October 23, 2012
With the approach of the November Presidential election I find it prudent to discuss our current election system. Many would be shocked to learn that for more than a century we have NOT had constitutional elections for many of our federal leaders.
Article IV of the Constitution guarantees every state in the Union a Republican form of Government. And within the construct of our Constitution safeguards were put into place to ensure encroachments on that Republican form of government would endure – one of which was the form of selecting members of government that represented a specific segment of our society.
The House of Representatives is known as the “people house.” It is the largest of the houses of Congress and they are selected by the people of the states and are there to represent the interests of the people. The number of representatives for each state is determined by that states percentage of total population, based on the most recent census, times the congressionally determined total number of representatives – 435. (Originally designed as 1 representative for each 30,000 citizens – today that would equate to over 10,000 representatives – this would not be practical and thus was limited to 435.)
The Senate represents the states of the Union with each state given two senate seats. Prior to 1913 the state legislatures determined how they would choose their own representatives but since then they have been chosen by popular vote of the people in their respective states. (17th Amendment) Thus the state has lost, in effect, direct representation within the federal system. Because the senators no longer are controlled by the States for their positions but to the voters their focus will change to those who can more readily impact their re-election: the voter.
But of all the changes in our electoral system that has become the most corrupt and the least understood is the Electoral College system of electing the executive of the federal government.
Let me first describe how this system of government was originally designed and why.
The history of governments seems to always have spawned political parties to one degree or another. It is human nature to want to band together with those that share your particular point of view. Our founders struggled, as their talks and letters have shown, with the idea of political parties and how, in their experience, have quite often become corrupt. That parties tend to campaign for their own candidate regardless of what may or may not be the best for the country.
We have vast numbers of Americans even today that will vote for a person solely on which party they belong to – even when they know that politicians lie to get elected.
Parties tend to change the focus from who is best for the country to who is most electable. This is also a phrase we hear today quite often. News pundits and talking heads try to determine the electability of one candidate over the other when the question should be who would be best for America. Parties, by definition, are divisive as they pit one side against the other in a win or lose scenario and resembles a pageant more than an electoral process.
The original Electoral College did not operate by popular vote and definitely did not pretend that the people were voting for a particular presidential candidate. The electors were appointed in some cases, voted on by legislatures, and later voted on by the qualified populace of the state to elect knowledgeable men knowledge and experience to nominate qualified candidates to be President and Vice-President.
Each state would appoint, by whatever means, a number of electors equal to the number of congressional membership in both houses. These electors would get together within their states to nominate and vote on who they thought would be the best men for the jobs one of which could not be a resident of that state. They would then vote on all the names submitted and the names and voting count results transferred to the seat of the federal government.
The President of the Senate in a joint meeting of congress would then open all the states votes and read the names of all the nominees submitted. After all states nominations and votes had been read and tallied if there was a clear majority winner that person would be named the new president with the person with the second highest tally becoming the vice president.
The 12th Amendment changed this to having the electors identify candidates for either president of vice-president rather than have the runner up take the VP position they would vote separately for each.
Should a tie or no clear winner result from the original tally the President elect would be decided by a vote of the top 5 candidates within the House of Representatives and within the Senate in regard to the VP.
In this way the founders found balance between getting the right man for the job and maintaining federalism by making the states responsible for choosing the leader of their union without the corruption found in party politics. Today each party identifies and nominates their own electors to the Electoral College. It would not be uncommon today, with all the various parties vying for their candidate, to have 30, 40, or more electors identified. Then after the national elections and the votes are cast whichever party wins the majority of votes the state then appoints that parties nominated electors as the state official electors and they submit their candidate.
The original design of having learned men choose for their state the best man for the job of leading the Union has devolved to a pageant of selecting a lesser of two evils. What was once virtually free of cost now consumes billions of dollars to provide mediocre results that have led to political infighting and division within our nation.
Could you image an Abraham Lincoln, a man of meager means, to get on the ballot today? The poorest man, or woman, to run for office today has only a few million dollars and many more millions of dollars from special interests, and Wall Street Bankers.
We have heard time and time again about the money corruption in Washington and we think we are going to solve it by putting more politicians that are in league with the same parties that have placed us here. The real difference in the parties lies outside of Washington where it does not matter. In Washington, though they sit on different sides of the aisle, they are moving together as one in that ever desired goal --- re-election.
