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Who is Presidential candidate Andrew Yang?

July 3, 2019

ANDREW YANG

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Andrew Yang is seeking the Democrat nomination to run as President of the United States.  His campaign slogan is “Humanity First.”

Mr. Yang, age 44, was born on Jan. 13, 1975 at Schenectady, New York.  HIs parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, an elite boarding school in New Hampshire, he earned his BA in economics at Brown University.  He then earned his law degree from Columbia Law School.

Mr. Yang worked as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City for about one year.  He left the law firm in 2000 to co-found Stargiving.com, a website for celebrity-affiliated philanthropic fund raising.  (The website folded in 2001.) Mr. Yang then was hired by MMF Systems, Inc., a startup company producing healthcare software. (He served as the company’s vice president.)

Mr. Yang left MMF Systems after four years and began working for a test preparation company called Manhattan Prep.  He became Manhattan Prep’s CEO in 2006.  The company was acquired by Kaplan, Inc. in December 2009.  Mr. Yang left Manhattan Prep in 2012 after he resigned as the company’s president.

In 2011, Mr. Yang founded Venture for America (VFA), which had a mission “to create economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs.”  By 2017, VFA had an annual operating budget of $6 million.  Mr. Yang resigned as CEO of VFA in March 2017.

In November 2017, Mr. Yang filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for President of the United States in 2020.  On Mr. Yang’s campaign website he describes himself as “an entrepreneur who understands the economy.”

On Mr. Yang’s campaign website he lists his”3 big policies” as Universal Basic Income (UBI), Medicare for All and “Human-Centered Capitalism.”  As to UBI, Mr. Yang’s campaign website states:

“Universal Basic Income, ‘the Freedom Dividend,’ of $1,000/month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. . . . This would enable all Americans to pay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative, stay healthy, relocate for work, spend time with their children, take care of loved ones, and have a real stake in the future.”

His platform includes 18-year Congressional term limits, automatic voter registration, lowering the voting age to 18, campaign financing reform, decriminalizing opioids, legalization of marijuana, LGBTQ rights, a pathway to citizenship for “undocumented immigrants,” supporting the DREAM Act, the right to abortion, making Washington D.C. a state, a national value-added tax, a financial transaction tax, a “carbon fee” and “gun safety.”

Mr. Yang has said that he would nominate federal judges who support abortion and he would nominate LGBTQ individuals in to serve in high-level jobs in his administration. Source: What does Andrew Yang believe? Where the candidate stands on 5 issues (PBS News Hour — March 19, 2019.)

In a press release dated June 19, 2019, Mr. Yang stated:

“I’ve been running for President for over a year now, and I’ve been even more convinced that moneyed interests have captured our democratic system. . . . [T]he amount of money that it takes to run a campaign is ridiculous, and ensures that the rich will have both an easier time running for office and a direct line to politicians who rely on their donations to win elections.”

On June 28, 2019, Mr. Yang participated in the second round of the debates for Democrat Party presidential candidates.  He was allowed into the debate by virtue of having received donations from more than 130,000 donors across at least 20 states. During the debate Mr. Yang spoke for two minutes and 56 seconds, the least time of any candidate.

In December 2018, Mr. Yang gave a speech an event called “A Glance at US Politics from Asian Americans” hosted by Yuan Media. Mr. Yang predicted that within a generation disaffected members of a “shrinking, insecure white majority” could begin targeting Asians for mass shootings.  Mr. Yang stated:

“There are very, very few examples in human history of a dominant racial or ethnic group giving up its dominance over time that actually is not normal, that’s not normal behavior.  So if you look at what’s happening right now in this country, you can see an increasingly insecure white majority becoming more and more hostile, truly. And who is going to be the boogeyman of the next 10 to 20 years? Who is going to be the great rival to the United States in the eyes of American society? China, that’s right.  And so what do you think the attitude is going to be over time for the shrinking insecure white majority that losing their jobs for let’s say Chinese Americans or Asian Americans? . . . Like we’re probably one generation away from Americans shooting up a bunch of Asians . . . .”

Source: Ryan Saavedra, Democrat Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang: “One Generation Away From Americans Shooting Asians” (Daily Wire — March 14, 2019).

In 2015, Mr. Yang was recognized by the Obama White House as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).

Mr. Yang and his wife, Evelyn, live in New York City.  They have two sons. He attends the Reformed Church of New Paltz.  He identifies himself as spiritual but not religious.  Mr. Yang’s net worth is estimated to range from $584,000 to $2.27 million.  Source; Stephanie D. Dwilson, Andrew Yang’s Net Worth & Salary: Here’s What He Made in 2018 (Heavy — June 27, 2019).

Mr. Yang is the author of two books: The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs (Hatchette Books — 2018) and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future, and Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America (Harper Collins Publishers — 2014).

