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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How the Electoral College Can Stop Trump

I feel as if I have been put into a London fog, a somnambulant state, where my fellow citizens -- including the journalistic elite -- mill around, nod uncomprehendingly, and mumble to one another in monosyllables about not much of anything.  
This seems to describe my emotions as I watch the American political system grind on during the continuing primary season.  While there are a few instances of responsible journalistic sources -- and the article below represents one such source -- the TV-dominated political discourse has created one of the most frightening situations in my memory.

Granted Trump is said to support Social Security and the social safety net in general.  But for how long?  Can this man be trusted?

Your author here grows rather weary of the Trump campaign.  It is already of a nature which defies logic and rational thought.  It is almost pure emotion, and emotion largely of the hyperbolic and vitriolic kind.  Historically, this is the most dangerous kind of movement.

For the Trump campaign is more a movement than a campaign.  In fact, the campaign still shows signs of weakness -- the lack of state grassroots organization, and the continuing wins by Cruz.  But that may not matter.  If we are truly in the midst of a rising social movement -- one based purely on emotion mostly fear, along with the threat of violence toward opponents -- we have entered new territory in Presidential contests.  And no one can predict what can happen in such a situation.

Really, only an effective counter-movement can stop Trump now.  Rather than wait for such a movement to magically materialize, we must all pull together and do our part to change the direction of this campaign.   We can do this by spending time reading up on how demagogues have been stopped in the past, and by volunteering for and donating to other candidates and causes.  We can also create boycotts of advertisers who support media outlets who give Trump a free ride.

It is dangerous to simply wait on the sidelines at such a moment as this.  Let's not wait until November to hope for a last-minute Electoral College rescue.

How the Electoral College Can Stop Trump

Concluding thought:   How can we persuade legislators in the states to intervene and stop the election of Trump as the article above suggests?  Is this possible?  TMP says, of course this is possible.  But there must be a sea change in the way the media is currently operating.  At this point, I will take any sign of hope that this sea change is beginning.  

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