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Republican Elector Refuses to Vote For Trump

Seems like even lifelong Republicans can’t stand the idea of the Chump and his mental midgets getting control of the country. This OpEd from a Republican Elector from Texas.

Do the right thing, Electors! Reject the Chumph!

 

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

Image result for no trumpI am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.

George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.

This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame Sept. 11.

The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

I have poured countless hours into serving the party of Lincoln and electing its candidates. I will pour many more into being more faithful to my party than some in its leadership. But I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.

Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander in chief. During the campaign more than 50 Republican former national security officials and foreign policy experts co-signed a letter opposing him. In their words, “he would be a dangerous president.” During the campaign Mr. Trump even said Russia should hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. This encouragement of an illegal act has troubled many members of Congress and troubles me.

Hamilton also reminded us that a president cannot be a demagogue. Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign. He speaks of retribution against his critics. He has surrounded himself with advisers such as Stephen K. Bannon, who claims to be a Leninist and lauds villains and their thirst for power, including Darth Vader. “Rogue One,” the latest “Star Wars” installment, arrives later this month. I am not taking my children to see it to celebrate evil, but to show them that light can overcome it.

Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, has his own checkered past about rules. He installed a secret internet connection in his Pentagon office despite rules to the contrary. Sound familiar?

Finally, Mr. Trump does not understand that the Constitution expressly forbids a president to receive payments or gifts from foreign governments. We have reports that Mr. Trump’s organization has business dealings in Argentina, Bahrain, Taiwan and elsewhere. Mr. Trump could be impeached in his first year given his dismissive responses to financial conflicts of interest. He has played fast and loose with the law for years. He may have violated the Cuban embargo, and there are reports of improprieties involving his foundation and actions he took against minority tenants in New York. Mr. Trump still seems to think that pattern of behavior can continue.

The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.

Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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So How Did That Trip to Mexico Work Out, Payaso?

And if you don’t speak Spanish – here is what the term “payaso” means…

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Republicans Bail GOP Over the Chumph

It is looking like an increasing number of Republicans can’t stand the stench anymore…

Iowa lawmaker has seen enough, gives up GOP allegiance

It’s exceedingly rare for an elected official to abandon his or her political party, especially during a legislative session and an election year, which made this Des Moines Register story that much more noteworthy.
State Sen. David Johnson, one of the senior members of the Iowa Senate, says he has suspended his Republican Party membership to protest “the racist remarks and judicial jihad” by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. […]
“I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot,” Johnson said, referring to Trump.
It’s worth noting that Johnson, a longtime state lawmaker who has always served as a Republican, did not partner with Democrats, but rather changed his voter registration to “no party.”
His decision does not alter control of the chamber in which he serves: Iowa’s state Senate already has a narrow Democratic majority, and Johnson’s break with the GOP leaves the Dems’ advantage unchanged.
It’s likely that Johnson has grown increasingly frustrated over time, because veteran lawmakers don’t usually walk away from their political party over a single offensive incident. One wonders, though, how many David Johnsons there are nationwide: Americans who’ve long considered themselves Republicans, who remember what the GOP was like before its radicalization, and who may be tempted to give up on the party in light of Trump’s nomination and antics.
In this case, Johnson also told the Des Moines Register he’s been disappointed by the GOP’s timidity in criticizing Trump – and to help prove the point, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) defended his party’s presidential nominee.
 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Fellow Republican – “Drop Trump…Or Else!”

The Chump has become so toxic, even cast-iron stomached conservatives are beginning to flee. They are looking at a Party apocalypse, and it is scaring the hell out of them.

Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt: RNC Must Dump Trump

Hillary Clinton is “gonna be president unless Republicans change their nominee.”

Conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt said on Wednesday that the Republican National Committee should ask Donald Trump to withdraw his candidacy or change the convention rules to prevent his formal nomination.

“The Republican National Committee needs to step in and step up and talk to him about getting out of the race,” Hewitt said on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

The alternative, he said, is a guaranteed victory for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and the loss of Republican control of both houses of Congress.

“She’s gonna be president unless Republicans change their nominee,” Hewitt said. “When the dust clears we will have lost the House, we will have lost the Senate, we will have lost governorships.”

Hewitt discussed the prospect of changing the Republican national convention rules to prevent the pledged delegates from voting Trump in on the first ballot.

“The Republican National Committee can do one thing: they can change the rules to make the first two ballots advisory,” Hewitt said.

He also suggested making the first ballot require a supermajority of votes.

“Make the delegates own it. If you are gonna commit suicide and someone is giving you a gun, don’t blame the gun, don’t blame the guy or the gal who gave you the gun — blame yourself,” he concluded.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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British Parliament Debates Banning Trump From UK

What a brilliant idea! Apparently in the UK, their Congress (AKA Parliament) can be petitioned to debate changes in the laws by Citizen Petition. Ergo when a petition reached s over 100,000 signatures it has to be taken up by Parliament for consideration.

Sadly that won’t work in this country – as you have to have an intelligent, educated populace, who minimally is aware of civics, knows something about how the government works, the bill of rights, and is committed to the success of he country – meaning the Sarah Palinites, and Don Trumpskies who pride themselves on ignorance, not being educated, and living in a fantasy world apart form know reality, and knowledgeable of nothing but the Second Amendment f^&()ed that one up for the rest of us as well.

The Dumpster as an illegal alien.

Why British Parliament Will Debate Banning Donald Trump From The U.K.

The British Parliament will now debate whether to ban Donald Trump from entering the country after a petition to keep him out rapidly gained over almost 200,000 signatures Wednesday.

The British Parliament debates petitions once they surpass 100,000 signatures.

“The U.K. has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech,” the petition’s description says.

Scottish resident and longtime Trump critic Suzanne Kelly started the petition, which 30,000 people signed in less than an hour Wednesday morning. Kelly condemned Trump for “unrepentant hate speech and unacceptable behavior” that “foments racial, religious and nationalistic intolerance which should not be welcome in the U.K.”

Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne recommended Wednesday engaging in “robust and democratic debate” instead of banning him from entry.

Yet several British politicians are on board. Labour Party lawmaker Jack Dromey warned that the “dangerous fool” should not come “within 1,000 miles of our shores.” The Muslim Council of Britain echoed the call and recommended that Parliament apply the same standards to Trump as they would to others who “espouse hatred.” Sarah Wollaston, a Member of Parliament for the ruling Conservative Party, recommended a “serious discussion.” Labor MP Tulip Siddiq, a Muslim, said, “If you’re not going to welcome people like me into your country, thenwe don’t want to welcome you.”

Trump caused an uproar when he proclaimed Monday that the U.S. should enact a “complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration. He also alleged that certain neighborhoods of Paris and London were so radicalized that “police are afraid for their own lives.”

London Metropolitan Police rebuked Trump’s claim, saying he “could not be more wrong.” London Mayor Boris Johnson slammed the comments as “complete and utter nonsense.”
 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in The Clown Bus

 

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