The players on Team Democrat don't understand what game they're trying to win
Dr. G.S. Potter | Contributing Editor
Democrats: you have one job. Stop fucking it up.
The players on Team Democrat are showing up to basketball games in hockey gear. They are going bowling with tennis balls. They are wearing boxing gloves to thumb wrestling matches. And if they don’t get it together and not only show up to the court where the competition for the White House is actually played, and start playing to win, Republicans are certain to control the White House for the next four years.
It’s as simple as that.
The Democratic Party and the people that play for them don’t seem to know what game they are trying to win. They don’t even seem to know what sport they are playing. And if they don’t get it together quick and start competing on the right field - in the right game, in the right sport - we’re all going to lose 2020. Really bad.
Possibly the worst ever.
Picking Presidents Back In The Day
Here’s the deal. Most folks think that on election day, voters go to the polls to elect a president. That’s just not true. In fact, the people of the United States don’t vote for a President or a Vice President at all. They vote for a Party.
In the earliest days of the United States, sure: White property owners would kind of cast ballots for a President and a Vice President. During those times, Presidential elections were held in a manner by which a bunch of candidates would run to occupy the executive branch as either President or Vice President. The White dude with the most votes would win the Office of the Presidency. The White dude that got the second most votes became the Vice President. It didn’t matter if they were from the same party or not. In fact, before 1804, the President and the Vice President could be elected from different parties entirely.
Then everything changed.
After a couple of hotly contested elections, the White power(s) that be decided that voting for people wasn’t working. So they changed the system to ensure that the Executive Branch would be controlled by one party, and never by two people.
Let me repeat that: The Election System in the United States was changed so that the Executive Branch would be the only branch of government controlled entirely by the will of one party – not the will of the people. Not even the will of officials elected by the people. It is the Party that chooses the President.
Voting For Parties
Don’t believe me? I submit Plantiff Exhibit A: The Electoral College.
On Election Day you might cast a vote for a candidate, but as we’ve seen far too many times in recent history, you don’t have to win the popular vote to win the election. You can literally lose the popular vote by millions and still take full control of the White House. Why? The Electoral College.
You might check the name of a candidate when you cast your vote, but you aren’t actually voting for a candidate. Again, it is not the candidate that wins the most votes that wins the seats for President and Vice President. Voters are voting for a handful of electors. These electors – 538 total currently – are who voters are voting for.
It would be more appropriate to list their names on the ballot come election day than it would be to put the names of the actual Presidential candidates next to the checkbox. Alas, transparency isn’t necessarily the hallmark of elections in the United States. Electors seem to have more protection over their identities than government whistleblowers.
Still, voters aren’t casting a ballot for President or for Vice President. They are casting a ballot for a handful of Party chosen electors to cast their ballots for them.
The “Faithless Elector” Issue
The number of electors and the number of ballots cast is based on population and differs from state to state. For example, the number of electors each state receives is designated by Census population counts. The larger your population, the more electors your state receives. See the number of electors by state below as noted by the National Archives …
California has 55 electors. Pennsylvania has 20 electors. It is the electors that choose the President. Not the people.
And these electors aren’t required to vote according to the will of the people.
For example, in 2016, one of the electors in Colorado voted against the will of the people as indicated by the popular vote. The state negated that elector’s vote, arguing that it was invalid because it was not aligned with the popular vote. The Supreme Court is currently deliberating on whether the Constitution permits an elector from the electoral college to vote for whomever they want – regardless of the will of the people. This was prompted by a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that ruled the state of Colorado was wrong for canceling the vote of a “faithless elector” known as Democrat Michael Baca. Instead of writing in his party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, Baca wrote in Ohio Governor-at-the-time John Kasich, despite Clinton winning Colorado’s popular vote and being able to earn all 9 electoral college votes. Colorado replaced Baca with another elector, nullifying Baca’s vote pursuant to its own state code Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1 Elections § 1-4-304 Presidential electors
(5) Each presidential elector shall vote for the presidential candidate and, by separate ballot, vice-presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes at the preceding general election in this state.
Still, a three-judge (split over the decision) 10th Circuit panel in Denver wrote in its majority opinion that …
The text of the Constitution makes clear that states do not have the constitutional authority to interfere with presidential electors who exercise their constitutional right to vote for the president and vice president candidates of their choice.
SCOTUS has never ruled on this question. On the state level, according to FairVote …
There are 32 states (plus the District of Columbia) that require electors to vote for a pledged candidate. Most of those states (19 plus DC) nonetheless do not provide for any penalty or any mechanism to prevent the deviant vote from counting as cast. Four states provide a penalty of some sort for a deviant vote, and 11 states provide for the vote to be canceled and the elector replaced (two states do both).
The Uniform Law Commission has drafted and recommended a law called the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act that provides for electors to pledge to vote for a candidate, and for them to be replaced with an alternate in the event that they do not vote as pledged. As of October 2019, that Act has been adopted by Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington.
Here’s a breakdown of “faithless elector” laws by state …
The Party Choice
So, like it or not, on Election Day, votes are not really cast for an individual. Or two individuals (one for President and one for Vice President). Votes are cast for a slew of electors chosen by a particular Party. That might sound more complicated than it should be. And it probably is. But that’s the game we’re playing.
And we can complain about that all we want, but that’s not going to win us the game. Playing the game and dominating it: that’s what will win the White House. And if we dominated the game hard enough, we can put ourselves in a position to change the game or leave it just as is.
For now, though, winning the hearts and minds of the public doesn’t win the White House. Having the strongest debate points and securing the most social media followers won’t win the White House. Having the best polling numbers and even winning the popular vote won’t win the White House. What wins the White House is a combination of Party loyalty and securing the most votes in the Electoral College.
There is no other path to winning the Presidential election other than securing the most votes in the Electoral College. Everything else the Democrats do is a complete waste of time. Moreover, everything that left-wing voters do that doesn’t involve winning the Electoral College is a complete waste of time.
You want to vote third party? There is no third party vying for control of the Electoral College. So, you’re wasting your time. You want to withhold your vote? Well, the party that withholds the most votes doesn’t win the Electoral College, so that’s a pretty stupid idea.
Your job on election day is to vote for a Party. When you choose to vote for independent candidates, you choose to throw your vote away because they don't represent a viable 3rd party. And your job as a voter is to vote for a viable party.
So instead of spending so much time talking about the "electability" of a candidate, we need to start talking about the efficiency of the Party. Instead of focusing on one candidate's campaign, we need to shape the strategies and agendas of the Party.
Instead of threatening to withdraw our votes over single issues, we need to double down on pressuring our Parties to create stronger agendas. Most of all though, we need to remember the vote is not for people, it's for a Party. White nationalists know this. They wrote the rules.
We can beat them at their own game, but we can't do that if we continue to proceed as if the rules of the game don't apply to us. Like it or not, they do. Our job is to learn the rules and compete. Our job is to destroy them on the court. Our job is to compete. And our job – now more than ever – is to win.
So let’s gear up. Get on the Court. And dominate on Election Day.