnant for the lower 99% of the country. That’s the reason shortly after Trump was elected in 2016 that the stock market took off like a rocket and the U.S. economy’s growth accelerated. There was all this pent up demand and the entire US economy gave a huge exhale of relief once President Obama was gone.

It was best put in the Wall Street Journal today:

The Obama-Biden policy mix of easy monetary policy, higher taxes and hyperregulation skewed economic gains toward highly educated workers in industries such as tech and finance at the expense of other workers; toward asset owners at the expense of labor income; and toward larger companies at the expense of smaller. These inequities began to unwind under the Trump Administration.

The Wall Street Journal

Biden is proposing to do far worse than President Obama. The tax and regulatory regime that would come down on the population due to the socialist/environmentalist faction of the Democrat Party will suffocate the country. I can almost feel the stock market crashing upon a Biden win. Employment and salaries will return to stagnation or maybe even deflation. You can’t hire more people if you must pay them $15.00/hour.

Foreign Policy

The Democrats love to say that Trump “cozies” up to dictators. I’ve seen no evidence of it. I wondered how after Trump was elected that suddenly Russia became an enemy of the U.S. We were actively contracting with them to send astronauts to space. How do you trust them with the lives of your astronauts if they are your enemy?

If there was a problem with Russia it happened under President Obama. His constant “red lines” that he would draw and then do nothing once the line was crossed. No one feared what Obama would do and therefore just did whatever they wanted. Just ask Ukraine.

President Trump has put the world on notice that he would not allow them to walk all over us and use us as the world’s piggy bank and the world’s cop. China is especially aware of this now and would certainly welcome a more friendly Joe Biden as president. Under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, China was allowed to steal the United States blind.

Before President Clinton the Chinese could not launch a rocket. Clinton relaxed the regulations on the export of technology and shortly thereafter the Chinese are launching satellites into orbit. Add to that U.S. high tech companies using cheap Chinese labor to manufacture high tech products allowed the Chinese to gain knowledge into how to build all kinds of devices.

Did the tariffs hurt the U.S.? Yes. But Trump is playing the long game here. The short term pain we feel will turn into a long term gain once the relationship regarding trade is set to a more reasonable level. I’m not talking about trade deficits either. Those are nothing but political fakery. I’m talking about countries like China that restrict U.S. companies’ entry to their market while we freely allow there companies to enter ours. There needs to be more openness to let the companies compete. If they restrict our businesses then we must restrict theirs in the same manner.

The Judicial Branch

Enough can’t be said about judicial appointments. For far too long the courts have been packed with left leaning activist judges. And the Supreme Court needs to be rebalanced so we can get away from these 5-4 decisions. If Biden is elected I believe almost immediately Justice Ginsburg will retire allowing Biden his first pick. There is no way a President Biden is going to appoint a judge that will adhere to the Constitution. He will do as he did with his pick for a running mate. He’ll have this political identity checklist of all the things a person must be to be appointed that has nothing to do with the law or the Constitution.

Conclusion

I didn’t vote for President Trump in 2016. On a personal level I don’t like him and never did. But, in 2020 President Trump has my vote.

I don’t pay attention to what politicians say. Instead I watch what they do. President Obama would tell you that he’s going to do the things that help average everyday people and the poor. Instead just about every action he took did the exact opposite. It resulted in almost a decade of just feeling like nothing good was going to happen and we had to live in this “new normal”. Trump, on the other had, says all kinds of stuff that I don’t agree with or that I think would be better off unsaid. But, his actions on things that matter helped the country a great deal. It helped all the country and not just the wealthiest at the top.

Once we get on the other side of COVID-19 hysteria a Trump presidency is the best chance we have of crawling out of the muck and mire of lockdown. Biden, on the other hand, will lock us all down on the advice of some unelected bureaucrat. Our lives can’t afford a President like that.