SPEECH BY MR. YANG URGING ASIAN AMERICANS TO GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS

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UC Santa Cruz removed the Mission Bell from campus at the request of those who found the bell to be offensive

June 22, 2019

SCRIBBLINGS ON THE EL CAMINO REAL MISSION BELL BEFORE ITS REMOVAL

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The Mission Bell at the University of California at Santa Cruz was removed from campus at a ceremony that took place on the morning of Friday, June 21, 2019.

A news release from UC Santa Cruz noted that the bell was originally donated to the campus by a local women’s club.  It was a copy of original mission bells and was placed near the Hahn Student Services Building in the 1990s.

“Mission bells, which were installed across the state to memorialize the California Missions, are viewed by many populations as a symbol of racism and dehumanization of their ancestors.” Source: Scott Hernandez-Jason, Mission bell to be removed (UC Santa Cruz News Release — June 14, 2019).

The news release said that campus leaders had discussions with Valentin Lopez, the chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, over the past year to coordinate the bell’s removal.

“These bells are deeply painful symbols that celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people,” Lopez said.  “They are constant reminders of the disrespect our tribe faces to this day.”

The news release said that the Amah Mutsun are the direct descendants of the tribal groups whose villages and territories fell under the sphere of influence of Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz during the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

The “Spanish Mission” bells were used between 1769 and 1833 to highlight the path of the 21 California Missions, which were constructed to evangelize Native Americans.

“I am pleased we have been able to work in partnership with [the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band] on the removal,” said Sarah Latham, UC Santa Cruz’s vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services. “Our students have also given voice to the need to remove the bell.”

Many are not happy with the removal of the bell and view it as the removal of history.  Reader comments to an article about the bell’s removal included:

*      “I’m offended by the removal of the bells.  Who should I talk to about that?”

*      “Good god, there will be no history when these people are done.”

*     “I’m offender by the students at UC Santa Cruz, so remove them from campus.”

*     “No no REMOVE THEM FROM AMERICA.”

*     “California offends me.  Remove it.”

*     “These radical students offend me and I want them removed, preferably to North Korea.”

*     “Venezuela del Norte.”

UC SANTA CRUZ EMPLOYEES DAVID JESSEN AND MITCH SMITH REMOVE THE MISSION BELL DURING THE REMOVAL CEREMONY

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President Trump put a 5 % tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure Mexico to do more to prevent Central American illegal aliens from crossing into the USA

May 31, 2019

AFTER ANNOUNCING THE MEXICO TARIFFS PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVED AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY TO DELIVER THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS 

He received a resounding applause after he said he would shake the hand of each graduate of the Academy.  “You can shake the one hand, the top of the class. You can shake 10, 50, or 100.  Or you could also stay for 1,000.  And I’m staying for 1,000,” the President said.

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President Trump announced a five percent tariff on all Mexican imports.  The move is designed to put pressure on Mexico to crack down on Central American illegal aliens trying to cross the United States border.  He said that he will gradually increase the tariff “until the illegal immigration problem is remedied.”

President Trump told reporters on May 30, 2019 that he planned “a major statement” that would be his “biggest” so far on the borders.  He later told reporters: “We are going to do something very dramatic on the border because people are coming into our country. The Democrats will not give us laws [to stop the inflow].”

After President Trump headed to a commencement speech for 2019 United States Air Force Academy graduates he tweeted:

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all good coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.  The Tariff will gradually increase until the illegal Immigration problem is remedied . . . at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”

A statement from the White House said: “Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP BOARDS AIR FORCE ONE AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS IN MARYLAND TO TRVAEL TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY IN COLORADO

“If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the tariffs will be removed,” President Trump said.

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UPDATE — In response to President Trump’s tariff plan Mexico said that it would deploy its National Guard to Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala.  President Trump said he would delay the tariff and tweeted on June 9, 2019: “There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the USA, something that didn’t exist for decades. However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs — But I don’t believe that will be necessary.”

Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, who served in Congress for more than 45 years, died at age 85

May 30, 2019

SENATOR THAD COCHRAN DURING HIS LAST CAMPAIGN FOR SENATE

He greeted supporters during a campaign stop in Oxford on June 6, 2014

Photo Credit: Bruce Newman / Oxford Eagle

Former Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who retired from the United States Senate in April 2018 for health reasons, died on May 30, 2019 at a veterans’ nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi.

Senator Cochran was born in the small northern Mississippi town of Pontotoc and grew up in a suburb of Jackson.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.  As an undergraduate Senator Cochran was a cheerleader at Ole Miss.

After earning his law degree, Senator Cochran spent three years in the United States Navy.  He then studied international law for one year at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

In 1972, after seven years in the private practice of law, Senator Cochran was elected to the United States House of Representatives.  He was  then elected to the United States Senate in 1978. He was the first Republican since Reconstruction to win a statewide office in Mississippi.  While in the Senate he served as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Cochran’s last election to the Senate was in 2014, when he defeated Republican primary challenger Senator Chris McDaniel.  Senator McDaniel was backed by tea party groups and libertarian-leaning national groups that criticized Senator Cochran for being a “big spender.”  Senator Cochran was said to be “a driving force” in obtaining more than $100 billion in funding to help the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Katrina.  He also was a major supporter of shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where modern United States Navy and United States Coast Guard ships are built.

