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Month: August 2016 (Page 2 of 2)

Electoral College

There are tons of the people that are asked how exactly a Presidential Nomination happens and unfortunately too much of the population doesn’t vote which is really and utter shame in a truly democratic system. There are people that would literally sacrifice anything to have something like this in place in their home countries.

I asked fellow co-workers and friends (all Americans!) and none could tell me so I figured there some much needed explanation required.

1) Each party/candidate submits a slate of electors to the state election board.
2) On Election Day, voters go to the polls and vote for their favorite candidate.
3) The election board counts up the votes.
4) The electoral slate associated with the candidate that received the most votes gets to cast the states electoral votes.

This method is true for 48 states. Nebraska and Maine different slightly in that electoral votes could be split based on over all vote and the congressional district winner.

There is much criticism regarding this method since it is possible that a presidential candidate could win the nomination without really having won the popular vote. This last happened in 2000’s with bush being elected. I’m sure you remember the huge controversy in Florida and the recounting. Some system is better than o system and it is somewhat representative of the political party being favored in that state. The real issue now becomes that the swing states are the favored campaign targets for candidates so there is no real campaigning done in the entrenched states of respective political parties. Also it does leave room for faithless electors among other uncertainties which has happened in the past but only very rarely.

Hopefully this helps clear some of the questions and gets you up to date on the issues. The important thing to remember is that we must use our given right to vote and elect!

Fragmentation of America

These days it is impressive to witness the many sects that are being represented by our political system. There are hundreds of different charts and graphical methods of classifying belief systems and political ideologies. Here in the United Stated we have a serious fascination with trying to segment and divide ourselves into like minded groups. This seems like quite a monumental task given the fact that we are all unique freethinkers, whether we would like to take advantage of that blessing or not is up to the individual.  It is interesting to think that every race here in this country has had some struggle dating back to the early pilgrims. They struggled to settle here and make this country their own. Followed by the Native American, African Americans, Asians, and the of course the Hispanic and/or Latino.

Every job application I have ever filled out seems like there is some question about being Hispanic and/ Latino either under race or ethnicity. Sometimes they only ask whether some one is or isn’t or Hispanic/Latino. I personally have to categorize myself as this but my true heritage is European, having some French, Spanish and Swiss three generations removed. I always wondered if this played any significant role in me being called back for a job or not, whether the recruiting folk at XYZ company would see my application and say ” I think we don’t have enough Hispanic and/or Latino’s hes got the qualification, lets hire him”. I would hope that at the end of the day people are given jobs due to merits and actual qualification for the job and not just to fulfill some government quota for race diversity.

Getting back to my point. Most Americans are just trying to live their lives in peace and security. They have their jobs, their families, their mortgage, their student loans and their sacred weekends. Many have no understanding of the world around them and the true suffering that occurs everywhere around us. My mother grew up in a small town in Nicaragua during the socialist revolution when the country was tearing itself apart with civil war. People were being captured, tortured, killed just for who they new or what their political views where. I had an uncle Jailed for five years because he disagreed with the people that ended up taking power. Our family eventually had to pay to get him out. Dead bodies on the street, skirmishes at all hours, a total breakdown in society and the economic fabric of the country. So I tell you that when she did make it to this country, humility and appreciation for the lifestyle here are just some of the traits that defined her. This is one of the major things that I believe is lacking. The news outlets try to cover the war torn countries and bring you images of death and destruction but all this seem so far away and detached from our everyday lives. We as American in this great nation live a very privileged life here. Relatively safe for the average law abiding citizen. To me the American Dream is this feeling of safety and comfort. Not the white picket fence or the little house in the burbs. The ability to say and scream at the top of your lungs what you  truly believe and feel and not be punished, sent to jail or killed. I have spoken to countless soldiers that have served and many can relate to these comments. They tell  me “people back home don’t understand how good they have it”. I for one tend to agree with them.

I pray that we as a nation can come together more in appreciation and humility driven by genuine concern for the well being of future generations, and not by our self-interest agendas. It is good that we stand firm as a leader and example, though not perfect at least with hope and determination all obstacles are overcome.

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