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Chicago & Illinois wasted $66 million for unused McCormick Place temp hospital

$66 million for fabric cubicles?
Chicago Sun-Times

It doesn’t matter if the temporary hospital was needed or not. Let’s give the government the benefit of the doubt that they were actually worried the hospital system in Chicago would be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Let’s say they actually needed this facility that was capable of housing 2,750 patients. Instead of choosing a contractor that would charge taxpayers $66 million they could have gone with a contractor that would have charged NOTHING. That’s right… NOTHING!

McPier solicited proposals from three giants in construction: Walsh, Pepper Construction and Power Construction Company. And it hired Walsh even though Power said it either would forgo any fees or donate them to pandemic relief because it didn’t want to profit from the pandemic. Walsh charged $65.9 million, including more than $5.1 million in fees, records show.

Chicago Sun-Times

You can’t make this stuff up. A city and state that are both broke, that shutdown the state’s economy, and where lawmakers and union members received a raise this year opted to throw away $66 million on a temporary hospital that held exactly 38 patients!

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A vote for Joe Biden is a vote against the USA

I don’t agree with Joe Biden’s politics or policies. I always found him an affable man but one that is largely full of shit. You can say the exact same thing about President Trump without the affable part. But the difference between the two, and it is a giant difference, is that Joe Biden obviously no longer has the capacity to be a functioning politician let alone president. He’s become a willing, or unwilling, dupe in order to get elected.

On July 28 2020, Biden gave a speech that launches his campaign slogan “Build Back Better.” Yes, it’s a lame slogan, but it’s also taken from the far left pushers of the “Green New Deal.” Putting this part aside for the moment just watch the first few minutes of Biden’s speech. He tries to joke about is age and diminishing faculties but it really comes off as making him look feeble and suffering from mild dementia.

Now on to his slogan. Here is a video uploaded to YouTube on June 17, 2020, under the TEDx moniker, from Professor John Barry. Mr. Barry is a professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast. What a mouthful of gobbledygook. In this video he talks about killing off capitalism, pushes his socialist agenda, and yes, he talks about “Build Back Better.”

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote against everything the United States stands for. The United States is not for equality of outcomes it is for equality of opportunity. State management of human lives has failed every time it has been tried.

A vote for Joe Biden is also a vote for someone who no longer has the mental capacity to be president. You’re voting ideology over country.

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Uncle Tom, a must watch movie

If you care at all about freedom in the United States and the division being sowed between black and white people today, especially today, you need to watch Uncle Tom.

This movie, produced by Larry Elder, is extremely important because it shows that the black community is not a single ideological voting block. It shows that some black people are tired of protesting racism while continuing to vote for the same political party that perpetuates that racism.

This movie gives a different perspective on the history of black people in the United States. It pushes a perspective that in many ways the black community was more cohesive prior to the Civil Rights Act. It doesn’t say the Civil Rights Act was a bad thing. It does say the policies enacted in the wake of it were designed to weaken the black community at the time when they should have compounded the gains already achieved.

This movie is important because black people are giving their stories. They tell of when they reached the realization that they were part of the problem and perpetuating the old way of thinking. They were the ones holding themselves and others in their communities back. They decided to stop and make the change to improve the lives of not just black people but of all Americans.

Liberals of the United States created what they believe to be a permanent victim class and people like Larry Elder are trying to interrupt the victim thought process and push people to take control.

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Inconvenient statistics on crime, policing, and the black community

When emotion is brought into public policy we can count on bad things happening. Looting and rioting are doing damage to the argument for the need to reform policing. Is it bringing attention to it? Yes. But, not the kind of attention that is needed.

In the cold world of statistics we have these facts:

In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.

Wall Street Journal

We’ve seen this before but it won’t make it onto the nightly news. Instead the emotion of the current events will be highlighted because human suffering gets eyeballs to their TV screens. The coverage makes it seem like all white police officers are purposely looking for black people to kill. The numbers don’t agree with the narrative.

