Depending on whether you end up reading a section that will not apply to all readers of this post, the text here is only about 400-700 words [about the length of a typical newspaper editorial], but according to the old adage “one picture is worth a thousand words”, two pictures [actually one diagram and one U. S. map] make it equivalent to about 2,400 to 2,700 words [about the length of a comprehensive newspaper cover story]. Enjoy! …
Regarding the diagram, I honestly believe that if every person who could potentially be eligible to vote in 2018, and particularly in 2020, would view it and conduct himself/herself accordingly between now and 2018 [and particularly 2020], many of this country’s problems would be greatly diminished if not completely eliminated because the result would be that 1) every resident who could potentially vote would do so, 2) nobody would vote more than once in a single election, 3) no ballots would be cast by dead or otherwise ineligible people, and 4) every resident would be a more active participant in our process for identifying candidates for office [perhaps including themselves] and gaining support for election of those candidates.
So to that end, please share this with everybody you know — on FaceBook and Twitter, through email lists, etc. Think about it … you could be a part of getting America back onto a more sustainable path!
The brief remainder of this post assumes that the reader has viewed the diagram. All diagram viewers will be referred to Referenced Paragraph 2 at the end of its “flow”; some will also be referred to Referenced Paragraph 1 — so first, please view the diagram at this link: Post-Election Guide For U.S. Residents.
Referenced Section 1
[NOTE: This section will only be meaningful to a person who has viewed the diagram (above link) and been referred here from there]
You were referred to this section because you said you are either openly gloating over the election outcome or protesting against it, and that directed you to the diagram block at the left. If you are engaged in either of these activities, please stop immediately! What you are doing is not only unproductive and disruptive, it is actually counterproductive — working against the effective functioning of our government. Whether the candidate who won the election won it through the Electoral College or the popular vote, or both, doesn’t matter “at this point”, as Hillary Clinton would say. The Electoral College exists for the very purpose of ensuring that the votes of all Americans carry at least some weight. Like it or not, it is what it is. Americans who think the election system should change need to move on “at this point” by 1) supporting their new duly-elected President and 2) engaging in legal and constructive ways to gain enough support to change the system to their liking.
One final picture for anyone who is protesting with “Not My President” or “Trump Lost the Popular Vote”. The county-level map below shows that the counties in America voted overwhelmingly [98.2%] for Trump [more justification for the underlying purpose of the Electoral College]. Just think of the county in which you live. The environment there is what impacts your life most on a day-to-day basis. … And one word [OK, sentence] of advice: be careful what you advocate; you may get it [or put in the form of a question, if the result had been the opposite — Clinton won the election via an Electoral College margin of 15.4%, but Trump won the popular vote by a margin of 1.0% — would you still be saying the system is bad?].
County-level 2016 election results map [red Republican/Trump, blue Democrat/Clinton]:
Referenced Section 2
[NOTE: This section will only be meaningful to a person who has viewed the diagram (above link) and been referred here in the box shown at left]
Everybody following the diagram was ultimately referred to this section because it applies to everybody, regardless of their attitude about the election outcome [all paths in the diagram lead to this point, the diagram block at the left]. Because we are so divided ideologically [as the campaign just ended clearly showed], our election system will always result in approximately half our citizens being happy with an election outcome and half being unhappy with it. That is exactly why we have specific terms for elected officials, and why both the lengths and end points of those terms vary. The time between term expirations for various offices is when we should move on, working in legal and constructive ways with like-minded people in our individual “happy or sad camps” to identify candidates for future elections and develop plans to gain support for them.
So there you have it — and you heard it first right here at www.USAparadigm.com. Please share this with everybody you know — on FaceBook and Twitter, through email lists, etc. Think about it … you could be a part of getting America back onto a more sustainable path!
Charles M. Jones