Senator Cochran’s first wife, Rose Cochran, was in a nursing home for about a dozen years with dementia.  She died in December 2014 shortly after Senator Cochran’s last election.  On May 23, 2015, Senator Cochran married Kay Webber, his executive assistant.  During the 2014 campaign Senator McDaniel tried to convince voters that Senator Cochran was intimately involved with Ms. Webber before his wife died. Senator Cochran denied the accusation.

On March 4, 2017, Kay Webber Cochran officially christened the United States Coast Guard’s Legend-Class National Security Cutter at Ingalls Shipbuilding.  It was the seventh such ship built at the Mississippi shipyards.

SENATOR COCHRAN’S WIFE, KAY WEBBER COCHRAN, CHRISTENS THE SEVENTH LEGLAND-CLASS NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER KIMBALL (WMSL 756)

The ceremony took place at Ingalls Shipbuilding.  Senator Cochran is pictured fourth from the left.

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How things evolved from “The Greenhouse Effect” to “A New Ice Age” to “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”

May 5, 2019

AL GORE NARRATED A MOVIE BASED ON HIS BOOK TITLED “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: A GLOBAL WARNING.”  THE MOVIE WAS BILLED AS “BY FAR THE MOST TERRIFYING FILM YOU WILL EVER SEE.” 

The photo of the polar bears was intended to “prove” that global warming is causing the demise of polar bears

There are some historical milestones of how the fear of leaving a “Carbon Footprint” from carbon dioxide (CO2) has gone from “The Greenhouse Effect” to “A New Ice Age” to “Global Warming” to “Climate Change.”

April 22, 1970 — The first “Earth Day” was started.  (Was it simply a coincidence that April 22 was the birthday of Vladimir Lenin exactly 100 years before on April 22, 1870?) Walter Cronkite of CBS News hosted a nationally televised Earth Day special.  The theme of “Saving the Planet” was introduced.

WALTER KRONKITE (1916 – 2009) OF CBS NEWS: HE HOSTED AN EARTH DAY SPECIAL ON THE FIRST “EARTH DAY” ON APRIL 22, 1970

Mr. Kronkite was often called “the most trusted man in America”

1975-1978 — In the 30 years leading to the mid-1970s the available temperature recordings suggested that there was a cooling trend.  As a result some scientists suggested that the current inter-glacial period could rapidly draw to a close, which might result in the Earth plunging into “A New Ice Age” over the next few centuries  This idea was reinforced by the fear that aerosols emitted into the atmosphere also caused cooling. During this same time some scientists theorized that “greenhouse gases” being put into the atmosphere would cause greater warming.

1980 — Most predictions ceased about “A New Ice Age.”

1980-1982 — Concerns about A New Ice Age were replaced with theories that a “Greenhouse Effect” would wreak havoc on the planet by 2000.

1987 — The Montreal Protocol addressed “The Hole in the Ozone Layer.”  There was a theory that there was a “hole in the ozone” layer caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) found in spray cans and refrigerants.  The “hole” was theorized to be letting in dangerous radiation harmful to life.  The Montreal Protocol agreed to restrict CFCs.

1990 – 1996 — Ted Turner started a new children’s television show called “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” which was broadcast from 1990-1992.  A sequel series called “The New Adventures of Captain Planet” was broadcast from 1993-1996.  These cartoons featured Captain Planet and his young Planeteers battling evil businesses such as the oil industry.  An oil company executive was called “Hoggish Greedly.”

1992 — The Rio “Earth Summit” took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The fact that delegations from 172 countries attended the conference served to convince millions of more people that there must be some truth in the “Greenhouse Effect,” which was soon referred to as “Global Warming.”

1992 — Senator Al Gore, who was soon to become Vice President of the United States, published “Earth in the Balance,” in which he called for a “Global Marshall Plan” to “Save the Planet.”

1997 — The Kyoto Protocol was intended to commit nations to reduce CO2 emissions based upon an alleged “scientific consensus” that Global Warming was occurring and it was likely that human-made CO2 was causing it.  Mr. Gore delivered the opening speech of the conference in Kyoto, Japan.

2001 — President George Bush essentially withdrew the United States from the Kyoto Protocol.

2006 — Mr. Gore, who was almost elected President of the United States in 2000, published a new book titled “An Inconvenient Truth.”  Mr. Gore’s book dealt solely with the “crisis” of “Global Warming,” which he called “A True Planetary Crisis.” The error-filled book served as the basis for a movie by Davis Guggenheim that was narrated by Mr. Gore. In the movie, Mr. Gore stated that unless the world “took drastic measures” then the world would reach “a point of no return within 10 years.” The movie premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won two Academy Awards.  Mr. Gore was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his alleged contributions to climate science.  In the book and movie at least eight things were stated as fact:

*     Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate. He predicted a rise of six meters (20 feet) with the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.  Mr. Gore’s predicted rising sea levels have not occurred.

