Here we go again!
Anytime the Democrats don’t get their way, it’s “the election was stolen!” It was so in 2000 with President Bush (43) and now it’s so with President Trump (45), all because of a claim that neither won the “popular vote.” In his Sunday letter, Mr. Thomas may be correct that Donald Trump lost by 2.8 million popular votes, but the one glaring truth is consistently ignored: the “popular vote” is as much a “courtesy vote” as exit polling is!
Presidential voting is not done, nor has it ever been, on a national level by popular vote. Perhaps re-reading Article II of the U.S. Constitution will help some understand it. The second paragraph opens with: “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…”
After that, the method for the electors making their selection is described in minute detail through the next three paragraphs, yet not once is a vote by the people mentioned. Not once is popular selection of the president suggested. Why would anyone think so much attention was paid to the counting of the votes in Florida in 2000? It was not to shore up the popular vote but to determine which candidate would be awarded the electoral votes.
The Framers devised this method with much forethought, understanding that a popular vote might cause an oppressive atmosphere over voters whose interests diverge with states where larger metropolitan centers are located. The presidential election is held on the state level with the only stipulation that the “Congress may determine the Time of [choosing] the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.”
And that is how the president is elected.
Pete Commander, Bellmead
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Commander is a member of the Tribune-Herald Board of Contributors.
It’s about time!
Sunday’s editorial about the president’s reckless behavior is long overdue. His contempt for others and his immature, egotistical bullying personality are not acceptable behavior. The Republicans who are complicit in enabling his behavior should be ashamed of themselves.
Clydanne M. Reeves, Hewitt
Out and about
Drive around in Waco on most streets and:
- Be loosened up in time for exercise class.
- Improve your vibrato when singing.
- Be pummeled before going to a spa.
- Help your vehicle to rattle more.
- Be thumped upon your fat/flab.
- Be taxed for use of your vehicle.
I hope and yearn for any promised improvements!
Maria Malizia, Waco