Who Elects the President?
The Wake-up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
October 15, 2012
A Devastatingly Useful Bit of
Early Monday morning, Oct. 15th
Let me occupy a moment of your time with something of importance. It happened here on campus, too.
After a "Collage of Choirs" performance this afternoon at the university, I went over to their Library to find some information. Later, while sitting in the lobby, reading some material I found, a young woman student approached me to reply to some questions about the Presidential election.
She was interviewing people on their views about the Presidential race, to be published in a student run campus newspaper. And I did reply, and to her absolute astonishment. So I thought you may be interested in this brief discussion, as it relates to an important event occurring next month.
Most people do not know what I am about to relate to you, and when told, even with “proof,” would at first deny it, and then, be stunned at its import and the subsequent impact. Brace yourself.
Most people, as registered voters, believe they elect the President of the United States. Not true; absolutely Not True. Yet because so few people understand this simple fact, I have taken the time here to quickly, and with little fanfare or citation in support to prove this fact, relying upon none other than the Original Text of The Constitution and its Amendments. What need we, for any other?
Election of the President of the United States of America is accomplished not by a vote of the people, but by that of the “electors” representing the Legislatures of the several States included within the Union called “the United States of America.” No one else votes for the occupant of that Presidential Office. None, no citizen, no voter, no one else, not even you, nor me.
Basically, the student was rather surprised when I said that nobody votes for the president; only the delegates to the electoral college do that, and those are appointed by the several State Legislatures; they are the only ones doing the voting. This presidential election stuff is not a “popular vote” situation, wrongfully promoted as if it were possible, and equally misconstrued by everyone, as seen in Gore -v- Bush in the 2000 election. There, Gore got popular vote and Bush only the electoral vote, but Bush won anyway: the electoral college put him in office.
The non-participation of citizens in the choice of who shall be President is found, plainly enough, in The Constitution itself, although few people read it. It’s in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1-3, where it says “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. . . and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:
“Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, . . . The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for two persons. . .” Plain enough. Ever hear this in “government classes”?
Even the 14th Amendment says the same regarding “citizens of the United States," which is vastly different than a “citizen of Iowa” (although few know of that, as well). For example: citizens of the United States have "the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof. . .” (14th Amt, Sec. 2).
That means no citizen of the United States votes directly for who shall be President. Plain in print. And when ever have you been told you are voting for electors? And for determining what Office? So neither citizens of any State, nor any citizen of the United States, can vote for President. That’s a heavy-weight of knowledge.
(Note also, however, that those 14th Amendment citizens not only do not vote for President any more than anyone else could, but these particular citizens can not vote directly for any other political office, either; their vote is also limited only “for the choice of electors” who then shall decide for those citizens who shall be elected to any of those other representative and judicial offices. Amazing, when reading the Original Text that determines all this).
Now when have you ever heard anything like that?, after being told you can and should vote for who shall be President. Astonished? I should think so. And yet for all that being told to this young student, she said she never heard of this in her government classes at anytime, anywhere, and felt as if she had not been taught correctly about this for all these years.
To that, I made a comment about how in England of the probably 1700s there was an effort of the Church there to have a Sunday School, where children of the poor might get at least one good meal a week, and be instructed in the Christian faith and good morals. The poster promoting this effort had this line: “Parents cannot teach what they do not know.” So also, with teachers at any educational level.
So what’s all this hype about “get out and vote!” stuff, and “make a difference: vote!,” if The Constitutional law says we do not vote for the President? Why waste our time listening to speeches and have no say in its application? Why bother voting, if it makes no difference?!
Upon understanding these factual, Constitutional details and laws, I myself decided to not bother with voting for President for these reasons, among a few others equally founded in law and logic. This decision by no mere coincidence relieves me of that indescribable burden of having to hear, consider, and have an opinion on every picking-little contradictory and misleading political detail of what they are quibbling about, and then find my own words to “defend” that candidate’s views among my perhaps politically hostile acquaintances.
What those two “candidates” have to say to any and all, in any way and every way, is inconsequential to my, your, and all others’ voting view of it all, because only the State Legislatures’ appointed electors decide who shall be President, regardless of the news, the hype, and the debates, the advertized arguments. It will be these unknown “electors” who decide that winner.
So now we can rest easy: doesn’t make any difference what we think, nor how we vote nor for whom. It's not for us to decide. What a relief! Really, when you think about it! Relief.
Who knows if this article appears in their paper. She said she would send me a draft article text, and hoped I’d have some short blurb to add. If it is published, I’ll let you know.
“So now we can rest easy: doesn’t make any difference what we think, nor how we vote nor for whom. It's not for us to decide. What a relief! Really, when you think about it! Relief.”
Relief also because we won’t share in the sins of anyone we hope to elect: 1 Timothy 5:22 and 2 John 1:7-11.
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
Wake Up America!
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