John Spezia: Scolding unwarranted
February 13, 2017
Mr. Copeland I believe your letter last week got it wrong. Yes, the voting is over, and yes, Donald Trump won the Electoral College, and yes, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million people, but what the majority of the voters are concerned about is the questionable character and integrity of Trump.
I used to be an independent and supported moderates such as Susan Collins and Olympia Snow, but in the past decade, I have been forced to one side. I voted for Barack Obama, but if Sen. John McCain or Mitt Romney had been elected, even though I may have disagreed with many of their views, they still had personal integrity and concern for America.
The scolding you directed at the citizens who do not approve of Trump’s character, integrity and flagrant biases is not warranted. These citizens have the right to express their voices at the shameful and dishonest behavior that has been exhibited by Trump. The president is supposed to reflect the best in America.
Secondly, I hear, "give him a chance." It is always interesting to hear what people say when the shoe is on the other foot — when positions are reversed.
Did Trump’s party ever give President Obama a chance? The first thing Sen. Mitch McConnell said publicly when President Obama was elected in 2008 was, "Our main goal is to make him a one-term president." Say "no" to everything he proposes so he would look like an ineffective president.
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For McConnell, it was his party first not America first. Say “no” to reining in Wall Street and big banks, “no” to investing in America, “no” to jobs, “no” to rebuilding our infrastructure, “no” to a bipartisan immigration bill, “no” to a health care program for all Americans, “no” to minority voting rights and “yes” to shutting down the government.
No wonder there was gridlock in Washington D.C. for eight years.
Lastly, the Electoral College is not based on one vote, one citizen. It originated to keep the South in the Union by allowing the South to count a portion of their slaves (who couldn’t vote) as citizens to give the South more power than one vote, one citizen. It also gave less-populated areas more influence than one vote, one citizen gave to them.
There are states with 80 times the population of another state, and the more populated state has 18 times fewer Electoral College votes. This is not going to change any time soon, but you can see that one vote, one citizen equality does not hold true for presidential elections, as it does for every other election in our country.