Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Majority of Americans

When Obama took office our economy was in free fall.  Democrats in Congress took the right steps to save our economy, but by the midterm election in 2010, many voters didn’t see the recovery helping them.  Consequently, the Democratic  Party was punished.  Nationally 46.9 percent of eligible voters didn’t vote.
Democrats lost many seats in Congress, as well as, governor races and seats in many state legislatures.  That was the year of the national census, and the Republican Party used that opportunity to redistrict House seats by gerrymandering majority Republican districts for their candidates across our country.
The proposals, that President Obama has put forward during his administration have a lot of support from most Americans.  A majority of us want an increase in the federal minimum wage, common sense gun safety regulations, and more investments to rebuild our infrastructure that create more jobs.  Most Americans want to ensure that people don’t go bankrupt when they get sick.  Basically, most Americans agree with the individual components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.
Before the election, a Gallup poll showed that the general public had a more favorable view of the Democratic Party, and Obama’s approval ratings were as high as they’ve ever been.  However, those statistics didn’t translated into majorities on either the state or federal level.
Our system will remain tilted in favor of Republicans as long as Wyoming gets the same number of Senators as California does.  In congressional races a large number of Democrats are clustered in large cities, while Republican voters are spread out, thereby giving then an advantage when it comes to congressional races.
Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump in the popular vote by 2.7 million votes.  Also, Democrats gained 2 seats in the Senate and 6 seats in the House.


Blogger Luke said...

If we were to change the Constitution and eliminate the Electoral College, the complaints would then be that only New York, California, and Texas would elect the president and the rural vote would cry foul.
It is what it is and has been since 1789, and Trump took advantage of the math.
I have a real problem with making changes to the Constitution especially with Republicans having majority in both the legislative and executive branches, not to mention the Republican superiority in many States.
It would be easier to change the districts than getting a constitutional amendment passed. The next election (2020) is another Census year.

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Blogger Jim O'Leary said...

George Washington wrote: “The warmest friends and best supporters the Constitution has, do not contend that it is free from imperfections; but they found them unavoidable and are sensible, if evil is likely to arise there from, the remedy must come hereafter; for in the present moment, it is not to be obtained; as there is a Constitutional door open for it, I think the People (for it is with them to Judge) can as they will have the advantage of experience on their Side, decide with as much propriety on the alterations and amendments which are necessary as ourselves. I do not think we are more inspired, have more wisdom, or possess more virtue, than those who will come after us.”

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