Election 2016

It’s “Come to Jesus” Day for Electoral Voters, Monday 19 December 2016

Jesus, or the other guy.

From Quora – What is a “Come to Jesus” moment? What does this refer to? Best answer I agree with…

Mac Gander

Mac Gander, Writer and teacher [works at Newsweek].

  • This bit of slang or idiom basically means a moment when one has to face the facts or comes to terms with reality, generally a reality that one has been avoiding. Like realizing you have maxed out your credit cards and can’t keep on spending, or that the Iraq War was a dreadful mistake in judgment.
  • I don’t know the source of the phrase–it was not around when I was younger, but I’ve been hearing it for about a decade now. The obvious metaphor in it is to “get religion” in the collquial rather than literal sense–to realize the error of one’s ways.


From news sources via my Twitter tweets…

Long ago. during school years, nothing was ever mentioned in government and history classes about the so-called Electoral College – electoral voting – electoral voters, and how all that functions. I didn’t find out about it until adult years during one of the presidential elections. Not until this election, 2016, did I ever hear the electoral vote does not count until they actually vote on the selected date – today.

It is important to be able to make an informed decision, but when important information is withheld it is harder to make the right decision. I suspect education is less now than it was in my time. It would not be politically correct to bore to death students, so let’s not burden them with such details [therein the devil we know all to well]. Also lacking from our education system – schools and what parents should be teaching their children – is common sense, and the ability to sense the truth.

The following paragraphs have been excerpted from the 1986 Baen Book printing of Robert A. Heinlein’s novel titled “Revolt in 2100” –from the story titled “If This Goes On—”:

  • Successful revolution is big business – make no mistake about that. In a modern, complex, and highly industrialized state, revolution is not accomplished by a handful of conspirators whispering around a guttering candle in a deserted ruin. It requires countless personnel, supplies, modern machinery and modern weapons. And to handle these factors successfully there must be loyalty, secrecy, and superlative organization.
  • I was kept busy but my work was fill-in work, since I was awaiting assignment. I had time to dig into the library and I looked up Tom Paine, which led me to Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson and others – a whole new world was opened up to me. I had trouble at first in admitting the possibility of what I read; I think perhaps  of all things a police state  can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious. For example, I learned for the first time that the United States had not been ruled by a bloodthirsty emissary of Satan before the First Prophet arose in his wrath and cast him out – but had been a community of free men deciding their own affairs by peaceful consent. I don’t mean that the first republic had been a scriptural paradise, but it hadn’t been anything like what I had learned in school.
  • For the first time in my life I was reading things which had not been approved by the Prophet’s censors, and the impact on my mind was devastating. Sometimes I would glance over my shoulder to see who was watching me, frightened in spit of myself. I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy . . . censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
  • My thoughts did not then fall into syllogisms; my head was filled with an inchoate spate of new ideas, each more exciting than the last. I discovered that travel between the planets, almost a myth in my world, had not stopped because the First Prophet had forbidden it as a sin against the omnipotence of God; it had ceased because it had gone into the red financially and the Prophet’s government would not subsidize it. There was even an implied statement that the “infidels” (I still used that word in my mind) still sent out an occasional research ship and that there were human beings even now on Mars and Venus.
  • Maybe someday the United States would have space ships again.

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell.

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Mark Twain.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)…

  • Chancellor Gorkon: “You don’t trust me, do you? I don’t blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.”
  • Captain James T. Kirk: “It’s about the future, Madame Chancellor. Some people think the future means the end of history. Well, we haven’t run out of history quite yet. Your father called the future – the undiscovered country. People can be very frightened of change.”

“The undiscovered country” is indeed from Hamlet’s famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy. Hamlet, however, uses it not to refer to the future but rather to refer to the afterlife, the terrifying mystery of what lies beyond death. It’s something to fear, not something to toast.

538 Electors to vote throughout today at different times across all 50 states today. 37 Republican electors will have to reject Trump to drop him below the 270 required. Then what happens?

Regarding U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1, clause 3 – to – The Twelfth Amendment:

The Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on June 15, 1804 as a result of the two previous disastrous elections of 1796 and 1800. This amendment addressed a problem that existed in the original language of the Constitution regarding protocol for electing the President and Vice-president. It also revised the procedures by which the Electoral College operated…

  • The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.
  • The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.
  • The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.
  • The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

“O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant.” Or is it the faithful are joyful with Trump? Just in time, 5 days until Christmas…

The gift from the GOP Santa takes office 20 January 2017 – countdown from date of this posting: 31 days.

UPDATE 5:30pm CT – Texas electors put Trump over the required 270 electoral votes. To be certified on 6 January 2017.

Presented by Jim Lantern in Norman, Oklahoma
Monday morning, 19 December 2016

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