*     CO2 is the control knob for temperature.  Mr. Gore believes that carbon dioxide — what humans exhale — controls temperatures.  Satellite data show little or no increase in temperature for nearly two decades despite a constant increase in CO2.

*    Hurricane Katrina was man-made.  Two years before Mr. Gore’s movie, New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  Mr. Gore said that devastating hurricanes would become the “new normal.”  However, F3+ hurricanes have occurred throughout United States history.  For example, there was the Miami Hurricane (1926), the Southeast Florida / Okeechobee Hurricane (1928), the Labor Day Hurricane (1935), the 1938 Hurricane and Hurricane Camille (1969).  Most recently there was Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Andrew (1992), Superstorm Sandy (2012) and Hurricane Charley (2004).

THE GALVESTON HURRICANE, KNOWN AS THE GREAT STORM OF 1900, WAS THE DEADLIST NATURAL DISASTER IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. 

The storm killed an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 residents of Galveston

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*     Severe tornados are increasing.  However, F3+ tornadoes have been declining for more than 60 years.

*     Polar bears are dying.  Mr. Gore said that because the polar ice is getting thinner due to Global Warming that polar bears would die off.  He featured a photo of sick polar bears clinging to melted ice to prove his point.  There are more polar bears now than when Mr. Gore was born.  The government of Nunavut, along with Inuit hunters, have noticed that the polar bear population is doing quite well.

*    The Arctic is melting.  Mr. Gore predicted the complete melting of Polar ice by 2014. However, the ice at the North Pole is increasing.  The year 2015 saw the largest refreezing of the Arctic in more than a decade.

*     The Sahel is drying up.  Mr. Gore said that the region south of the Sahara desert is getting drier and drier due to Global Warming.  Satellite images show that the Sahel is a region that gained the most flora density since satellites existed.  The reviled CO2 acts as a fertilizer.

*    CO2 is a pollution.  Mr. Gore refers to CO2 as “pollution.”  Therefore, the world must fight to control CO2 to protect the children and Save the Planet.  But more CO2 is actually desirable.  Agriculture profits greater from increased carbon “pollution.”

2009 — The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (aka Copenhagen Climate Conference) took place at Copenhagen, Denmark. A legally non-binding paper was produced recognizing Global Warming / Climate Change as a crisis and stating that actions should be taken to keep temperature increases to a minimum. The report did not contain any commitments to reducing CO2 emissions.

2009 — Prince Charles warned that mankind has eight years or less to save the planet from a climate-created disaster.

2009 — The “Climategate” scandal was exposed.  In November 2009 a server was hacked at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.  The emails that were recovered made it clear that some of the top “warmist” or “alarmist” scientists in the world were openly conspiring to manipulate climate data, to bar critics from accessing their records and to influence scientific publications to censor “climate deniers.”  The emails showed private admissions of doubt or scientific weakness in the Global Warming theory. In acknowledging that global temperatures had actually declined for the past decade, one scientist asked: “Where the heck is the global warming?”  A prominent Global Warming alarmist admitted to using a statistical “trick” to “hide the decline” in temperature. The trick consisted of selectively mixing two different kinds of data-temperature “proxies” from tree rings and actual thermometer measurements in a way designed to produce a graph of global temperatures that ended  with what is known as the upward “hockey stick” slope.

2015 — The Paris Climate Agreement (aka Paris Climate Accord) was reached within the United Nations pre-existing framework.  The agreement requires that each country regularly report on its own contribution to mitigate “Global Warming.” President Barack Obama used an “Executive Order” to ostensibly commit the United States to the Paris Agreement. President Obama used an executive order because the United States Constitution requires a 2/3 majority in the Senate to ratify a treaty.

2015 — Pope Francis issued an edict directing Catholics to believe that “Climate Change” is real.  The Pope condemned Climate Change as “sin” and urged the world to “take action.”

2016 — Actor Leonardo DiCaprio released a Nation Geographic documentary about Climate Change.  The documentary was massively hyped by the Piranha Press in a book titled “Before the Flood.”  DiCaprio and Pope Francis became the two most prominent public faces pushing for action including global “Carbon Taxes” and international control over businesses.

2017 — President Donald J. Trump pulled the United States out of the “Paris Climate Agreement,” which would have required the United States to pay Carbon Taxes.

IN 2015 POPE FRANCIS CALLED FOR “BOLD CULTURAL REVOLUTION” NEEDED TO SAVE THE PLANET FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Pope Francis has blamed human greed and selfishness for damaging the planet and has called on everyone to take action to stop climate change

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Abolishing the Electoral College could result in the United States of California

March 29, 2019

ALEXANDER HAMILTON SAID THAT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE “BE NOT PERFECT, BUT  IT IS AT LEAST EXCELLENT”

Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution provides that the President of the United States, together with the Vice President, shall be elected as follows:

“Each State shall appoint . . . 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.  Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes, which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.”

