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Trying to follow all the Presidential candidates a year ago was a challenge; but, eventually, the herd was thinned by the voters as both Democrat and GOP contenders were weeded out by the voters during the Primary, leaving us with Hillary and Donald. And, then there were the "Also Rans", the usual suspects running on the outside track like Gary Johnson [Libertarian Party], Jill Stein [Green Party], Darrell Castle [Constitution Party], Evan McMullin [Independent], Gloria LaRiva [Party of Socialism and Liberation], and a dozen others of minimal visibility.
So, traditionally, even though the Presidential Race often has more than a dozen candidates, the final selection usually narrows down to two principal candidates, and one or two viable Third Party candidates, whose role is to disrupt the basic election by taking away votes from one of the leading candidates, opening opportunities for Third Party visibility and, horse trading behind the scenes to trade support for future leverage by the maverick.
Evan McMullin succeeded in disgracing the Mormon religion and the state of Utah by running against Trump, with Romney playing the Mormon card and insisting that all Mormons vote for the Mormon candidate
(ignoring the Separation of Church and State clause in the Constitution).
Interestingly, Utah [the Mormon state] gave Trump both the overwhelming popular vote and all six of its Electoral Votes, reaffirming our trust in the Mormons we know and like.
So, in the 2016 Presidential Race, only Jill Stein and Gary Johnson garnered enough votes to make a difference. Stein received 1% of the national popular vote, and no Electoral Votes. She was criticized as a crooked politician when it was revealed her stock portfolio included the very industries which she criticized in her campaign.
Post election activities by Stein include her current campaign demanding "recounts" in the critical states in which Trump's popular vote overwhelmingly led to his victory, complete with Electoral votes. Stein insists that the $6 million she has collected for the recount will be distributed to the Green Party after paying for the recounts -- but, wags claim that money will be headed into her personal bank account.
Meanwhile, the recount results must be filed by the federal deadline of 13 December. If a state begins the process of an official recount and misses that deadline, there is a risk of not having their Electoral Votes count.
Stein is currently suing the state of Wisconsin to demand a hand-count of all the ballots; Wisconsin advised her that they had no intention of wasting their taxpayers' money to performa a hand-count for her ego stroking, but they would perform an electronic recount; they anticipate no significant change in the results.
Pennsylvania, where Trump won the popular vote by 70,000 ballots, essentially told Jill to Pound Sand since she missed the 21 November deadline to demand a recount; so now, she's suing Pennsylvania; but, the Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, advises that there is
"...no proof of fraud" -- the requirement for such a lawsuit.
That leaves Michigan, where the recount is automatic if the margin of votes is fewer than 2,000 votes; but, that recount will cost Michigan taxpayers about $2 million - over and above the $790,000 Stein must cough up to cover the recount cost [Michigan is on the verge of bankruptcy, so this is not a pleasant prospect]. However, the official tally just released by Michigan gave Trump a margin of 10,704 votes out of a total of 4.8 million votes cast.
The deadline for Stein to file for a recount is 2:06 PM, 30 November 2016.
[By the time you read this, that deadline will have passed]
Interestingly, Stein received a total of 51,463 votes in Michigan, which, had they gone to Hillary, would have given her the Electoral Votes to win. Unfortunately, those voters wanted none of Hillary and would likely have not voted at all had Stein not been in the race.
At this point, Stein would need all three states to reverse their Electoral Votes to change the election; Pennsylvania has effectively blocked Stein's recount there, so there should be no point in proceeding in this process other than for Stein to continue collecting donations via her websites and on Facebook.
Stein insists that she is not necessarily interested in reversing the election, but rather, according to her:
"...this is not likely to change the outcome, according to experts.
It's the voters who benefit by standing up and saying
we deserve a voting system that is secure in which
we know our votes are being counted and
our votes are being respected."
|Registered Voter Photo ID, Purple Ink|
But wait, aren't we the ones who instituted those requirements in the countries we are assisting? Might we try following the same procedures we demand be used in the countries we sponsor?
We'll cast aside the morality and ideals which Stein is espousing here; all terrorists start out as political idealists, but inevitably create chaos in their efforts to right the wrongs of the universe. For the moment, let's look at this process from another perspective; i.e., the Constitution.
What we have here is still another gambit by the massive legal team employed by the incumbent Administration and the DNC, which has spent the last eight years examining the Constitution for every loophole missed by the Founding Fathers -- who, overall, did an excellent job of creating an ironclad document to guide the governance of the United States in perpetuity.
The Constitution was constructed to include the Electoral College so that a few major cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and New York could not control the national elections via their overwhelmingly huge vote, discounting the votes of states like Delaware, Vermont, and New Hampshire. As the Nation expanded to today's elections, it's obvious that the popular vote of states like New York, California, Illinois, Florida, and Texas, with a population of 120 million [roughly a third of the entire US population] could control the national election. Campaigning in only eight of the most populous states would assure a win in almost every election.
With Stein's money-grabbing campaign for "recounts", we enter that Slippery Slope our lawyers are so fond of referencing.
Thus, Jill Stein would become the first successful Political Terrorist, with the accomplishment of destroying the US Presidential Election system, which would be neutered due to her efforts.
Jill could ensure that this Presidential Election would be our last.
1) We agree with Stein that our Presidential Election system needs to be made more efficient and less corrupt. We would highly encourage Congress to set some apolitical deep thinkers to review the existing system and to eliminate those loopholes which Stein [and Soros] have exploited.
2) We note that Michael Ostrolenk is attempting to bring together the best minds in the IT world to find a way to make our voting machines and process hack-proof.
We look forward to his success in this effort as it would remedy the destructive process of Jill Stein's "recount" campaign.