Posted On: Tuesday - December 1st 2020 6:48PM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '24  Trump  Morning Constitutional
Yeah, it's pretty hard to read that, so here's the text of the second clause of Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States shall be appointed an Elector.[My bolding, of course. Again, they didn't have bolding back then.]
Whatever happens with all this, in the medium run, elections are not going to solve the fundamental problems in this country. My hope for Trump that he would change to act like '16 Candidate Trump in a 2nd term is a pipe dream. Realistically, if he pulled this out, just the extreme aggravation to the Commie left that it would cause would be well worth any effort I could help with. Trump would stave off the Socialism and some of the economic stupidity for a few more years. That is all.
However too far gone this country is, one good thing out of this legal fight is that Americans may be belatedly learning about, of all things, the US Constitution. We have a well-thought-out but complicated way of electing the President. When things don't go smoothly, that document is there to be referred to ...
... well, by those of us who care about it. Even Conservatives regularly deride the Libertarians and "muh Constitution". The Red Squad has a new-found interest in it now. I'll give them a little more credit than the Blue Squad for caring about it. We only hear about the Constitution from the left when they use it to weasel out of trouble on technicalities or when they tell us "hey, ho, this electoral college has to go!", when it doesn't work out for them so well, such as with the defeat of the Hildabeast.
People who actually read the document, especially Article II on the Executive branch, especially Section 1, clause 2 regarding election of the President, are discovering that the States have a lot of power in this election process. They do per the document, that is, were it followed closely and shit. The States have some power still left even after this Law of the Land was egregiously amended by the odious Amendments XVI* and XVII.
In Mr. Titley's post on the legal/legislative battles going on in Pennsylvania, the ability of those Penn legislators to run, or correct, the election process however they see fit is discussed. My question, as Peak Stupidity has asked before, (see City cops vs. Sheriffs and A China story and Chinese vs. American police states), is: are the State officials really going to stand up to the Feds? The usual case is that the Feds say “jump” and State officials say “how high, Sir!?” It’d be really nice if that changed, right there in Pennsylvania, then Michigan, Georgia, ...
It the States stood up and exercised some of their power, I wouldn't be so pessimistic about more than just this election CheatFest.
* That one was a 3-parter, so here are Part 2 and Part 3.