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May 11, 2017


Some are calling Trump’s firing of Comey the Tuesday Night Massacre. I disagree. I think the Tuesday Night Massacre occurred on the second Tuesday night of last November when Trump eked out an electoral vote while losing by millions in the popular vote, thus becoming president not by the will of the people but by reason of an arcane rule in our Constitution, a rule badly in need of removal if we are to follow one of the bulwarks of our democracy, i.e., election by consent of the governed via majority rule.

Our federal senators and representatives are elected by majority rule (although badly gerrymandered in the House which in truth sometimes yields minority rule), so why are the president and vice president sometimes elected by minority vote? How does that square with the Constitution? Is the Constitution in this connection itself unconstitutional as applied? Should the Constitution be amended so as to rid ourselves of the electoral college, and while we are at it, gerrymandering as currently practiced? The whole idea undergirding our electoral system is that those who govern us do so by the consent of the governed. We did not consent to be governed by Trump. He was elected by geography and not the vote. It wasn’t even close. People should elect presidents; not artificial political boundaries.

Much of the current chaos (an ex-national security director in the pocket of the Kremlin, a firing of the top cop, an admitted Leninist adviser etc.) can be traced not only to the inexperience and narcissism of a disturbed man at the helm but to the fundamental objection that we are being ruled by a minority candidate who does not come anywhere near representing the will of the governed. Even with such a flawed system that gave us this anti-democratic anomaly, it is possible under the best of circumstances that such a minority president could fairly represent all of the people if he or she were to consider that those officially out of power nevertheless constitute the majority and that their wants and needs should be fairly considered in matters of policy. That is not happening.

Unfortunately, and even with a tainted presidency by reason of Russian assistance and other such chicanery along with a tainted election in the House due to gerrymandering as well as state-sponsored vote suppression efforts, those currently in power simply say “We won, you lost. Get over it.” I beg to differ. Decency and fair play require that when you win by fraud, you lost; when you suppress the vote of those to be governed, you lost; and when the popular vote results in a win for your opponent, you lost. By my standards and as measured by the guideposts of democracy (that were trashed by Republicans in the last election), geography won. We the people did not lose, but were counted out as a matter of geography, and like a man who was robbed on his way to the bank, I will not get over it, especially on the advice of those who robbed me. I will rather seek redress for this public offense and resist the robber’s attempts to placate me with “let’s all get along” entreaties.

I have no plans to “get along” with those who robbed me and my fellow citizens of our right to be represented and I do not “consent to be governed” by those who practiced fraudulent means of attaining such power to govern, whatever the electoral college results. I join many in this post-election morass who will not be party to fraud or its validation by succumbing to and participating in its effects. Rather it is clear to me that those who gained power by fraud should be dispossessed of such power. Think impeachment and indictment.

My point in this essay is to suggest to the reader that it is not only what the current leadership is or is not doing in running the ship of state which explains the continuing resistance to Trump’s agenda and that of a cowed Congress; that rather there is a fundamental sense among the majority of Americans that their interests are not being represented. Americans have resented minority rule since we revolted against the British dictator King George, and I agree with them.      GERALD       E


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