Meanwhile, looting and rioting are destroying businesses and neighborhoods. Chicago, in particular, we saw the destruction of many small businesses on the south and west sides. Retailers that were just beginning to look forward to somewhat getting back to business. First government stepped in with their heavy hand and closed them down. Now some people in their neighborhoods have put the final nail in the coffin. Who wants to re-open a business when the government can deem you non-essential and then because of the action by a police officer in Minneapolis your neighbors literally burn your business down.

A majority of the cities and states where the unrest is occurring are places where Democrats run the government. The people protesting overwhelmingly vote Democrat. There is cognitive dissonance happening here. The people protesting keep the people in power that they say keep them oppressed. It’s almost like battered wife syndrome. You get beaten and beaten but keep going back because you believe that person will change.

They won’t change. They will tell you they’re sorry. They’ll tell you they love you. They’ll tell you they’ll never do it again. But they will.

I’m not saying Republicans are blameless and there may be places where similar things are occurring where Republicans are in power. But, at least right now, what is happening and where it’s happening are not Republican strongholds.

We need to stop asking government to take care of us. Putting them in charge of our well being leads to abuse of power and overreach. If they are your parent expect them to tell you how, where, and why you should live. Keep them at more than an arms length and you’ll find your independence a God-send. You’ll be better off for it and so will the United States of America.

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President Trump doesn’t understand the concept of the “Public Square”

A draft of President Trump’s Executive Order “Preventing Online Censorship”

President Trump today signed an Executive Order that threatens Internet based social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. He says that these platforms are the 21st century equivalent of the public square and that the protections afforded by the First Amendment to the Constitution apply to these companies.

He has it totally wrong. The Internet is the public square and social networking sites are private companies that operate on the public square. If you don’t like what they do you can build your own site to compete with them. It’s important to remember that only the government is restricted from censoring you. Your school, your employer, or any private organization that you don’t control is allowed to control your behavior, to a certain extent, while on their property or using their service.

This is not to say that the big social networking companies aren’t partly to blame for his reaction. They are cow towing to a vocal minority that seeks to silence opposition to the main stream narrative of events of the day.

During this COVID-19 pandemic Twitter and YouTube have suspended accounts and taken down videos of scientists critical of the lockdown. I don’t believe that a person is sitting there at these companies manually taking down accounts and videos but this is done automatically when bunches of trolls flag accounts and videos reporting them as fake or harmful. That’s where the problem lies. It’s easy for humans to game the system of an algorithm that just responds to clicks.

The social media sites should relax their algorithms and just let the users decide for themselves. It’s bad enough that these automated systems create filter bubbles where all people see are views and news that support their own biases. Now we have these same systems shutting down debate.

I miss the early days of the Internet and the World Wide Web. It was such an open place to be where you could learn almost anything. You still can but you have to use a mental machete to chop away all the crap.

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Contact Tracing Administration – The future federal waste of tax dollars

Let’s count the days until the Department of Health and Human Services has a new division called the Contact Tracing Administration. Or, maybe it will fall under the Department of Homeland Security since virus infiltration into the nation is sure to be a national security threat.

I can see these agents now showing up at our homes with their little uniforms and most assuredly a badge of some sort. They’ll show up at your house because no one answers the phone call from an unfamiliar number.

The idea is to reach out to everyone who has tested positive for the virus, find out whom they might have inadvertently exposed and encourage them all to avoid infecting others. But an army of 180,000 contact tracers provisioned with telephone headsets and scripts does not guarantee that anyone will want to talk to them, much less follow their advice.

New York Times

These people will be the new TSA. They’ll be called Health Security Agents (HSA), Health Security Officers (HSO), or maybe Contact Tracing Administration Agent (CTA Agent). You know they’ll have to have a nifty three letter acronym.

I predict billions of dollars getting wasted so the government can create huge databases of who we are, who our associates are, and where we go. Combine that with the push to go cashless and the government will own you and your bank account.

Don’t think this can happen? I didn’t think the government had the power to designate some businesses essential and some not. I didn’t think they had the power to shut down the entire US economy. I didn’t think they had the power to shut down religious services. Somehow they don’t have the power to do these things but they did them.

