Saturday, October 28, 2017

Education Breakdown

DNC Chairman Tom Perez expounds on the Electoral College:

"The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution," Perez said during a lecture at Indiana University Law School. "It doesn’t have to be there."
Unfortunately for Mr. Perez, the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, begs to differ--and in painstaking detail:
"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List 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 shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing 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. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President."
The electoral process is further clarified in  AMENDMENT XII

It seems Tom Perez was taking a nap when this topic was covered in high school--if indeed it was ever covered during his school years. Education in basic civics is sadly lacking in our current day. But although the progressives yearn mightily that they could wish the reality away, President Donald J. Trump was duly elected according to our lawful constitutional process. In short, liberals--you lost! Deal with it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fighting through the Ashes

Firefighers in Napa, California - Oct. 2017
There are so many heartbreaking stories resulting from the Northern California wildfires this month. One of them is the more than 40 firefighters who lost their own homes to the ravaging flames but stayed on the job, working to save their neighbors' lives and property.

Go Fund a Hero seeks to aid these dedicated public servants. Of so many worthy causes borne of these devastating fires, this certainly is one worth looking into. A sincere thank you to California's brave firefighters and all first responders. Prayers for your safety as California's fire season continues.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Forensics on a National Fall

Peggy Noonan's column, "The Culture of Death--and of Disdain" is worthy of being etched in stone. The complex reasons underlying the USA's descent into violence are starkly identified and presented with chilling, articulate accuracy.

Every American should read it.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Las Vegas and Loss

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds - Psalm 147:3

There isn't much I can add to what's been said and written about Las Vegas. I've heard so much commentary and read so many words by so many writers over the past two days. There are certain ones that stand out amongst the others, for various good reasons in a time of dark madness.

Mark Steyn's "The Empty Paddock" notes how media focus on the Las Vegas massacre has drawn the world's attention away from multiple terrorist attacks across the world--even the horrific murders that have occurred in the past few days.

There is a thoughtful analysis of what I call "closed ear syndrome" from David Harsanyi in the article "When You Politicize Shootings You Make It Harder To Find Solutions."

And I found some interesting perspectives from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is uniquely qualified to address the subject, presented in Cristiano Lima's piece, "Scalise warns against 'political agenda' in Las Vegas shooting response." Most noteworthy is Scalise's emphasis on prayer as a worthy weapon against evil.

We seem to have lost that spiritual mooring as a society. I can't help but wonder if that might be the reason why we as a country are in so much trouble today.