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The Ocean is Troubled to its Depths
Didn't mean for this to be the first post after election, but… 
10th-Nov-2016 12:19 pm
pion-muon decay
Things are still crazy and bad in the personal realm, so it's very challenging finding the mental and emotional space in which it's possible for me to write, and having that coincide with the right timing. But I came across this article by chance, and it seems worth sharing, because my first reaction to the headline was, "wait, what??", until I realized that it was actually written back in March. However! The sub-headline immediately roused another "wait, what??", so then I had to read it even though it's not recently written.

Here's that sub-headline: "Maybe — just this once — state legislators should use their constitutional authority and change how we elect the president." So my continuing reaction while reading was a mixture of more "what??", surprise, bewilderment, and a building sense of wondering I'm not even sure what. But I certainly wasn't aware of how much more there is to the Electoral College, and I presume that most people aren't either.

So how come we, the citizens, never hear any discussion or reporting on these deeper aspects of the Electoral College? Are most of the people who work in media and journalism unaware, too? Because, well, this seems like more going on "behind the scenes" in terms of actual presidential election, but not because it's supposed to go on behind the scenes, just that it does go on "behind the scenes" just because nobody talks about it. I don't know, I guess I'm slightly bothered by it, but I don't really know what to think, but it seems like something we all should be much more aware of, and something that should be talked about.

The electoral college could still stop Trump, even if he wins the popular vote: Maybe — just this once — state legislators should use their constitutional authority and change how we elect the president.

Really, it's worth reading it. It's not just the popular vote vs. electoral vote; this is much deeper.
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