We the People did not elect businessman Donald Trump president. At least, not directly. Do I have your attention?
Let’s look back in our nation’s history, those formative years when thirteen states united as a republic. What is a state? Texas comes to mind. Fifty such states comprise our nation. (No, territories and commonwealths and districts are not states.)
Fifteen British colonies became free and independent states the moment the Declaration of Independence was unanimously ratified.
Few Americans reside in U.S. territories and commonwealths and districts. Practically all of us live in one of the fifty states.
Back to the formative years.
Following a successful campaign to win independence from Great Britain, those original thirteen states attempted to function as a unit with respect to national defense through a pact that formed a confederacy. For various reasons, the Confederacy was an unsuccessful governmental model, chiefly two: common defense and economics.
Thus it was the founders united in the same Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed on July 4, 1776, for the purpose of improving the Confederacy. However, none of the weeks of proposed improvements to the Confederacy were acceptable to all the states. It was at that crucial moment in history that the least religious founding father changed the course of American history by calling the state delegates to prayer and Bible study. You can read Mr. Franklin’s entreaty via this link: Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention of 1787
The product of that spiritual revival at Independence Hall in 1787 is our present-day Republic, the United States of America. The emphasis, mine.
Those thirteen states created the framework of government called The United States of America.
I repeat: the States created the Federal Government.
On the matter of elections to federal office, We the People elect Representatives based on population. More populous states have more representatives in the House than less populous states.
The Constitution provides representation by population and by statehood. Each state has two U.S. Senators. Some have two Senators and only one Representative (MT, ND, SD, WY).
Our Founding Fathers intended the House to represent the people and the Senate to represent the States.
The Electoral College, representing the respective states, cast 340 votes for businessman Donald Trump; 270 was the winning point. 29 states elected Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump’s win can be attributed to Democrat voters who became fed up with corrupt socialist policies that were, and still are, crippling our country.
Bottom line: The states elect the president
The popular vote in any given state affects the number of delegates to the Electoral College and it is the votes by the Electoral College delegates that choose our president.
No, the Russians did not mark your ballots. Voters in 3,142 counties cast ballots and, to my knowledge, none of those voters were Russian citizens.
Learn about the Electoral College via this link: The Electoral College – Origin and Objective