In 2010 we sent a large number of “tea-party” representatives to Congress with great expectations of changing government back to its Constitutional roots and restoring honesty and integrity to that once great house. Nearly 3 years later virtually nothing has changed; because every freshman that entered the hallowed halls of the most esteemed fraternity of Congress received a visitor shortly after arrival. A short closed door session would then commence to teach this new freshman that there is a way to get things done in Washington and a way to move into obscurity. If you play ball and get onboard the team you will get on the right committees. You’ll be brought under the wing of an experienced “major player” and will be taken care of and have a long and prosperous career. If you don’t you will end up on some meaningless committee where you will waste away your time until the next election and no bill you present or support will be allowed to the floor for a vote and you will wither on the vine, a failure to your state.
This is why the electoral system was done so different than any other. This is why Senators were appointed by the State and not a popular vote. This is why the people’s house was the only representatives designed to be elected by the people. Because we are NOT a democracy, as so many politicians love to espouse today we were created a republic. With checks and balances put in place to ensure exactly what has happened would not happen.
Did you know that you, the voter, do not vote for president and vice president? No… you vote for electors, and those electors belong to the a party and have sworn to vote for that parties candidate. The sham of electors choosing a president is a LIE, they rubber stamp an agreement to abide the decision of the party without being privy to all the back room dealings to make that decision.
Over the past few years we have heard ever increasing call for the abolishing of the Electoral College. That it is an outdated system that no longer has bearing in this day and age. I say it is exactly the opposite. Because we have abandoned the true Electoral College we have moved away from federalism of the states and have embraced democracy and mob rule over true republicanism. We wonder why government has become so corrupt. We wonder why we keep voting and sending our money to support our party’s candidates and nothing changes. We wonder why government keeps getting bigger and bigger and eating more and more of this nation’s wealth form the very people that put them in office. We wonder why our government no longer obeys the Constitution and call nothing but a damn piece of paper.
You really want to know why?... Because we let them do it! We allowed them to insert parties into a system that was not designed for parties. What was once an open and honest system has been perverted by designing men grooming candidates for positions years in advance to increase the party power, influence, and affluence. Have you ever wondered why it is that these men and women earning about 175K a year are worth millions, and grow by millions each year? Then you hear of the scandals of Congressional insider trading where they use the information they receive from their congressional jobs and use that information to enrich themselves.
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When investigated we find out that that, though unethical, is not against the law for them as it would be for you and I. They have their own retirement system of 100% retirement and do not have to pay into Social Security as you and I do. They exempt themselves from Obamacare and use their own system not available to you and I. They vote themselves raises, they exempt themselves from laws we must obey, and they make millions on the backs of the citizenry of this country.
Aren’t you glad you’re a member of that party?
The system cannot be fixed by changing the seats on the Titanic. We have to first restore the ship to its original sea worthiness and then a new crew that will adhere to the principles of safe navigation. If we do not quickly change what we are doing this ship will sink and we will have no one to blame but ourselves – except our children will also have us to blame as well.
© 2012 Michael LeMieux - All Rights Reserved
LeMieux was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1956 and graduated from
Weber State University in Utah with a degree in Computer Science. He
served in both the US Navy and US Army (Active duty and National Guard)
and trained in multiple intelligence disciplines and was a qualified
paratrooper. He served with the 19th Special Forces Group, while in
the National Guard, as a Special Forces tactical intelligence team member.
He served tours to Kuwait and Afghanistan where he received the Purple
Heart for injuries received in combat.
Mr. LeMieux left military duty at the end of 2005 after being medically discharged with over 19 years of combined military experience. He currently works as an intelligence contractor to the US government.
Michael is a strict constitutionalist who believes in interpreting the constitution by the original intent of the founding fathers. His research has led him to the conclusion that the republic founded by the Constitution is no longer honored by our government. That those who rule America today are doing so with the interest of the federal government in mind and not the Citizens. Michael believes that all three branches of government have strayed far from the checks and balances built into the Constitution and they have failed the American people. A clear example is the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court and the founders have all said was an individual right and could not be "infringed" upon, now has more than 20,000 state and federal laws regulating every aspect of the individuals right, a definite infringement. He has traveled around the world living in 14 States of the Union including Hawaii, and visited (for various lengths of time) in Spain, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, Mauritius, Somalia, Diego Garcia, Australia, Philippines, England, Italy, Germany, and Puerto Rico.
Michael now lives in Nebraska with his wife, two of his three children, Mother-in-Law and grandchild. His hobbies include shooting, wood-working, writing, amateur inventor and scuba diving when he can find the time.
Contact Michael through his Website: www.constitutiondenied.com