Last week the United States once again went to the polls to elect the next President and Vice-President of the United States. Additionally, other seats in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives were also part of the electorate process, as were many elections for governors in the fifty states that compose our American Republic. After all of the polls closed and both the popular votes and the electoral college votes were tallied, the anticipated election of the Democratic candidate, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to manifest itself. The electoral college vote favored Donald J. Trump, the self-proclaimed expert of the art of deal making and a successful real estate mogul from New York City.
The loss of the election by Secretary Clinton is not without precedent in American politics. In 2000 the incumbent Vice-President Al Gore won the popular vote while George W. Bush was victorious in the vote of the electoral college. In 1888 Benjamin Harrison won the votes of the electoral college even though Grover Cleveland triumphed in the popular votes. Again in 1876 Samuel Tilden had the electoral support of the voting people, but Rutherford B. Hayes carried the support of the electoral college.
The process of electing a president of the United States is a complicated process that owes the process to the Founding Fathers when the drafted and finally approved the Constitution of the United States. The term, “electoral college,” is actually parlance of the modern era. The Constitution makes reference to the appointment of electors from each state, equivalent to that’s state representation in Congress including its senators. It was indeed the innovation of James Madison to present the notion of electors from each state because of a very simple principle, the separation of powers. Madison felt and rightly believed that an independent group of appointed electors would better serve the American people by objectively casting their votes on behalf of their representative states rather than reflect the manner in which the British elected their prime minister, namely by a vote by members of Parliament.
The astute observation by James Madison has in fact been the law of the land since the inclusion in the United States Constitution and has served the country objectively and relatively well, considering the fact that the candidate that was victorious in the popular vote has only occurred four times in the electoral history of the United States government. Our American Republic, often misunderstood as an unchecked Democracy is perhaps the primary reason most Americans have little or no understanding of the nature of the electoral college as envisioned by the Founding Fathers as an essential component of a true rule of an American Republic. A republic by definition is a constitutionally limited government of the representative type, created by a written Constitution, adopted by the people and changeable by the people through amendment. The powers of the republic are divided between three branches of the government, namely the Executive Branch, namely the office of the President of the United States, the legislative branch, composed by democratically elected members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Judicial Branch, as in our case in the United States, the Supreme Court and finally as emphasized by James Madison, “the people,” who are effectively the electorate from which the three branches of Government derive their authority and power. (ex. The American Ideal of 1776: The Twelve Basic American Principles by Hamilton Albert Long, 1976.)
While to some the election of now President-Elect Trump is unpopular in some cliques of dissent, nonetheless, the process developed by the Founding Fathers, affirmed by the American people and embodied in the United States Constitution is the pervasive and legitimate law of the land. The process has indeed been debated for almost two centuries but after each seemingly critical conflict the American people and the American Government has always gotten back to business and the United States of America continues and endures despite the four exceptional cases of popular vote versus electoral college vote as cited in the beginning of this article.
Uniquely, the first true embodiment of a republic was adopted in the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1780. The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 was structured around the example ratified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seven years earlier. After the Federal Constitutional Convention and the ratification of the United States Constitution many of the States framed their own state constitutions around the structure first envisioned in 1780 in Massachusetts. Most evident in all of these constitutional conventions was the fact that the electorate, namely the peoples of each state adopted their laws independent from any subjugation or interference from the Federal Government.
Since the presidential election of 2016, many groups of protesters have emerged to exercise their rights of freedom of speech and expression against the legitimate election of President-elect Donald J. Trump. Clearly most of these individuals and their collective sponsoring groups have little or no comprehension of the principles that are the foundation of our American Republic. Collectively the new administration should engage in not just a radical modification of the policies of the waning presidency of President Obama but also adopt an ongoing program of education of the American electorate on the finer principles of Constitutional Law and the governing principles that legislatively govern our United States.
Perhaps an introduction of the writings of James Madison would provide an American Renaissance to the so called Millennials that seemingly lack an understanding of the operating principles of our American Republic and the American Democratic process among the other deficient social niceties that are absent from their lifestyles, vocabularies and expectations of what their contributions to the common good actually mean in real life.
Many questions demand answers:
Are all of the people that are protesting, rioting and inciting civil disobedience over the results of a legitimate presidential election of voting age? If they are, did they vote? If the answer is no, does that mean they abdicated their vote because of a pervasive malaise regarding voting in elections that often happens in highly contested elections.
Might the symptomatic reason of discontent simply be rooted in the outcome of the election? Because the popular candidate for Millennials, Liberals, Social Reformers, and many other groups that favor the liberalism that has been so apparent in the Obama administration throwing a proverbial adolescent temper tantrum because Hillary failed to capture the confidence of the Electoral College? Dare anyone say this might be true!
Prior to the election many of the beautiful people, the glitterati, Hollywood’s elite and many others that incline politically to the left threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump were elected as President of the United States. Well, now that the reality of Donald Trump’s election as POTUS has come to fruition, hopefully all of those people and groups of liberals are booking their transit plans out of the United States via air, ship, auto or any other methodology of transportation that will take them to a better place than they currently enjoy here in the United States of America.
Inauguration Day on January 21 marks the beginning of a new path for the American people. President-elect Donald J. Trump will become President Donald J. Trump. With many hopes, prayers and aspirations the POTUS elect will be able to guide the American people into a new age of prosperity for all peoples of the United States, heal the divisions that currently exist and once again bring the United States a renewed pride in our form of government, our lifestyle and global presence. American is indeed great. Hopefully the incoming administration will, Make America GREATER again, through the newly elected President of the United States and the tenacity of the American peoples.