The Presidential Election of 2016 was between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Clinton was the Democratic candidate and Trump was the Republican choice.
Hillary R. Clinton had been demonized by the Republicans since she was first lady of
Arkansas and her husband had been Governor of that state from January 11, 1983 on. At that time she was called the Lady Macbeth of Arkansas by the Republicans because of her work for the poor and children. As First Lady of the United States she chaired a committee on providing medical insurance for all American citizens which the Republicans strongly opposed. It failed. She has been heavily resented by Republicans over the years for being an advocate for those who need representation in the state legislature and in Congress and for being a Senator and Secretary of State. The Republicans wanted her to be a stay-at-home First Lady rather than an advocate for causes they did not support.
Donald J. Trump has an odious reputation as a male chauvinist, a sexual predator, a dishonest businessman, a TV reality star, and as a prefabricator or liar. He is a thin skinned narcissist and probable sociopath who sees everything in terms of himself. In addition he is lazy, making-up what he doesn’t know or understand. He verbally attacks anyone who in any way opposes him, calling those individuals derogatory names. Today, as President, he is running a country whose functioning he doesn’t quite totally understand.
What is Hillary Clinton’s great sin as far as the Republicans are concerned? She is a liberal Democrat with a propensity to aid the poor and needy. She sees the function of government as providing for those who can’t properly provide for themselves and having this paid for by those who can afford to pay higher taxes. While Trump and the Republicans see less being spent upon the poor and needy and believe the rich, as the producers of the goods and services needed by the society, should be paying less of their incomes in taxes than the rest of the population.
In actuality Clinton specific crime was using a public email service rather than just a government email service. On the basis of this numerous speakers at Trump rallies have yelled out, “Lock her up!!” However prior Republican government officials like George W. Bush’s Secretary of State have done so in the past and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s oldest daughter, Erika, have done so in the present; as have other Trump officials. Somehow the Trump people can do anything but everyone else should be legally limited as to what they can do in government. This is pure arrogance or cynicism.
From the evidence that seems to be emerging now it would seem that both the Trump people and the Russia conspired together and separately to flood the media with fake news and rumor and with stolen Clinton Emails aimed at making Hillary Clinton unacceptable to a percentage of the American public. If Trump was personally involved in this the probability is that he will be impeached before his current term is up.
The Republican Party, which lost its political majority in Congress in 2008, is very loud and complaining about anything the Democrats do or try to do. During Barack Obama’s eight years as President the Republicans liked nothing that the Democrats did or attempted to do and they continually let the country and the world know it. The Democrats, whose current minority leader is a lady, Nancy Pelosi, are a very quiet and polite. Their philosophy is to let the general public make their own discoveries and vote for candidates accordingly.
A large group of people have become disgusted with both political parties and have become Independents. They have left both political parties and vote as they see fit. In addition many people vote against their own interests. An example being those who voted for Trump who have had their medical insurance partly cut off.
Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election but Hillary Clinton had over three million more popular votes than he did. This is the second time in the last 16 years that this has happened. The first error, which put George W. Bush in the presidency in 2001, cost over 3,000 American military lives in an unnecessary war in Iraq. This does not include all the Iraqis that were killed. The current error placed Donald Trump, a man totally unfit to be President, in that office. What harm he may do as President is anybody’s guess.
The President is elected not by the public directly but rather by the Electoral College which consists of State electors from 50 states being chosen in the exact same proportion in which they are represented in Congress. Four hundred and thirty-five members of the House of Representatives, the number being determined by the population of each state and one hundred members of the Senate, two from each states regardless of the population of that state.
The Constitution was originally written during the summer of 1787 and completed on September 17 of that year. It began operation on March 4, 1789. This was about a decade before the Industrial Revolution began in England in the cotton industry; the United States at that time was mostly rural with some small cities. At the end of the Revolutionary War the new United States was set up under the Articles of Confederation as 13 Independent States that had a largely powerless Congress. The Constitution created a Union of the States, giving the new bicameral Congress the power to make laws for the nation. Most people then still thought of themselves as belonging to the particular state in which they lived.
Communication tended to be very poor or slow. The founding fathers who wrote the Constitution had to come up with a means of choosing an executive or president who would represent all 13 states. Everyone knew at that time that the first President would be George Washington. But after his term in office a new President would have to be chosen. These founding fathers had no concept of political parties. They wanted all the voters to choose the “wisest” man in their area and these electors would choose the best or “wisest” man in the country to be the new President.
Political Parties came into existence even before the new United States. Alexander Hamilton created the Federalist Party. The second national party came into existence in 1800 with the election of Thomas Jefferson, who created the Democratic-Republican Party, which is still with us as the Democratic Party.
Today eight states, within the United States, have 3 only electoral votes. Twenty-seven of the fifty states, having from 3 to 8 electoral votes have a total of 132 electoral votes while the top four states in population: California, Texas, New York, and Florida, have a total of 151 electoral votes. The remaining twenty states are between the two. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the Presidential Election. Trump received 304 Electoral votes.
