Spotify "Hamilton" Original Cast Recording by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Various Artists
Today is a "Free and Fair Elections" day. Between Russian hacking of the DNC and State voter registries, the FBI's thumb on the scale, and voter suppression in states like North Carolina, I'm by no means convinced that the fix isn't in.
(Honestly, I'm sort of annoyed at Democrats, who had 8 years to try to fix or at least bring attention to the voting irregularities that have been taking place for years. I'm also a little disappointed in the Clinton campaign. Weren't they supposed to be world-class behind-the-scenes schemers? Machiavellian mastery in countering GOP dirty tricks was part of the Clinton brand, for me, but Wikileaks revealed the whole operation to be surprisingly straightforward.) I guess its stands to reason that whoever's in power won't want to fool with the system that got them there. But, at some point, the people need to demand elections that don't seem so shady, even when the outcome doesn't favor us.
But that's for later. For now, it's time to take a couple of moon shots to maybe keep Trump from getting to the White House at all. Since he lost the popular vote by a number approaching 2 million, and since we don't know the extent of Russian meddling, and since he's entirely unqualified for the job, it's fair to ask the Electors to be #faithless as part of their duty.
Today's Action(s) Daily Action rules: 1. Do at least one thing every day. 2. Social Media can help, but social media alone doesn't count. 3. Journal it with detail or it didn't happen.
Today I signed this petition at Change.org asking the Electors to switch their votes from Donald Trump. This is highly unlikely to have any impact, but it's a roll of the dice that can't hurt anything. Trump's loss of the popular vote, his ineptitude in these first few days of transition, and his unpopularity among traditional Republicans might be enough to sway some folks. It's worth a shot.
I also signed this petition asking for an audit of the election in states where paper ballots are used. We know that, NC, PA, WI, and FL all showed Hillary ahead, all dealt with Russian hackers, all had her winning the exit polls, and all had her lose by narrow margins. This should at least be investigated.
I mislike petitions, however, and signing them doesn't feel like enough. So I also tracked down this list of Electors and this list of Elector addresses in Wisconsin. My thought is that a lot of individual letters may have more impact than one petition with a lot of signatures.
Wisconsin is a good choice because of the close margin there, the possible fraudulent activity there, and the reputation for moderation in that state. I wrote the following letter and will mail it today to each address that can be discerned from the form (which I think is all of them).
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to respectfully ask that you reconsider any plan to vote for Donald Trump when the Electoral College meets on December 19. Here are some important factors which make this election highly irregular and should have an impact on your vote:
- According to the NSA, Outside influence from Russian hackers may have corrupted our results.
- Donald Trump is historically unqualified to be President, or to represent conservative principles and ideals.
- Clinton won the popular vote by over 1.5M votes, and the margin Wisconsin is thin enough to raise questions in the absence of a recount.
Please carefully consider these points as you carry out this important responsibility. The future of our nation may be at stake.