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Amtrack – Somewhere in the southwest / 1 October 2013 / s.a. bort

ELITIST PROGRESSIVES AND RURAL BUMPKINS

Woodrow Wilson profoundly influenced today’s Progressive Movement. Most uptown Democrats now view themselves and their kindred of good birth as more adept at overseeing our country than constitutionally-inspired voters—-those rural bumpkins.

Heritage.org‘s Ronald Pestritto wrote of Wilson having envisioned an administration “properly the province of scientific experts in the bureaucracy. The competence of these experts in the specific technological means required to achieve those ends on which we are all agreed gives them the authority to administer or regulate progress unhindered (italics mine) by those within the realm of politics. Persons or institutions within politics can claim no such expertise.”

Wilson wanted the constitutionality of “popular consent” and “elected representatives” out of the way of his bureaucracies of unelected regulators.

FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE – Wilson’s 1916 Campaign

Today’s Progressives, in the vein of New York Times’ Jill Lepore (her quote cited here by reason.com‘s Radley Balko), talk up Wilson as “an intellectual, the first U.S. president to hold a Ph.D., and not just any intellectual: he had a law degree.”

“Conformity will be the only virtue. And every man who refuses to conform,” Balko quoted from Wilson, “will have to pay the penalty.”

He “believed in an activist, imperialist presidency,” Gene Healy wrote (cited by Balko), stressing: “Wilson believed God ordained him to be president, and acted accordingly.”

Contemporary Progressives like astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye “the science guy,” and former Vice President Al Gore, garner esteem from the Left as Great and Powerful regarding predictions of climate change.

Dailycaller.com‘s Michael Bastasch reported an Instagram quote from Progressive, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) [AOC], who warned her supporters on May 23, 2019: “The climate crisis is real y’all. [G]uess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country?”

Meteorologist Ryan Maue, Bastasch noted, quickly interjected: “I thought this was fake but it’s from @AOC Instagram story. No idea what she means with ‘casual tornadoes’ and how this line of severe thunderstorms is proof of any ‘climate crisis’. It’s just the weather in D.C. pic.twitter.com/r015cScVZg— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 23, 2019″

The next day, per Bastasch, Maue added: “The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate. Let’s try an easy analogy: Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door. Climate is your closet wardrobe. pic.twitter.com/mmdLr6F2mD — Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 24, 2019″

Inappropriately outfitted for weather change?

These Wilsonite, elitist experts peer down their noses at Hillary Clinton’s simple-minded, rural deplorables who dare to challenge Nobel-Prize worthy, climate-science equations.

A May 14, 2019 Zogby poll statistically supported Trump owning a 60% job-approval rating among rural residents.

In an Apr 17-30, 2019 Gallup overall job-approval poll, Trump earned his highest Gallup overall-rating up to that time period—46%.

In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary won a 48.2% plurality of the countrywide popular vote. Trump won a 46.1% plurality of that vote. Third-party candidates and non-voters made up for the rest. None of them won a majority (more than 50%). Trump lost the popular vote, per above, but he won the EC vote, 304 to Hillary’s 227.

Progressives, today, have prioritized abolishing the Electoral College (EC). Hillary lost the 2016 election to Trump largely due to the existence of the EC, so they have deduced that abolishing it will help eliminate the possibility of another presidential loss.

Citizens can’t vote on everything that needs voting on in government. They have jobs, families, and their own multitude of responsibilities. So, they elect qualified, full-time representatives to vote for them. Because America is a Representative Democracy, in 2016, Electoral College electors were voted for, in a purely democratic, popular-vote manner, to represent the citizen voters (you and me) within each state.

All of each state’s EC electors, then, were allocated to whichever candidate received the most citizen votes within their respective state (except in Nebraska and Maine, which have more complex, proportional rules). The candidate who gathered the most EC electors from the citywide and countrywide sum of states became the president.

There are good reasons for having a Representative Democracy with an Electoral College that represents all of the individuals within their states toward the election of our president instead of a purely democratic vote—minus the representative electors in-between.

Peter J. Wallison of realclearpolitics.com (after clicking on url, scroll down for article) warned: “If we abandoned the Electoral College, and adopted a system in which a person could win the presidency with only a plurality of the popular votes we would be swamped with candidates. Every group with an ideological or major policy interest would field a candidate, hoping that their candidate would win a plurality and become the president.

There would [be] candidates of the pro-life and pro-choice parties; free trade and anti-trade parties; pro-immigration and anti-immigration parties; and parties favoring or opposing gun control—just to use the hot issues of today as examples.”

We the People / Alexander Hamilton / U.S. $10 bill

Marc Schulman of historycentral.com explains from the founders’ perspective: “Hamilton and the other founders believed that the electors would be able to ensure that only a qualified person becomes President. They thought that with the Electoral College no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as a check on an electorate that might be duped. Hamilton and the other founders did not trust the population to make the right choice. The founders also believed that the Electoral College had the advantage of being a group that met only once and thus could not be manipulated over time by foreign governments or others.

The Electoral College is also part of compromises made at the convention to satisfy the small states. Under the system of the Electoral College, each state had the same number of electoral votes as they have a representative in Congress. Thus no state could have less than 3.”

