ICYMI – We the People did not elect Donald Trump

It’s true. You should know the naked truth about Mike Pence whom we also did not elect.

So, your civics class failed you, again. Eh? The scholarly founding father most often quoted on all things constitutional was not in Philadelphia when the Constitution was penned. Thomas Jefferson was in Europe at the time. Jefferson penned the foundational document, the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson’s advice to us is as valid today as it was when he made the following statement.

“It is every Americans’ right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself.” (Get it? As in, read it before you interpret it?)

From county clerks to the lofty offices of US senators and all offices in between, we directly elect every single one of them. But, we don’t elect presidents and vice presidents. Directly.

This NY Post article spawned this blog posting.

In the original Constitution of 1789, the two offices to which candidates were not elected by popular vote were the offices of President and US Senator. Two constitutional amendments altered the processes for choosing senators and vice presidents.

Since 1789, the process by which presidents are chosen has remained unchanged. The choosing of vice presidents was changed by Amendment XII and the choosing of US senators was changed by Amendment XVII from appointments by the state legislatures to a popular vote within the respective state.

Back to electing presidents, let’s start by saying the name of our country very slowly – the United States. Yes, our country, the United States of America is a federation of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The United States of America is a nation of states, not a nation-state.

What about the American Indians? The US recognizes 573 Indian nations but this is a tale for another time.

In the beginning, the 13 British colonies became independent sovereign states, 13 small nations. Now free from the tyranny of a monarchy, the leaders of all 13 former colonies abhorred the idea of a strong central federal government. Therefore, those original 13 states united under a confederacy, an alliance chiefly for mutual defense against foreign enemies.

The confederacy failed. Miserably.

The 13 autonomous states convened a convention in 1787 with the goal of improving the confederate constitution, an impossible task. Instead of improving the confederacy, out of that convention a federation was formed whereby the states retained all local (intrastate) authority and the federal government would unite the independent states to act as one state on all matters of interstate relations and common defense against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The Constitution of 1789 forces all states to follow the republican form of government. We the People of our respective states directly choose lawmakers, leaders and some judges. The chief executive of the federation is elected by the states, not by the total population living under the federation. Within 15 years, the 12th amendment made the selection of vice president the same as the selection of the president.

The Electoral Process in the US Constitution assures representation of all states and that a highly populated state could not overrule the less populous states.

The President of the United States of America is not the president, chief executive of Texas; Governor Greg Abbott was elected to this office. The President is the chief executive officer over the federation of the states, territories, and districts.

Leftist Democrats falsely claim President Trump was not elected by the majority of the people. Well, this is true; he was elected legitimately and overwhelmingly by 30 states. Hillary lost, due to the fact she only won the affections of 20 states.

John White 
Rockwall, Texas

References:

1.The US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, the electoral process by which the president and vice president are chosen.

2. The US Constitution: Amendments 11-27 | Amendment XII (12) changed the process for choosing vice presidents

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