Thursday, June 05, 2008

American Civics 101

A lot of people are under the impression that the President of the United States is supposed to be elected by the people.

No, he's not. He never has been.

This misconception, promulgated mostly by political liberals and powder puff mainstream "journalists" -- who think that if they say it enough, or do enough made-for-cable movies which slant the story their way, that it will be true -- has been the cause for much misunderstanding, especially pertaining to the results of the 2000 election. And whatever you may think of Ann Coulter (a little sensational for my taste, but she's right most of the time), she provides a desperately needed lesson in how this country works, for those of you who can't stop bitching about it long enough to actually know what the hell you're talking about:

[O]ur Constitution sets forth rules for the election of a president. Under the Constitution that has led to the greatest individual liberty, prosperity and security ever known to mankind, Americans have no constitutional right to vote for president, at all. (Don't fret Democrats: According to five liberals on the Supreme Court, you do have a right to sodomy and abortion!)

Americans certainly have no right to demand that their vote prevail over the electors' vote.

The Constitution states that electors from each state are to choose the president, and it is up to state legislatures to determine how those electors are selected. It is only by happenstance that most states use a popular vote to choose their electors.

When you vote for president this fall, you will not be voting for Barack Obama or John McCain; you will be voting for an elector who pledges to cast his vote for Obama or McCain. (For those new Obama voters who may be reading, it's like voting for Paula, Randy or Simon to represent you, instead of texting your vote directly.)

Now, I have to warn some of you. If you read this, you might learn something. And if you do, you might be tempted to share it with others. And when THAT happens, the cool kids might not invite you to their lunch table anymore.

You didn't need friends like that anyway.

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