November 12, 2012
The dam holding back the reservoir of bad news from America’s citizens has broken. Massive layoffs attributed to Obamacare have begun. USEPA regulations will soon increase the cost of electricity and gasoline. Obama only waited a few days before declaring support for UN arms control, a treaty that would strip Americans of their right to own firearms. Congressional hearings on the Benghazi murders have begun. Amazingly, the director of the CIA, the key witness, resigned and will not testify. Citizens of Louisiana have started a petition requesting permission to secede from the U.S. The dam has broken and Americans are beginning to understand what they voted for. By 2014 America will have plunged over the fiscal cliff and by 2016 we will be Greece on steroids. The seeds for a second Civil War are being sown, and our Union could once again fragment.
Has America passed the point of no return? No, not yet, but soon it will.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have not yet been elected president and vice president. When we cast a ballot on November 6th for either Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or another presidential candidate, we were in reality voting for an unnamed elector. The same is true for the vice president. The president and vice president are elected by the Electoral College.
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, as amended by the 12th and 23rd Amendments, established the mechanism for electing the President of the United States of America. American citizens vote indirectly for the president by voting for an elector (or statewide slate of electors) who supports their candidate of choice. This is further streamlined by the fact that most states do not list the names of potential electors on a ballot, but rather the names of the candidates they've promised to vote for.
The Electoral College does not meet as a body; rather the chosen electors gather in the capital of each state to officially cast their votes for president and vice president. These ballots are then transmitted to the president of the Senate who officially declares the winner in front of both the House and the Senate.
Each state can dole out its electoral votes in whatever way it sees fit. Currently, 48 of 50 states and the District of Columbia give all of their electoral votes to the candidate that receives the most votes in that state. The two exceptions are Maine and Nebraska. Currently, 533 of the 538 electoral votes go to a candidate who wins a majority in a state or the District of Columbia.
On December 17, 2012 electors comprising the Electoral College will meet and vote to elect the president and vice president of the United States of America. Electors from each state and the District of Columbia, totaling 538 electors, will cast their ballots that will elect the next president, and the candidate receiving 270 or more electoral votes will be president. All these electors pledged to vote for a certain candidate, however, they can vote for whomever they chose.
And now we have reached the key point -- the electors pledged to vote for a candidate -- but their pledge is only a promise to do so. There is no federal law that compels an elector to vote in a particular way; 29 states and the District of Columbia have laws with minor penalties while the remaining 21 states have no laws or any type of control of their electors.
This means the Electoral College is not required by the Constitution or federal law to elect Barack Hussein Obama as president of the United States of America on December 17th.
Governors, state legislators, and our citizens still have time to correct our November 6th suicide pact. With the support of their citizens, they can take action to redirect the votes of their state’s electors. But any such action must occur quickly for time is running out.
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