The Twelve, Fourteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-Third Amendments to the Constitution also govern the Electoral College.

Legislation is once more being introduced this year to abolish the Electoral College for electing the President of the United States.  The bill would require a Constitutional amendment to elect the President by a direct popular vote.  To enact a Constitutional amendment, it would first need to win over two-thirds of both chambers of Congress.  The amendment would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

During the past 200 years more than 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform or eliminate the Electoral College.  There have been more proposals for a Constitutional Amendment on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject. Public opinion polls have shown that Americans favor abolishing the Electoral College.

The Electoral College is a process established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. It was established as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors.  A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President.  Each state’s allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives and two for each state’s Senators.   Also, under the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allotted three electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College.

Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate in the state.  Maine and Nebraska each have a variation of “proportional representation.”

After the Presidential election, the Governor of each state prepares a “Certificate of Ascertainment” listing all of the candidates who ran from President in the state along with the names of their respective electors.  The Certificate of Ascertainment declares the winning Presidential candidate in each state and shows which electors will represent the state at the meeting of the electors in December of the election year.  Each state’s Certificate of Ascertainment is sent to Congress and the National Archives.

The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the Presidential election.  The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Each state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors.  The Certificates of Votes are sent to Congress and the National Archives.

Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors.  Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chambers to conduct the official tally of electoral votes. The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the vote.  The President of the Senate then declares which person has been elected President and Vice President of the United States.  The President-Elect then takes the oath of office and is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th in the year following the Presidential election.

There have been five times in United States history when a candidate won the Presidency despite losing the popular vote: 1892 (John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson) 1876 (Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel Tilden), 1888 (Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland), 2000 (George W. Bush over Al Gore) and 2016 (Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton).

“Trump won 37 states. Hillary won 13. That’s why we have the electoral college — So we are not the United States of California.”

There are no less than three good reasons for maintaining the Electoral College: (1) the Founding Fathers enshrined the Electoral College in the Constitution because they thought it was the best method to choose the President, (2) the Electoral College ensures that all parts of the country are involved in selecting the President and (3) the Electoral College guarantees certainty to the outcome of the Presidential election.  Opponents of the Electoral College contend (1) the reasons for which the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College are no longer relevant, (2) the Electoral College gives too much power to “swing states” and allows the Presidential election to be decided by a handful of states and (3) the Electoral College ignores the will of the people.

The best reason for maintain the Electoral College is because it ensures that all parts of the country are involved in selecting the President.  If the election depended solely on the popular vote, then candidates could limit campaigning to heavily-populated areas or specific regions. To win the election, Presidential candidates need electoral votes from multiple regions and therefore they build campaign platforms with a national focus with the winner actually serving the needs of the entire country.  Without the Electoral College, groups such as Iowa farmers and Ohio factory workers would be ignored in favor of pandering to metropolitan areas with high population densities, leaving rural areas and small towns marginalized.

The wisdom of the Founding Fathers also cannot be overlooked.

“The United States is a representative democracy operated under a ‘republican’ form of government, as provided for in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution. . . . In 1787, the Founding Fathers, based on their direct knowledge of history showing that unlimited power tends to become a tyrannical power, created the United States as a republic — not a pure democracy. . . . The Founding Fathers knew that as the nation grew and the time required for debating and voting on every issue increased, the public’s desire to take part in the process would quickly decrease.  As a result, the decisions and actions taken would not truly reflect the will of the majority, but small groups of people representing their own interests. . . . As part of their plan to separate powers and authority, the Founders created the Electoral College as the method by which the people could choose their highest government leader — the president — while avoiding at least some of the dangers of a direct election.”

Source: Robert Longley, Reasons to Keep the Electoral College (Thought Co. — Feb. 14, 2019).

As Alexander Hamilton noted, if the Electoral College “be not perfect, it is at least excellent.”

THE FOUNDING FATHERS, WHO MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO WRITE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

 

 

Biden and Sanders are leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination for President

March 18, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

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SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are leading in polls for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  Sanders beat Biden 39-24 in the Wisconsin primary poll and Biden beat Sanders 40-23 in the Michigan primary poll.  In the presidential polls, Biden beat Sanders 28-25 and 31-27.

The third choice appears to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas.

March 18, 2019 (Emerson Poll)

Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary — Sanders, 39; Biden, 24; Warren, 14; O’Rourke, 6; Harris, 5; Klobuchar, 4; Booker, 2; others 1 percent or less.

March 12, 2019 (Morning Consult Poll)

2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination — Biden, 31; Sanders, 27; Harris, 10; Warren and O’Rourke, each 7; Booker, 4; Klobuachar, 3; others 1 percent or less.

March 11, 2019 (Monmouth Poll)

2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination — Biden, 28; Sanders, 25; Harris, 10; Warren and O’Rourke, each 7; Booker, 5; Klobuchar, 3; other 1 percent or less.

