So help us God

“Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.” —President Gerald Ford, in his inauguration speech. August 9th, 1974. On Friday, a mentally unhinged narcissist will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. This will happen. I will not watch it. I refuse to do so. I take no pride in my country of birth, claim no allegiance to the U.S Constitution for allowing this madman to attain power through its edicts; and I consider this charlatan…

The wisdom of the Electoral College

Prior to this year’s presidential election, four times in our history has a candidate become president without winning the popular vote. In 1824, John Quincy Adams lost both the popular vote and the electoral vote to Andrew Jackson. But Jackson fell short of the electoral votes needed that year to claim the presidency. That election fell to the House of Representatives to decide and it chose Adams. I’ll come back to this example in a minute. In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes won the electoral vote, by one vote, but lost…

Electoral College vs. popular vote in presidential elections

We’ve had 58 presidential elections, one every four years since 1788. Twice the president was selected by Congress when no one succeeded in getting a majority of electoral votes. In both instances, Congress gave the presidency to the candidate who came in second in the popular vote. 1824’s John Quincy Adams only won 30.9% of the popular vote among four candidates. The other was 1876’s Rutherford B. Hayes, who won 47.9% of the popular vote and vowed to only serve one term. Three other times a candidate has won the…

A brief overview of political parties in presidential elections

1788 George Washington (Independent) Unopposed 1792 George Washington (Federalist) Unopposed Washington refused to run for a third term, a tradition honored by his successors for almost 150 years until FDR ran for a third term in 1940. 1796 John Adams (F) Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) 1800 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) John Adams (F) 1804 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1808 James Madison (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1812 James Madison (D-R) DeWitt Clinton (D-R) Unable to agree on a candidate, the Federalists decided to endorse Clinton. 1816 James Monroe (D-R) Rufus King…