Good luck to us.

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Scared of what is not dangerous

We’re now reaping what we have sowed. Anti-bullying, participation trophies, helicopter parents, no keeping score, no more valedictorians, safe spaces, cancel culture, and on and on and on. We’ve been softened to the point where we are scared of things that aren’t dangerous. We have met the boogeyman and he is us.

Imagine if an insurance actuary was so scared of something that she graded it 1,000 times riskier than the data showed. This might be a career-ending mistake. This is exactly what people have done regarding COVID-19: making decisions on fear and not data.

According to CDC data, 81% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States are people over 65 years old, most with preexisting conditions. If you add in 55-64-year-olds that number jumps to 93%. For those below age 55, preexisting conditions play a significant role, but the death rate is currently around 0.0022%, or one death per 45,000 people in this age range. Below 25 years old the fatality rate of COVID-19 is 0.00008%, or roughly one in 1.25 million, and yet we have shut down all schools and day-care centers, some never to open again! This makes it harder for mothers and fathers to remain employed.

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Confirmed: SARS-CoV-2 no more infectious than Influenza

I found out about a free course offered by Johns Hopkins University to get certified to be a Contact Tracer. In the course they discuss the basics of the virus and its infectiousness. According to Johns Hopkins University SARS-CoV-2 (which causes the disease COVID-19) is NO MORE INFECTIOUS THAN SEASONAL INFLUENZA (See area circled in red in the slide above). Yes, you read that right. As part of training to become a contact tracer they teach you that you are at no more danger from getting COVID-19 than you are from getting the normal run of the mill average every day FLU.

If this is in fact the case, which I have no doubt that it is because Johns Hopkins University is the authority, what is going to happen to our society when the next flu season rolls around? Or say when a bad flu season rolls around? Do our “experts” and scientists expect the economy to shut down because of this? This is ridiculous.

What is a Contact Tracer anyway? We hear about them in the news all the time as being critical to the nation opening back up and life returning to normal. Well contact tracers are the people that will be intruding into your life to find out where you’ve been and who you associated with under the guise of stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

The people employed as contact tracers aren’t the problem. They will be people like you and me and most likely just people looking for a job. Especially in this time when the government shut everything down. You can be sure a contact tracer’s job will be essential. The problem will be the data they will compile and what happens to it. The data will be a treasure trove of information about where you’ve been, who you associate with, and what you do in your spare time. I don’t know about you but unless we’re dealing with a disease that is like Ebola or a flesh eating bacteria that will kill you in a few days employing these human data miners is a huge infringement on our private lives and personal liberty.

I did pass my course by the way with a grade of 97%. According to them I made two errors. One error I believe is theirs. Here is the question:

Why is building rapport with cases and contacts important for contact tracing? Select all that apply

1. To help them understand that you are in charge

2. To help educate them about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

3. To help increase the chances that they will effectively isolate and quarantine.

4. To help collect complete, accurate information from them

I answered that 3 & 4 were correct. They said that I should have also included #2. I believe they are incorrect because educating someone about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 won’t help me contact trace. It will only let my interrogatees know about the virus.

My other error is most likely my fault. Here is the question:

In the following exchange, which active listening tool is Jacob using: paraphrasing or reflecting?

Contact: Geez, how could I be sick? I’ve been doing everything I can to avoid this. You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Jacob: You’re angry that you spent time nearby someone with coronavirus and upset that this is happening.

1. Paraphrasing

2. Reflecting

I said Jacob was paraphrasing when supposedly he was reflecting. To me they are the same thing. It’s just repeating back what the other person said. I know I lack the empathy needed to discern between the two. The distinctions are subtle to me.

What they call paraphrasing and reflecting I call annoying parroting. I don’t need someone to validate what I just said. I find it patronizing and quite frankly full of bullshit.

Here’s my certificate by the way.

I wonder what this gig pays?