In the movie, Dumb and Dumber, the character, Lloyd Christmas wants to know the chances of a guy like him connecting with a girl like Mary Swanson. She clearly doesn’t want to hurt his feelings but he presses the issue and she finally tells him that the chances are like one out of a million. Lloyd confidently responds, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. YEAH!”
Since the Presidential election, we have watched the main stream media, particularly CNN, live out the role of Lloyd Christmas. Electors in states across the nation cast their votes for President on Monday, December 19, 2016 and Donald Trump was officially elected as President by a majority of electors.
The CNN report on the electoral votes made four separate references to the irrelevant popular vote. Twice it pointed out that Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million votes. Once it pointed out that Trump lost the popular vote by 2 percentage points. It also noted that Trump was the worst performing winner in the popular vote since 1876.
As if hoping to wake up from a bad dream, CNN tossed yet one more Lloyd Christmas scenario when it reported:
“Lawmakers can technically object — in writing, with objections signed by at least one House and one Senate member — to individual electoral votes or entire states’ results. If the House and Senate support that objection, the vote or votes in question are thrown out. But that has never happened.”
All of the talk about the popular vote is irrelevant. The President is elected by the states.
When the Founding Fathers were drafting the Constitution there was a debate over the number of votes in Congress for each state. Would representation be weighted to give more votes to the more populous states or would each state would have equal representation?
The Great Compromise settled the debate by having the House of Representatives based on population. The Senate would have two Senators per state. The Senators would be elected by their State Legislatures.
Article II, Section 1 clearly spells out the procedure for electing the President. The number of electors is based on the number of Senators and Representatives of each state.
The electors “shall meet in their respective states.” As if looking into a crystal ball to see how out of touch Washington, DC has become, the Founding Fathers, mandated that the elections would be held in the individual states.
The individual states sent delegates to adopt the Constitution. The state legislatures ratified the Constitution. We are the United STATES of America.
For the 45th time, the Constitutional electors in the states have cast their votes and we have officially elected a President. Our Constitution has worked again.
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