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.

Michael Russnow’s website is www.ramproductionsinternational.com

Check out Russnow’s novel, Hollywood on the Danube on all Amazon sites and Kindle

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Comment by koshersalaami on June 4, 2017 at 2:21pm

Michael,

I get the distinct impression you don't understand the nature of where you are. The difference between Our Salon and HuffPo, aside obviously from scope, is that HuffPo is an online newspaper with an active Letters to the Editor section in real time while this is a blogging community. Pretty much everyone who comments here posts. There are a few pros here, but they sometimes get zero traffic, and that's because they're not in the habit of reciprocating, of getting involved here, so if someone doesn't find their post compelling that day they feel no obligation to comment or rate. Because this is a community, tangential conversations happen here. It's the nature of the site. 

We have bloggers who can think here and bloggers who can write. Not all, but a lot of us. Your analysis is good, but certainly not miles above everything else here, professional or not. 

I took a look at your commenting history. I hadn't seen you around but that doesn't mean anything. What your history told me is that in five years of being a member, you have apparently never left a comment on anyone else's blog. That won't get you a loyal audience and it certainly won't get you supporters. 

The way this place works is that if you expect frequent support you have to be a supporter. Sorry you haven't caught on. 

Comment by Michael Russnow on June 4, 2017 at 2:31pm

Well, in light of your enlightenment, Token, I will only say this. If you'd actually read my article you would have seen the reference to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, started ten years or so ago, wherein states (all of which control the dissemination of their electoral votes) might decide to give its votes to whomever wins the national popular vote. Ten states, plus DC have already signed on, with 165 electoral votes. It takes enough states to effect a winner (270) to finally ultimately hold forth. In this manner, the Electoral College might be circumvented.

And re your comments on your "hijack" of my article, I deleted your comment after I replied, and you replied with what I determined was a reply that didn't acknowledge what I said. By saying I deleted it without replying is simply untrue. Plus, I am not happy that you have stolen the title.

Comment by Michael Russnow on June 4, 2017 at 2:46pm

Thanks Koshersalami, but I wasn't complaining about comments and support, just that it was intriguing with all the back and forth there were only two likes.  It was meant to be ironic.  I have repeated my HuffPost articles in attempt to gain a wider audience, but I sense that the readership on this site is not too large. So, in conclusion I wasn't looking for loyalty, per se, though I'd hoped that people who commented might do so intelligently (as some have, whereas others not so much) and deal with what I wrote, the basic tenets, etc., rather than ignoring it to promote his/her own agenda. Good luck to you all.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 4, 2017 at 3:01pm

Hey, I recently wrote a post with a hundred comments and zero likes, and a lot of people actually like me here. You earn what you earn and you live with it. Likes are more likely on personal posts than political ones. 

By the way, why would you answer a comment in detail and then delete it? It makes the thread confusing - later readers can't tell what you answered. 

Oh, that's "salaami." My name is a pun, not a piece of meat. 

Comment by Token on June 4, 2017 at 3:03pm

Stolen your title? fair use commentary, Mike. ... and as to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact ? I'll believe it when I see it, it's kinda stalled in there somewhere around the ERA. Also a real good chance that the Supremes would find it unconstitutional. 

Good luck with the Huffpo

Comment by Phyllis on June 4, 2017 at 4:22pm

I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but you should know that this comment thread means you're a hit on this site. They don't pile on like this for just anyone. It would be nice if you kept writing here, maybe you wouldn't want to share your HuffPo anymore but you could come here for discussions. And many perspectives. :)

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 5, 2017 at 8:30am

I like K-Salaam. A lot. I like Token too. And, I like your post, Michael.

What I don't like is what Huffington (AOL!) has become. Time magazine + USA Today for bourgies.

That's sad because it had a good start and might have been an International Berkeley Barb, but instead is simply a 7-11 for the words of those talking down to the Hoi Polloi and thus continuing the cycle.

Oh, and Tulsi's a Fake- watch out for her. Hey, there's a Trump style tweet in here ... haven't logged onto my Twitter account for a while!

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