March 11, 2019 (Emerson Poll)

Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary — Biden, 40 percent; Sanders, 23; Harris, 12; Warren, 11; Klobuchar, 5; Booker, 3; O’Rourke, 2; others 1 percent of less.

Biden and Sanders lead in early polls

March 3, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND SEN. BERNIE SANDERS

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders lead in the most recent  Presidential and state primary polls.  Biden had support of between 22 and 37 percent while Sanders had between 19 and 27 percent.  Sanders is an announced candidate.  Biden has said he is leaning in on a run for the White House.

Sen. Kamala Harris’ numbers have ranged from seven to 14 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s numbers have ranged from four to nine percent.

Here are the polls between Feb. 22, 2019 and March 2, 2019:

The Emerson Poll (March 2, 2019) for the South Carolina Democratic Primary was Biden (37 percent), Sanders (21 percent), Harris (nine percent), Cory Booker (six percent), Warren and Beto O’Rourke (each five percent), Michael Bloomberg and Tulsi Gabbard (each two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The University of New Hampshire Poll (Feb. 28, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Sanders (26 percent), Biden (22 percent), Harris (10 percent), Warren (seven percent), O’Rourke (five percent), Klobuchar (four percent), Booker (three percent) and others (one percent or less).

The Harvard-Harris Poll (Feb. 28, 2019) for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination was Biden (30 percent), Sanders (19 percent), Harris (10 percent), Booker (five percent), O’Rourke and Warren (each four percent), Klobuchar and Bloomberg (each two percent) and others (one percent of less).

The Morning Consult Poll (Feb. 26, 2019) for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination was Biden (29 percent), Sanders (27 percent), Harris (10 percent), Warren and O’Rourke (each seven percent), Booker (four percent), Klobuchar (three percent), Bloomberg (two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The Emerson Poll (Feb. 23, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Sanders (27 percent), Biden (25 percent), Harris (12 percent), Warren (nine percent), Klobuchar (eight percent), O’Rourke and Booker (each five percent), Bloomberg (two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The UMass Amherst Poll (Feb. 22, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Biden (28 percent), Sanders (20 percent), Harris (14 percent), Warren (nine percent), O’Rourke (six percent), Booker (three percent) and others (one percent or less).

As of Jan. 31, 2019 there were 13 announced candidates for the 2020 Democrat Presidential nomination.  They are Sen. Cory Booker, 49, of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 37, of South Bend, Ind.; Julian Castro, 44, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; John Delaney, 55, former Maryland representative; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 37, of Hawaii, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 52, of New York; Sen. Kamala Harris, 54, of California; Gov. Jay Inslee, 68, of the state of Washington; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 58, of Minnesota; Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69, of Massachusetts; Marianne Williamson, 66, a spiritual guru, New Age author and entrepreneur; and Andrew Yang, 44, founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit organization in New York.

There are said to be 20 others considering a candidacy including Joe Biden, 76, former Vice President; Michael Bloomberg, 77, former mayor of New York; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, 57; Eric Holder, 68, former U.S. Attorney General; Terry McAuliffe, 62, former Governor of Virginia; Sen. Sherrod Brown, 66, of Ohio; Rep. Tim Ryan, 45, of Ohio; Sen. Michael Bennett, 54, of Colorado; Gov. Steve Bullock, 52, of Montana; John Hickenlooper, 67, former Governor of Colorado; Sen. Jeff Merkley, 62, of Oregon; Rep. Eric Swalwell, 38, of California; John Kerry, 75, former Secretary of State and Senator from Massachusetts; Rep. Seth Mouton, 40, of Massachusetts; Andrew Gillum, 39, former Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and Beto O’Rourke, 46, former Representative from Texas.

Bernie Sanders has been called the most dangerous political figure in American history

March 2, 2019

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS AT A TOWN HALL MEETING IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO DURING MAY 2016 DEMANDING CLEMENCY FOR TERRORIST OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA AND VOWING TO PARDON HIM IF ELECTED PRESIDENT

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Radio talk show host Michael Savage has called Sen. Bernie Sanders “the most dangerous political figure in American history” and says Sanders poses a grave threat to the United States because of his socialist views that align with Communist Party USA. Savage warned:

“As I have declared time and again, Bernie Sanders is the most dangerous political figure in American history; far more dangerous than any ever seen before because he looks so harmless, doesn’t he?  Like a Jewish grandfather; like everyone’s favorite floppy grandfather, doesn’t he? Old Bernie Sanders.  He looks like he can do no harm, but he can do much harm, indeed.”

Source: Michael Savage, Democratic Socialist Secretly Plot Communist Takeover (Newsmax — Sept. 18, 2018) (hereafter Savage).

Mr. Savage described the Democrat Party’s extreme leftist learnings:

“They want free housing for all; free health care for all, free college education for all, free transportation for all.  They want the abolition of ICE. . . . They want the abolition of prisons, meaning they want the release of people from prisons. . . . They want rapists released, murderers released. They call for everyone to receive a basic income . . . whether or not they work. . . . If you think [communism] can’t happen here, then you’re really asleep.”

