Now That Trump’s Trashed The Paris Climate Accord: Isn’t This Enough To Discuss Changing The Presidential Election System?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When will our reasonable leaders, progressive and moderate ― even clearheaded conservatives ― come to grips with the reality that we have an unelected, dysfunctional president, selected by an archaic, outmoded Electoral College that must be abolished or circumvented?

When are reasonable commentators, progressive and moderate ― and even clearheaded conservatives ― going to stop using the excuse “Well, the people elected Trump” in response to the damage he continues to do?

Forget lawsuits and investigations for the moment. Even if his campaign and administration were legally pristine, the policies and appointees (including a supreme court justice) coming forth from this White House and the man I call Trump the Pretender, were NOT endorsed by most people, in spite of what commentators and political leaders continue to say.

Yes, assuming he survives the investigations underway in congress and the criminal inquest by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he ascended to the presidency in a legal manner, not by popular choice, but only thanks to narrow-minded and bigoted philosophies held by short-sighted founding fathers who forged the Electoral College. They counted Negroes as 3/5 of a man, denied women and non-property holding white men the vote. Over time, these inequities and wrongful decisions were eventually rectified by constitutional amendments, legislation and court decisions. Our nation similarly evolved, at least legally, past prejudice against black men and women, mandating that schools be integrated. It also turned a corner on the substandard manner we treated gay men and women. They now have full citizenship, allowing us to gain their expertise and courage in the military and are permitted to marry their loved ones.

Yet, because the Electoral College is still part of our system, no matter what he says or does, Trump the Pretender’s actions continue to be justified, almost helplessly, by leaders and commentators who otherwise decry his statements and policies, with the rationale that the people elected him, implying the people approved of what he wanted to do.

The people did NOT choose him. Hillary Clinton received close to 3,000,000 more votes than the man currently in the White House. What does that say? It says 3,000,000 more American citizens did NOT want the policies or political sensibilities of the men and women he’s appointing, so why can’t our political leaders and major commentators at the very least in the midst of their analysis of his presidency stop using the argument that the people voted for Trump, that whatever Trump is doing, the people elected him.

The Electoral College selected him.

Why can’t our leaders and reasonable commentators get their heads out of the sand and discuss whether, in light of everything that’s happened, most recently his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, in spite of his Secretaries of State, Defense, Energy and daughter Ivanka urging him to stay in, the time might be perfect to debate changing our presidential election system to popular vote.

Why didn’t they counter Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore’s outrageous claim on CNN that Trump’s Paris pull-out was his grateful acknowledgment of “an almost national referendum on this....voters voted against it.”

Except, almost 3,000,000 more voters voted for the Accord, yet NO ONE on the panel, including David Gergen and Robert Reich, called him on it.

Why do they just accept this relic of 230 years ago as inviolate, that it can’t be changed, even as so many injustices have been eliminated? Why do they accept the notion that it’s okay for geographically large areas with small populations to have a disproportionate advantage over states with large groups of citizens, that it’s okay to cast aspersion on cities with large numbers, apparently favoring the views of those in small states? That it’s all right Americans are treated differently depending upon where they live, and that they’re more American in the South and Midwest than those on the coastline? That it’s fair for minority views on national issues to trump differing opinions held by more people.

We have to stop this outrage, and Trump the Pretender should make it easier for us to do that, by holding rallies and demonstrations to get legislators and governors in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania to join ten states and D.C. which already ratified the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It awards each state’s electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.

I’ve written to all the Democratic Senators and some fair-minded Republicans through their press/communication representatives, presuming the message would go through easier, urging their bosses to speak up and increase the volume for a cause that, with everything else going on, has been quiescent. I’ve heard back from quite a number of them and will continue to press the issue.

It’s not easy to pass a constitutional amendment, but this Compact can make it happen, since states control the methodology of their electoral votes.

We have to drum it into everyone’s head over and over again, just as surely as supporters of school integration, women’s suffrage and gay rights have done. But it cannot be done effectively without support from our political leaders and at least acknowledged as something to consider by TV journalists like Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, Lester Holt, Andrea Mitchell, Dana Bash, David Muir and others, including editors of newspapers, magazines and online groups. By remaining silent they are complicitly endorsing a system that is undemocratic and unjust, which must be eradicated.

