This is the page where I will place my writings that may help one's
understanding of the issue discussed.
Some say the Electoral College is not
fair. The founding fathers
devised the Electoral College to make fairer the power of the individual
states. We are a nation of
many states, or rather a nation of many nations united.
If America were simply one Nation not consisting of individual
sovereign states then the Electoral College would not make much sense. (Grant it, "State Sovereignty" is today
founding fathers debated the issue of how the President would be
selected. A simple popular vote was rejected as it would give
greater power to the more populated states. Each state "having one
electorate" was rejected also because it would give an undeserved
level of power to the less populated states. Thus the current electoral
College was devised to more evenly distribute the power among the States
yet determined by population.
consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives also were
devised to give a greater weight to the smaller states.
The population of each state determines the number of
Representatives, giving more power to the larger states.
The Senate membership is two for each state giving equal power to
each, regardless of size.
The Electoral College consists of two votes for each Congressional
District plus two for each state, the same formula as for the Congress.
State determines how the Electoral College divides the Electoral votes
between the candidates. Most states provide for a “winner take all,”
giving all the electoral votes to the candidate that wins the state.
Other states will allow a dividing of the electoral votes. In
those states each District’s electorates are won by the votes cast
within the district. The two
statewide electorates are decided by the votes for the candidates that
carries the state. The States in their sovereignty allow how the electoral votes
are divided or not.
individual parties prior to an election decide the individuals who cast
the electoral votes. It is necessary for the parties to have ready those chosen
should their candidate win the electoral votes.
When a Presidential Candidate wins the electoral vote the
individuals selected cast their vote at the capital of their state.
diminished power of the states it may well be time for a change, however,
the Electoral College is the system we currently use to select our
president. Like it or not
that is what we have. The
individual vote together has the power within the state to carry that
state. But it is the individual states, together with a compromised power base that
elects our President.
- Roger W Hancock ©
June 2, 2004
primary fight and subsequent change provides an opportunity to define
the purpose of a primary.
Those who do not like having to declare
their party affiliation in a primary election do not understand the
A primary is to narrow the field of candidates to
a few that represent the various political parties.
It is for the parties to decide who their candidates will be for
the actual election (General Election).
one can and maybe should argue that the primary selection process should
not be a public election at public expense.
I believe it probable that the primary began as a means to fund the
process from the government coffers.
should be able to certify that candidates follow the tenets of that party.
"Do away with parties." It
would not happen for coalitions would form to build power and effectively
act as the party system does now. Conservatives
would draw together and Liberals would draw together with the others
becoming the ineffectual third parties. Thus no parties are still parties.
It is the
Freedom we enjoy that caters to a two party system.
We do not tolerate parties that hold power by weapons as sects of
the third world nations do. Those who wish to change our foundations band together for
change and those who wish to embrace and maintain America’s foundations
band together. Thus
America’s greatness facilitates the two party system that we know today.
September participate to select the candidate of your party then vote for
the best candidate in November.
Roger W Hancock © June 30, 2004
In the November General Election of 2004 the
citizens of Washington State voted in a Top Two Primary. in a Top
Two Primary only the two candidates with the most votes will move on to
the general election. This will inhibit the third parties from
having any candidates in the General Election. The Top Two Primary
restricts the voter's selections in the General Election. to only two
candidates. Those two candidates may be of the same party
excluding all others in the General Election.
If I understand it correctly the Top Two
Primary is open to vote for any party. Not keeping the primary closed,
requiring selection of party, is contrary to the court's decision that
the blanket primary is unconstitutional due to its restricting the right
of association. I expect the court battles to continue.
Update #2: Early in 2005 the court overturned the Top
Two Primary for just the reason I stated above. I expect we will
return to a primary where the voter will select the ballot for the party
they wish to help choose the candidates for.
W Hancock © December 24,
essence of Socialism is the Government distribution of wealth.
Socialism is the Government regulating all jobs, regulating
prices by government control of markets. Taking from those
who produce to give to those who do not (the Robin Hood principle,
except executed by the Sheriff of Nottingham) Socialism sounds
nice, in theory, as it would provide for those unable to provide for
themselves; the poor and needy.