Without the EC, the above Zogby poll’s recent 60% rural job-approval ratings for Trump, effectively, would be eliminated in 2020 along with any rural voting power. Progressives, solely, would steer our country for as long as cities remain larger and more progressive than rural areas, a fact that they’re no doubt aware of.

The Electoral College and Representative Democracy have worked just fine for over two-hundred years. Since America’s founding, there have been only five times that a president won the EC vote and lost the popular vote. The EC should not be abolished by unelected, progressive regulators.

THE GATHERING STORM

Ten years ago, in 2009, a rural storm gathered strength from the fury of the Tea Party and the 9-12 Movement. Balance of power in the government, after the November election, shifted positively for the Right as a result. That same fury is swirling again.

We Surround Them! / The late Andrew Breitbart speaks on the steps of the Colorado State Capital / 13 September 2010 / s.a. bort

This new storm was conceived in the immediate days following two careless mistakes by the Progressives.

First came the heartless smiles and applause as New York Governor, supposedly Roman Catholic, Andrew Cuomo, proudly signed legislation allowing abortions up to birth.

The second came, not long afterwards, when the apparently mindless Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, opened his mouth on a radio program about what really happens behind closed doors in Planned Parenthood-funded abortion clinics—abortions after birth.

Because of those two events, Eight states already have enacted (or are set to enact) “heartbeat” legislations which effectively make it a federal crime for doctors to perform abortions after a heartbeat is detected.

Expect more rural-controlled states to follow. Expect the storm to build. Northam really helped out his fellow Democrats on that one—seemingly, for Progressives, a genetic trait of arrogance and naivety.

Perhaps under the spell of certain young, far-Left, House of Representatives members, Progressives have started pushing a too-far-Left agenda, too fast and too furious. What Cuomo and Northam did was to cross a line that the far Left doesn’t seem to think exists anymore. It does exist. Cuomo and Northam traveled way too far beyond Roe v. Wade, way too fast. Two big mistakes.

Whatever happened to the moderate Democrats from before the last election? Suddenly, there doesn’t appear to be any left.

Here’s their biggest mistake of all. Hillary and the DNC screwed Bernie Sanders out of becoming the 2016 Democratic nominee to run against Trump. Bernie had the support to win the nomination. Hillary and the DNC cut a deal so that Clinton would become the nominee. Bernie, apparently with no guts to fight back, kneeled to their majesty.

High-powered Democrat, Donna Brazile (who is now, curiously, a “contributor” for Fox News Channel) actually opened up and wrote honestly about that fatal deal in her book, Hacks.

Bernie had the support to beat Trump. With Bernie as president, there presently would be no Benghazi scandal, no Hillary private-server scandal, no Fast and Furious scandal, no Wikileaks effect, no Mueller Report, no phony FISA dossier, no Russia hoax, no Uranium One scandal, no questions about Biden and son making millions in Ukraine, China, and Romania and leaving a crack-smoking pipe in a rental car, absolutely none of that at all. It would all have been swept under the rug by Bernie.

But, Hillary wanted it, and she wanted it all. She really helped out her fellow Democrats on that one, just like Northam did. Add greedy to the genetic makeup of Progressives.

Hillary’s loss to Trump in November of 2016 was, without doubt, the biggest mistake that the Democrats have made in decades, maybe even centuries. Democrats (actually just about every voter, despite their party affiliation) didn’t even conceive of a Hillary-loss. The Progressives should have gone with Bernie.

A girl hugs a woman as she watches voting results last night at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, where Hillary Clinton held her election night event. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Democrats and Republicans alike agree that Trump is set to win the 2020 Republican nomination. If the House, before then, succeeds in impeaching him, and they very likely will, then the Senate most likely won’t complete the job.

With Trump’s positive job approval ratings, the highest of which are with rural states at about 60%, and with his stellar re-working of the American economy, the elitist-expert Progressives are set to run out of tricks from their bag sooner rather than later. That doesn’t mean they won’t keep dogging him, though. That will happen until the 2020 election and probably beyond. Add obstinate to their genetic makeup.

All because Hillary lost the election–we now have the coup-planners from Obama and Hillary’s DOJ and State Department within weeks, at the most, of going down with indictments and prosecutions from the grand jury that’s already been in session in Connecticut, the Inspector General (IG) Horowitz report that’s about to come out, the upcoming report from Utah’s U.S. Attorney Huber on the Clintons’ role in all of this, the zeal of Attorney General (AG) Barr for cleaning up the DOJ’s reputation, Barr’s recently appointed Special Council Durham (with prosecutorial power) for investigating the Obama/Clinton scandals and coup attempt, and Trump’s recent de-classification of the “Bucket 5” of DOJ evidence that certain House and Senate Committee members and Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch have been trying to obtain for years now to put the final pieces of the plot together.

The Russia Hoax / Gregg Jarrett

Hillary wanted it all and lost it all, Then, Progressives stupidly attempted a coup to take Trump down, and the far-Left is traveling too far too fast. Arrogant. Naive. Greedy. Obstinate. Oh, and did I mention them being Wilsonite elitists? They have been and are self-destructing, while the new storm swirls, and abolishing the Electoral College won’t change the coming weather.

by: s.a. bort