Write your representatives to change our presidential election system to popular vote by whatever means is reasonable, one that will take effect as quickly as possible.

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Comment by Maui Surfer on June 4, 2017 at 7:42am

OK, here we go- Gabbard's entire time on this planet has been financed by a cult ring which has over a half century of drug smuggling through India and Afghanistan behind it. Jimi Hendrix was once faked into it, the FBI on its tail since the 60s. The link I posted is written by someone who knows what he knows from observation, but is too young to have all the info- this is drug dealing, Mafia type stuff, and secrecy of course was job 1 and remains so. The numbers don't lie, and now they translate directly into current campaign donations, with the idea that some freaks in Hawaii are so connected to, and dedicated towards, events in India that it looks from a distance like total science fiction. Sadly, it is not.

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 4, 2017 at 7:44am

How do unemployed people live in Lanikai, one of the nation's most expensive neighborhoods where a house can easily sell for 20-30 million dollars? As the FBI calls it, "no visible means of support"

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 4, 2017 at 7:49am

Ha! I imagine you all are thinking Doc Vega's got a hold of my comments! Yes, truth can be stranger than fiction as it truly is here.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 4, 2017 at 7:53am

And, believe or not, this account is not even close to a deep dive:

Read it and weep, if you mistakenly thought she was by your side. E tu Brutus?


Yeah, Maui Faker...  an opinion piece by a white Tea Party supporting, ultra right-wing guy from DETROIT slamming someone who donated to Gabbard's campaign, but has no other connection, certainly reflects the thinking of all "REAL HAWAIIANS".  Dude, you are TOO funny!!!!

P.S.  Even his fellow Republicans thinks this buffoon is an embarrassment...  Great source you got there!  LOL

“He is a hack,” said Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter, who has also been involved with the local GOP, helped found the Grassroot Institute and whose articles she says Walden reprints without permission. “There are lots of factual errors and he is just an embarassment for the Republican Party and the Grassroot Institute.”

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 4, 2017 at 7:57am

BTW, KS...  I answered your question a couple of comments ago, before MF started on his fantasy babbling.

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 4, 2017 at 8:00am

Yawn. Yeah, you know all this first hand from you long years on the beach, hey wait, that's what I do!

Yeah, coming from a real Palestinian that is good stuff indeed. and the Hawaii GOP, well, to even use them as an example shows the entirety of your ignorance. Keep it up though, you too, like the fundies, can always vote against your own interest to sooth your own ego.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 4, 2017 at 8:18am

Sorry, my comment missed some of yours, such as the fact that Amy already answered my question. It takes me a while to organize thoughts.


What evidence do we have of Tulsi's cult connections affecting her actions as a legislator? And I don't mean the Foreign Policy of India bullshit. That's exactly the sort of thing Amy throws at me about Israel for being a Jew, and exactly what was thrown at Obama about Kenya, even though he has thirteen ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, plus accusing an American combat veteran of favoring a foreign government is below the belt, which has been done a lot to American Muslims and which your link did to Gabbard. She earned the assumption of loyalty to the United States. 

For what it's worth, I don't think Amy's questioning your background has a point. I've been in eighteen foreign countries, though a couple are tiny, and that's relevant to nothing. For one thing, if you weren't Hawaiian you'd have very little reason to have it in for Gabbard. Maybe I'm naive, but I don't tend to question identities here because I don't need to - you can either hold your own here or you can't, and the way anyone thinks, argues, and presents is the way I evaluate anyone. 

And for God's sake, Amy, if you're going to complain about using guilt by association as an arguing tactic......Let's just say a little introspection is in order here. Though in this application I happen to agree with you, so far. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 4, 2017 at 8:50am

Kosh- I totally understand your logical arguments, and would never question the empirical way you have of researching things. But, the world is a strange strange place full of contradictions. Since you're right, me and many others hate the Gabbards like there is no tomorrow, I'll go ahead and give you a timeline, you can evaluate it any way you want and remember my own ties to the Obama's and my constant 8 years of outrage regarding the lies told about him which, in fact, resulted in the tragedy now officially ensconced in DC.