As the population is not equal within each of the 50 states the Electoral votes in the larger states count less than those in the smaller populated states. They are most heavily weighted in the eight states that have only one member in the House of Representatives. In California the most populated state in the Union the Electoral vote counts the least.
What happens is that many smaller states have three Congressional votes: two in the Senate and one in the House of Representatives. Eight states have 3 electoral votes. Actually 33 of the 50 states have eight or less electoral votes. Another 12 states go from nine electoral votes to eighteen electoral votes. That means that 45 smaller states essentially control the election.
In terms of the popular vote in 2016 Trump received 46.2% or 62,984,825 popular votes; Clinton received 48.3% or 65,844,959 popular votes. She should have won the election. It is past time to have an amendment to the Constitution doing away with the Electoral College. There is now almost instant communication throughout the United States. Every single vote should count equally. They do not under the Electoral College. A true Democracy is supposed to express the will of the majority of the people. This does not always happen with the Electoral College. It is past time to get rid of it.
Donald J. Trump, to quote one of his favorite words, is a “disaster” as a human being and as President of the United States. For one thing he is incapable of showing empathy to Gold Star parents or wives whose son or husband died fighting for this country. Everything with Trump is about himself. All subjects seem to start and end with him. He is the only President in the history of the United States who has held Election Rallies after he was elected to office.
The man is a total narcissist and he probably is also a sociopath. He seems to believe that at the age of 71 he knows everything worth knowing. He doesn’t like to read; consequently he gets all his news from watching TV; mostly, I suspect, Fox News. Trump seems to see most people as either on his side or as enemies. He never apologizes for anything he does or says, no matter how inept or stupid. He also never accepts responsibility for anything he does that turns out negatively. Everything bad is someone else’s fault.
Trump is also lazy. He desperately wants legislative wins; but he doesn’t want to be responsible for defeats. Consequently his Administration does not work directly with Congress. What he gives to them is a very general outline of how he feels about the law at that moment. He could easily change his mind by the next day. When he was campaigning for office he promised to improve Affordable Health Care (Obamacare) his first day as President. By the time he took office the concept had changed. Trump’s major goal seems to be reducing taxes for himself and his fellow rich, as well as large corporations. In order to bring this about initially the plan was to gut Obamacare, taking billions out of the program to pay for a massive tax cut for the rich and large corporations.
This was the “Repeal and Replace” plan. The Federal Government would give fixed block grants to all the individual states. The states would then run the medical care plan in each state, presumably making up the gradual increasing costs out of their own budgets. This plan would have thrown millions of citizens gradually out of Affordable Health Care leaving it only for those few who could afford the premiums.
All the attempts the Republican dominated Congress made over a nine month period to pass this bill failed. The only major bill that Congress passed over this period had to do with increasing sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election and for limiting Trump’s power to individually deal with Russia. It had over 90% bipartisan support in both Houses of Congress. Since a veto would not have killed the bill Trump signed it.
Currently Congress, with Trump’s total support, is working on what it and the President call “a tax reform bill.” This is a tax reduction bill for the rich and large corporations. It actually increases taxes for the middle class particularly in the large Democratic states like California and New York and further separates incomes between the very rich and everyone else, further shrinking the middle class. In point of fact those earning between $10,000 and $75,000 will have their tax bill increased while those in the millions will have their tax bills decreased considerably.
Since the Republicans were not able to take the funds needed out of Affordable Health Care they will largely pay for the tax reduction by deficit spending. It seems that the Republicans are Deficit Hawks when the President is a Democrat but do not have a problem increasing the National Debt by an extra trillion and a half dollars or more when he is a Republican. Massive principles apparently can change overnight!
The probability is that the Republican dominated Congress will have no better luck with this bill than they had with “Repeal and Replace.” While the House of Representatives has a fairly large majority of Republicans there is only a majority of two Republican senators in the Senate. There are 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who vote with the Democrats. If the vote in the Senate is 50 for and 50 against then the Republican Vice President can break the tie with his vote. But if three Republican Senators refuse to go along with their political party then the bill is defeated. Every attempt at “Repeal and Replace” has been defeated by three votes. Trump’s Tax Reform Bill could easily lose enough votes in both Houses of Congress to easily be defeated. There is a Midterm Election coming up on the first Tuesday in November of 2018. One third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be coming up for reelection.
It seems that the majority of tax paying Americans are against this bill. If it were to somehow pass the majority of Republicans could be swept out of Congress in 2018. Even if it failed this could happen in 2018. Trump would really be frustrated if he had to deal with a Democratic majority in the Senate or in both Houses of Congress.
Apparently Trump wants a legislative victory regardless of its effects on the country. He is perfectly willing to destroy the middle class or do whatever it takes to achieve this. He may well not be successful in getting any new major laws passed for the rest of 2017 or even for 2018. After the November 2018 Midterm Election there may be a Democratic majority elected to the Senate or even to the House.
From what I gather the European nations are waiting for Trump to go away in 2020. The people in the United States may have to do the same thing if he is not impeached and hope he doesn’t do too much damage before that time comes.