Source: Robert Kraychik, Michael Savage: “You’re Asleep” if You Think Communist Can’t Happen in the U.S. (Breitbart — July 19, 2018) (hereafter Kraychik).

In a satirical article it was stated:

“In a surprise move, the CPSUA (Community Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called ‘new’ Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPSUA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells — which makes it the intellectual property of the Community Party USA, protected by American copyright laws. ‘They stole our entire platform, rebranded it progressive and claim it was their own,’ declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. ‘And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God!'”

Source: Red Square, Communists Sue Democratic Party For Stealing Platform (The People’s Cube — April 12, 2010).

President “Trump and his Republican allies . . . are betting that the idea of socialism will still turn off many voters, and they’ve embarked on a campaign to paint the Democratic presidential hopefuls as far-left extremists, with Sanders as the prime example. . . . And many Republicans see an opening not only to attack Sanders but to put the rest of the Democratic field on the spot. They are publicizing the senator’s comments on social media and circulating video of him speaking about [Cuba’s] Castro and [Nicaragua’s] Ortega in 1985.”

Source: Sean Sullivan, Bernie Sanders could face more scrutiny as candidate for his socialist learnings (Washington Post — Feb. 26, 2019).

“What they are doing now, as mainstream Democrats, are all of the protocols of the Communist Party USA of five years ago,” Savage said. “They have become the Communist Party USA.  And let’s not forget what Lenin himself wrote: he said the object of socialism is communism. . . . [Sanders is] smarter than all of them, very high IQ, he’s very well-learned, and he is quoting Karl Marx, he’s regurgitating Karl Marx in a new form. We know where that led: 100 million deaths. It started with the Bolshevik Revolution, promising everything for the poor man, and here we have this man whipping up the youth into this frenzy against who?  Who is the enemy.  Who is the enemy of Bernie Sanders? The rich.  He made a million dollars last year.  I guess that’s not rich enough for him.”

Source: Jason Devaney, Michael Savage to Newsmax TV: Bernie “Most Dangerous” Politician (Newsmax — Oct. 17, 2018).

Sanders “is not even a socialist.  He’s a communist. . . . If Sanders were vying for a Cabinet post, he’d never pass an FBI background check. There’d be too many subversive red flags popping up in his file. He was a communist collaborator during the height of the Cold War.”

Source: Paul Sperry, Don’t be fooled by Bernie Sanders — he’s a diehard communist (New York Post — Jan. 16, 2016) (hereafter Sperry).

Sperry’s New York Post article pointed out:

  • In 1964, while attending the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA.
  • After moving to Vermont, Sanders headed the American People’s History Society, an organ of Marxist propaganda. Sanders made a glowing documentary on the life of socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs, who was jailed for espionage during the Red Scare and hailed by the Bolsheviks as “America’s greatest Marxist.” Sanders still hangs a portrait of Debs on the wall of his Senate office.
  • Sanders took several “goodwill” trips to Communist countries including the USSR, Cuba and Nicaragua.
  • In 1985 Sanders traveled to Managua to celebrate the rise to power of the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government. Sanders called the Sandinista takeover a “heroic revolution.”
  • Sanders invited Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to visit the United States and called the exalted Ortega as “an impressive guy” while attacking President Regan. Sanders said on Vermont government-access TV in 1985: “The Sandinista government has more support among the Nicaraguan people — substantially more support — than Ronald Reagan has among the American people.”
  • Sanders honeymooned with his second wife in the USSR.  He put a Soviet flag in his office, which shocked even the local liberals. At that time, the USSR was “on the march around the world, and threatening the US with nuclear annihilation.”
  • In 1989 Sanders addressed the national conference of the U.S. Peace Council, a known front for Communist Party USA, whose members swore an oath not only to the Soviet Union but to “the triumph of Soviet Power in the US.”

Sander, 77, was born on Sept. 8, 1945 at Brooklyn.  His father, Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders (1904-1962), was born to a Jewish family in Slopnice, Galica in Austria-Hungary, which is now part of Poland.  In 1921, Elias immigrated to the United States and became a paint salesman.  Sanders’ mother, Dorothy “Dora” Sanders (nee Glassberg) (1912-1960) was born in New York City to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland and Russia.

Sanders attended elementary school and James Madison High School in Brooklyn.  From 1959-60, Sanders studied at Brooklyn College.

In 1963, Sanders worked on Kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’amakim, a kibbutz near Haifa in northern Israel, where he was a guest of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.  The youth movement’s name translates in Hebrew to “The Young Guard.”  It was a socialist, Zionist secular Jewish youth group founded in 1913 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary.

Source: Steven Erianger, Bernie Sanders’s Kibbutz Found. Surprise: It’s Socialist (The New York Times — Feb. 5, 2016).