Here's what happened, take it or leave it:

Ever see Endless Summer, the original mainstream surfing movie? Most Americans around our, or my anyway, age have viewed it at one time or another. So, one of the co-stars is Mike Hynson, at one time perhaps the world's top surfer, though, like tennis, that is a fleeting title though Kelly Slater somehow stayed at the top longer than any other, call him the Martina Navritolova of the sport.

Anyways, Mike, who once he found drugs dedicated his life to them in a fashion few can match, Keith Richards type stuff, well, Mike and some others who got paid to travel the world surfing, good work if you can get it, realized first that you could cut open a surfboard and stuff it with heroin, then, in a pre-drug dog world, ship it to LA and make massive amounts of cash. Seeing this, they then realized you could go to Germany, by a brand new VW van, drive it to Asia, then hollow it out and ship it to NYC. Repeat process. The problem? how to launder the cash. Enter the Hare Krishna cult.

The Orange County Surfing scene in the 60s centered around the area from Dana Point to Huntington Beach. Right smack in the middle is the paradise of Laguna. Mike, having spent so much time in India, and others who I will not name here by name (Mike, following prison, has come clean so I go ahead and list him by name) but who formed a surfing drug gang called The Brothers which accomplished things that seem impossible. They produced a Hollywood film starring Jimi Hendrix, who they pulled into their activities, easily done as he so loved his drugs. What's less known is that Maui was the last place Hendrix hung out before his tragic demise. And, to launder their $, they became closely tied with INDIA, yes, the country of India and the Hare Krishnas in particular. This is not at all crazy, where else would you buy massive amounts of hashish on the cheap? To keep up the false front, they began the practice which the Gabbard's continue today. They opened a 'health food' chain of restaurants which were, as the surfing community is big on health, a yuge success and remain so even now.

However, the FBI was onto them, but, like the Mafia, they were extremely difficult to penetrate. Donnie Brasco type stuff went on, and if you watch the film Rainbow Bridge starring Hendrix you will inadvertently be watching FBI agents at work on the job.

As large amounts of cash and manipulative personalities often do, this gained momentum over time and many properties, expensive beach-fronts mostly, were purchased and turned into Krishna communes where even some of the poor brainwashed devotees actually believed in their leaders, drug dealers all.

It continues on and, eventually, little Tulsi is born into the cult. She grows up with a psychotic father, and yes, I think she shares some of his traits, dishonesty for one, manipulation for another. Daddy is a closet case, a real freak, and he and the other leaders begin an anti-gay campaign as virulent as any seen anywhere, Taliban type stuff. He rails like a rabid foaming dog on a weekly Hawaii based cable TV program, but, one wonders how much of that was his closeted guilt, and how much was simply a distraction, Trump style, from what was actually going on.

Now, are they still doing all this? No, the FBI eventually shut the drug side down, I mean to the best or our local knowledge, but, the infrastructure, communes, media (yes, like the Moonies they bought a newspaper to influence fools) restaurants, grocery stores and more still exist and that's how they live quite well on meager Gub'mint salaries.

I'm leaving a lot out, there's a whole book here for sure, but, say and think what you want. I was there and saw it all first hand.

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 4, 2017 at 9:06am

as to the electoral college...i'll believe a person's desire for change is true when it's as strong.....after they 'win'...

Comment by koshersalaami on June 4, 2017 at 9:51am




This is good stuff and I'll look up the Hendrix movie, and you're right there's a book here and maybe a movie, but in this case we need to bring it back to Tulsi herself. If she shares traits with her father, give us examples, preferably recent ones. The way we normally judge politicians is by watching their lip service vs. their actions. Tulsi's voting record doesn't look like lip service so far. I'm open to being persuaded but I have to be persuaded about her, not her father, and about how her upbringing had an obvious adverse effect on her as a legislator. 


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