Socialism, where it has been tried, fails in practice. The lazy
refuse to produce living off the rest of the workers. The most
successful cease to produce more because incentive to produce
would not exist. The monetary incentive for the average man to
work harder is the same as the next man who produces little. We
see that happening in Union Shops where additional monetary incentives
Incentive by one being able to increase ones lot in life has made
America the greatest society ever. The poor and needy are better
provided for by willing contributions of those who can afford.
Government control and diversion of wealth through taxation has always
shown inefficiency at its best. Those who are in the government
that hold the power become the elite living a greater standard than
their "equal" brothers.
the world there is no country that has a greater distribution of
wealth then the United States. We have a better working model
within our modern republican "socialist" democracy for the
"distribution of wealth" than any socialist country has ever
W Hancock © August 2, 2004
The subtleness of the cold
war has allowed the advances of socialism into American society and
law. America has moved left towards a more socialized society taking
from those who have to give to those who have not. The distribution is
allowing the “dumbing down” of the citizenry. Those who do not have
and do not wish to work are enabled a lifestyle greater than many of
those with the dignity to adhere to the Judeo-Christian values of the
work ethic that made America Great.
America becoming a blend
of Socialism and Capitalism provides a working model that is more
successful than any other models of purer Socialism or Communism.
America has the greatest distribution of wealth than any other Country. I
dare say any other country ever or at least any country that has had any
longevity. The “taking away from those who have to give to those who
have not” will only be tolerated by the working class and capital
class people before they retaliate. When there are fewer workers
willing to work and there is less wealthy to invest capital the system
begins to be weakened by a lack of financing.
America was made great by
entrepreneurial spirit of those willing to work hard and risk investing
their capital. The free enterprise system within the Republic form of
government has allowed advances in technology, agriculture, and service
industries. The means to move from the poor class to the middle
class then to the richer class has made America the desire of the
America is shifting
towards a philosophy that in working models has failed. But then, those
who see the existence of a class of poor as wrong taint the
understanding of that failure. America's poor is far richer than
the poor of the world. There is inherently nothing wrong with a
class of poor as long as government does not oppress them by physical
means or by over taxation. The poor is taxed no matter whom you direct
the taxes to. Tax the corporation and the tax trickles down to the
consumer. Tax the rich and they then require more return on their
investment to make the risk of capital worthwhile.
America has become the
greatest nation the world has ever known. America has created the
greatest distribution of wealth the world has ever known. Will we learn
from the successes or will we keep trying to re-invent the wheel?
Diversion from the proven weakens the spokes of the American
Dream. The dream will become elusive as the chuckholes of change break
the weakened spokes of a previously proven wheel.
When there are no rich there will be no industry.
No industry, no jobs. No jobs, no hope. In the lack of investment and
the ability to better oneself the system will not sustain itself. When
the government controls all industry and assigns all jobs the monetary
system becomes a system of credits. All may become equal but at the
expense of suppressing the competitive human spirit.
Man excels best when his efforts overcome adversity. Man excels
best in a competitive environment.
Socialism suppresses excellence.
W Hancock © November 11, 2004
Fascism 101 - The deceit
Fascism gains ground by the
uninformed masses believing all that tickles their fancy.
Whether truth or not when proclaimed by those in government and
in the media the message will be believed by many.
Adolf Hitler gained his power by proclaiming that which he felt
the people wanted to hear. Once
Hitler gained power he then could push his agenda of ethnic and genetic
The gaining of power is the goal of
fascism, by what ever means to obtain that end.
Truth has no value. History
is an enemy. The voice of
the opposition must not be allowed.
The opposition must be demeaned to such an extent as to destroy
its credibility in the minds of the public.
Religion must not be tolerated.
Those with a devout faith will stand on truth even to their own
death. Call them religious
zealots so their message is not listened to.
Those who stand on principle are enemies to the quest of power by
is under siege by those who would deny the truth of
’s founding documents. They
demean the words of the founding fathers saying they were anti-religion
when in fact many were devout in their religious beliefs.
Christmas is an American tradition, and is under assault by
progressives that claim they do not want to offend. Those same are all
so willing to offend the majority who hold to the American tradition of
is victorious when the majority keeps quiet.
becomes its own enemy when it is not defended by those who hold dear its
principles, that liberty does not oppress.
W Hancock © December 24,