“In the 1960s [Sanders] spent several months volunteering on an Israeli collective farm, or kibbutz, that functioned according to communist principles. For years, Sanders has said he had been on a kibbutz but has been vague about exactly where he stayed. The mystery was apparently solved . . . when Israeli newspaper Haaretz dug up a 1990 interview with Sanders. In the article, Sanders claimed he spent several months in 1963 volunteering at Shaar Ha’amakin.”

Source: Will Ripley, How did a socialist kibbutz influence Bernie Sanders? (CNN — Feb. 10, 2016).

In 1964 Sanders started attending the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science.  While attending the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, which was the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party of America.  After graduation from college, Sanders returned to New York City and worked as a Head Start teacher, a psychiatric aide and a carpenter.  In 1968 Sanders moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter, filmmaker and writer.

Sanders began his political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, a democratic social political party founded in 1970 by former Vermont Rep. William H. Meyer and others.  As a member of the Liberty Union Party, Sanders ran for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976 and as a candidate for United States Senator in 1972 and 1974.  Sen. Sanders resigned from the Liberty Union Party in 1977 and worked as a writer and director for the American People’s Society in Burlington, Vermont.  During this time, he made a documentary about Eugene V. Debs, an American Socialist leader and presidential candidate.

In 1980, Sanders was elected as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.  While he was Mayor he referred to his city as the “People’s Republic of Burlington.”  He was re-elected three times.  After serving four two-year terms Sanders did not seek another term.  In 1989 he was a lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 1991 he was a lecturer at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

In 1990 Sanders became a member of the United States House of Representatives.  He was the first Independent candidate to be elected to the House since Frazier Reams of Ohio in 1950.  In 2007 Sanders became a member of the United States Senate, also as an Independent.

Sanders was married to Deborah Shilling from 1964 until their divorce in 1977.  He married his current wife, Jane O’Meara, in 1988.  He has four children and one brother, Larry Sanders, who lives in England and is the Health Spokesman for the Green Party of England and Wales.

Sanders’ brother described the two of them as being Jewish radicals while growing up.  Source: Dana Roberson, Meet Larry Sanders, Bernie’s Big Brother (The Takeaway — Nov. 5, 2015).

Sanders’ current campaign slogan is: “Not me. Us.”  His campaign site states: “Not one candidate, not even the greatest candidate you could imagine, is capable of taking on Donald Trump and the billionaire class alone.  There is only one way we win — and that is together.”

On March 2, 2019, while speaking in Brooklyn during his campaign kickoff rally, Sanders called President Trump “the most dangerous president in modern American history.”

“The populist . . . self-described democratic socialist owns two homes in Vermont and one in Washington, D.C.  Sanders has also earned more than $1 annually in recent years, though he remains on the lower end of Senate Democrats in terms of net worth.”

Source: Paul Steinhauser, Sanders calls his taxes “boring” but says he’ll release returns “soon” (Fox News — Feb. 27, 2019).

Sanders has written two books.  “Our Revolution” was released in November 2016 and “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution” was released in August 2017.

RADIO TALK SHOW HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE

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Latest polls like Sanders and Biden while Las Vegas likes Harris and O’Rourke

February 25, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND SEN. BERNIE SANDERS

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There have been three recent polls for who will be the nominee of the Democrat Party for President of the United States.

The Emerson College poll, which polled 405 registered New Hampshire voters from Feb. 21-22, 2019, had Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at first with 27 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden second with 25 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris of California third with 12 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts fourth with nine percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota fifth with eight percent.  It also had failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey tied for sixth with five percent.  Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had two percent followed by others with about one percent.

The Emerson College poll taken from Feb. 14-16, 2019 had it Biden (27 percent), Sanders (17 percent), Harris (15 percent), Booker and Warren (each nine percent), Klobuchar (five percent) and O’Rourke (four percent).

The Morning Consult poll taken from Feb. 11-17, 2019 put Biden at first (30 percent), Sanders at second (21 percent), Harris at third (11 percent), Warren at forth (eight percent) and O’Rourke at fifth (seven percent). Booker was sixth (five percent) and Klobuchar was seventh (four percent).

On Dec. 27, 2018, The Hill ranked the top 15 Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 as (1) Warren, (2) Sanders, (3) Booker, (4) Klobuchar, (5) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, (6) Michelle Obama, (7) Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, (8) Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, (9) Biden, (10) Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, (11) Harris, (12) Hillary Clinton, (13) former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, (14) Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and (15) Oprah Winfrey.

On Feb. 21, 2019, the Democrat Nominee for the 2020 Election Las Vegas Odds were Harris (+300), O’Rourke (+400), Biden (+600), Sanders (+800), Klobuchar (+ 900), Warren (+1000), Gillibrand (+1500), Booker (+1600), Hilary Clinton (+1800) and Oprah Winfrey (+1800).  For example, if you successful wagered $100 on Harris you would win $300 and if you successfully waged $100 on Clinton or Winfrey you would win $1,800.