THE MID TERM ELECTION OF 2018
AND WHY NOVEMBER?
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on November 08, 2018 - reprinted with permission
A little background. The Presidential party loss of seats in the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections goes
all the way back to 1826 when Andrew Jackson's supporters took revenge on John Quincy Adams for winning the Presidency
in a House vote when Jackson had won a larger plurality of the Electoral College votes over Adams but not enough to win the
Presidency. It was one of the dirtiest political fights in American history and succeeded in defeating Adams in the next
Presidential race which he lost to - Jackson.
Since 1826 there have been 47 mid-term elections. The President's party lost seats in 41 of them (87%). Trump did not beat
the odds. The scorecard now reads 48-42.
I have no problem with the mechanics of it. After all, the country has survived it 41 times including when it happened to
Lincoln in 1862. However, I admit I find it very difficult to believe Nancy Pelosi when she talks bi-partisanship and finding
common ground. I think on the first day of business when the D's take charge of all the committees the only thing that will be
coming out of the House of Representatives will be a massive "blue wave" of investigations and subpoenas which will tie up the
House and by extension the government for the next two years. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it actually play out.
It really is Nancy's choice.
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -Lord Acton
There are very few mistakes people can make that are worse than giving one political party total, unchecked control of
government - at any level. The last time we did that here in Nevada was 2014 when we handed the entire state government
to the Republican party. Every Republican candidate ran of the standard platform of small government and low (no higher)
taxes. Then they went to Carson City in 2015 and hit us with the biggest tax increase in the history of Nevada, with the
full cooperation of the Democrats, of course.
In 2015 I thought the Democrats probably had to double the soundproofing in their caucus room so the Republicans could not hear
the gales of laughter at the sheer stupidity of the Republicans actions. Of course the R's paid the price in 2016 and here in
2018 have been rendered irrelevant, a fate they richly deserve.
So, who's the big winner? Government, Incorporated. The SEIU, Inc. - AFSCME,Inc. - NSEA,Inc.. - Police and Fire, Inc. - State
of Nevada Employee Association, Inc. - Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities,Inc. - Nevada Association of Counties, Inc. (NACO).
The losers? Every single private sector citizen in Nevada. Is Nevada going to degenerate into chaos with riots in the streets
and burning buildings? Of course not. We are about to live that great observation by - sorry, I don't know who - "I am constantly
surprised at how much abuse people will take from their government."
Here's a taste of how the smug arrogant elite ruling class who are now in charge of Nevada government rewrite reality to further
Sometimes the regressive statists on the left come up with a total "world is flat" position and try to pass it off as some kind
of deep thought everyone should blindly embrace.
The Las Vegas Sun's editorial on 10/15/18 moaning about the lack of civics knowledge among adults and school kids was blatantly
untrue. The editorial says, "don't blame schools or teachers. Blame right wing opponents of public
education . . . .
"Really? Here are a few questions:
Is it right wing conservatives getting on cable TV screaming the the U.S. Senate is a disgrace to democracy? NO.
Is it a conservative multi-billionaire spending millions trying to destroy the Electoral College? NO.
Is it conservative professors teaching the snowflakes the First Amendment's free speech clause is antiquated and worthless in this
age of micro-aggressions and safe places?
That the concept: "I hate what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it" must
be changed, by intimidation and force if necessary to I hate what you say and will do everything I can to shut you up? NO.
This vicious attack on the fundamental principles of our republican (small "r") system are coming from a venom spewing radical regressive
statist left in the education establishment and the media, like the Sun.
The statists are selling snake oil that says if only the "right people" (them) had total control of the political system everything
would be wonderful.
Always remember: "The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights
of man." -Thomas Jefferson
Allen can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal law in the United States since the 1840s has required that the presidential election be held every four years on the first Tuesday after
the first Monday in November. In modern society, that seems like an arbitrary time to hold an election. Yet that specific placement on the calendar
made a lot of sense in the 1800s.
Prior to the 1840s, the date when voters cast ballots for president would be set by the individual states. Those various election days, however,
almost always fell in November.
The reason for voting in November was simple: Under an early federal law, the electors for the electoral college were to meet in the individual
states on the first Wednesday of December. And according to a 1792 federal law, the elections in the states (which would choose the electors)
had to be held within a 34-day period before that day. Beyond meeting legal requirements, holding elections in November made good sense in an
agrarian society. By November the harvest would have been concluded. And the harshest winter weather would not have arrived, which was a major
consideration for those who had to travel to a polling place, such as a county seat.
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