Resolution tip: If contemplating a major move, I would not recommend relocating through the Holidays and into the first of a New Year – what a mess! So everything has been belated since the middle of December.
Back on track, it’s time to resume a New Year of cute, cantankerous, clever and crazy Wordplay Wednesday words. Onward!
Some would say this year’s lineup of political contenders for the 2016 election of United States President is a small group of persons joined in a secret, often political intrigue ... aka WW#44:
CABAL (kɘ bälʹ) – n.: 1) small group of persons joined in a secret, often political intrigue; junta; 2) intrigues of such a group; plot | vi. caballing to join in a cabal; plot. [A little history trivia: popularized in England from initials of the ministers of Charles II].
And you thought I was going to get into a political opinion debate. Nah. Though cabal about fits the scenario, doesn’t it?Like me, do you often feel you’re an outsider looking in, as the insiders create drama and push their favorite candidate forward?
Let’s think about our voting rights – and just how little control we actually have over the cabals who govern our lives. Obviously, there are many more online sources to explore, than those below. But this is a start, and you have a right – nay, an obligation – to know ...
Electoral College – what does it do?
Hopefully, you’re aware that although we individually cast our ballots (after exhaustive research into each candidate, right?!), we do NOT formally elect the president and vice president of our illustrious nation. We should all have learned this in school, but retention is a whole different animal, so …
“In 48 of the 50 states,” explains Wikipedia, “the candidate who receives the most popular votes wins all that state's electoral votes. In Maine and Nebraska, the state's electoral votes can be divided among the candidates.” Annnnnnd, “To be elected president, a candidate needs a majority of all the electoral votes in the country.”
Electoral Representatives – who the h*ll are they?
As our government site tells us, “Electors are often chosen to recognize service and dedication to their political party. They may be State-elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the Presidential candidate.”
Wow – that sounds like more caballing and palm-greasing – basically, there is no real discernment that qualifies someone to carry out our declaration requiring them to vote according to our majority request.
That leads us to ask, what happens if the electoral representatives don’t want to listen to us at all … “Althoughelector voted contrary to a pledge.”
In other words, though it’s rarely done – and who would disagree that we’re in rare times – the majority of us as individuals can vote our little hearts out for one presidential candidate, but our caballing State electoral representatives have autonomy to vote however they see fit. It’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility.
Faithless Elector (aka our Good Faith Defector) – just the word “faithless” should tell you something about the term. Yep, this is applied to the rogue electoral rep who doesn’t agree with the majority in his / her state and casts their vote for whomever they see fit “in our best interests.” Supposedly, rogue votes have never affected a presidential election outcome. Uh-huh.
If, like me, you’ve read all the propaganda, tried – and failed – to understand the convoluted system by which we choose a (hopefully) dynamic leader, perhaps it’s time WE make the types of major changes promised eight years ago.
Perhaps it’s time to strip the veil of confusion from our government system, which serves only to hide its inadequacies and corruption. Through our collective actions we should demand a system that is not only simplified for transparency but streamlined for efficiency that all can comprehend.
We all may not be highly educated lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and career politicians; but every one of us knows: right from wrong … how we want to be treated by our government … and what constitutes a fair opportunity to better our lives on a daily basis.
By the way – this system is all we have for now – so if you don’t vote, you won’t have any right to bitch over the next four years. VOTE!!
Now that you’ve explored the Electoral College and its procedures – is it time to abolish this election cabal and make the US presidency (and vice presidency) a popular vote process? Do you have other suggestions? Just askin’ …
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