Abolish the Electoral College?

It’s unfortunate that Americans have lost the British outlook on government. To Britons, Parliament is not the government. It watches the government. The Prime Minister puts in place the government and Parliament watches the Prime Minister closest of all.

In America it is not much different, though Americans don’t know that. They don’t know it  because they have come to view the Senate and House of Representatives as the government as well. In practical application this is quite incorrect. The Senate and Congress govern nothing. They legislate. At all times they watch the government. If something needs doing that is not being done, they make a law requiring the government to do it. If the government is doing something that it shouldn’t, they make a law forbidding it.

In substance, the Senate and Congress administer nothing. They watch. They are the watchdogs on government. They are designed to safeguard the country and the people from the government.

Sadly, Americans refer to the government as the Administration. They know the President is in charge of the Administration and appoints the Bureau heads and as the chief executive runs the Administration.

But this outlook should be dropped.

The President of the United States, like the British Prime Minister, appoints and forms the government. The President is the chief executive officer and runs the government. The legislatures watch the President.

The difference between Britain and the United States is this: Britain is a country. The United States isn’t. The United States is a federation. In Britain the party in majority, according to Parliamentary Procedure, appoints the Prime Minster, and in turn the Prime Minster forms the government. Thus the party in majority actually sets the pulse of the government.

But since the United States is a federation, its States in federation must appoint the Federal Government. This is logistically impossible except one way– voting for the individual who will appoint and control the Federal Government: in other words, the President.

People do not elect federations. Countries federate themselves together and have an equal say regardless of their population disparity. The United Nations is a perfect example. Each nation has a single vote. It is not based on population. If it was based on population, China and India would perpetually control the UN. And what is good for China and India may not be the best for every other country and hemisphere on this planet.

The same with the United States. What is good for New York may not be best for New Mexico.

The United States is no different than the United Nations. As a federation, the States in federation must have an equal share in appointing the Federal Government. They have this in only 2 real ways. Each State has 2 Senators which represent the State and can pass or block Federal legislation. But most of all, each State has it through the Electoral College, for it is through this College alone that each State can influence who will be President.

The fad to abolish the Electoral College is dangerous. To abolish it is tantamount to a willful dissolution of the federation. There is no reason for any State to remain in the Union if the Electoral College is abolished.

The reason given to abolish the Electoral College is that it is not democratic– i.e. the people do not ultimately elect the President. This false straw man premise is the direct result of Americans believing they live in a country and not a federation. In truth, no federation is democratic. Nor can it be. For the United States, each citizen’s State is their actual country, and each State government is directly voted for by the people. Only because their State has agreed to federation with the others are they automatically citizens of the federation called the United States. If the State withdrew from the Union, its citizens are automatically withdrawn from being citizens of the United States.

All States must have their influence in this federation, and not just one State over the others. Since the President alone forms the Federal Government, the States must all have their chance in influencing this process. Without the Electoral College it is impossible.

Election statistics have shown that a number of presidents have won with slim popular margins– sometimes 500 thousand votes or less. In the case of Bush (II) and Gore, Gore won the popular vote by about 500K, close to the same margin he took New York City. In essence, New York City gave him the popular vote. When looking just at numbers, it may have appeared that 500K more Americans wanted Gore over Bush, but this 500k did not reflect the federation. The number was grouped in a single city, reflecting the desires of a very heavily populated area of a single State in the federation that is quite different in its outlook and needs than the rest of the federation.

In 2000, the Electoral College spoke differently than New York City because it reflected the federation as a whole.  It did so because the entire federation spoke through the Electoral College.

The example of New York City is true of any major city. Without the Electoral College to reflect the entire federation, any major city can ultimately decide who is President– it can be Los Angeles, New York, Chicago. It would be like turning over the UN to China because China has more citizens than any other member of the UN.

But that’s not how federations work. Each member State has its influence through an equal vote.

Again, the United States is not a country. It is a federation. The people never have nor ever can elect the Federal Government. They elect their own State’s government and then according to a fair distribution of electoral votes, the States cast the final vote for the office that will appoint the entire Federal Government, the person who will then control foreign policy as well.

Now imagine abolishing the Electoral College. Why should New Hampshire or Iowa, or any State without a swollen urban culture wish to remain in the Union? There is no real reason. Why should its citizens even vote for President? New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, will constantly tip the scales, and their vote will always be based on their own local outlooks.

Large urban areas in America habitually vote Democrat whereas rural areas vote Republican. This is true even of California. Abolishing the Electoral College turns the direction of the federation over to cities. Only Democrats will become presidents.

Urban verses rural culture is an age old phenomenon of human nature.  The Roman Empire was no different. Rome, Alexandria, bustling with half a million to a million people, wanted perks– the free corn dolia, etc. The outlooks of major cities has always been very different from the citizens of smaller towns and the countryside.

City dwelling culture has always been more self indulgent and self serving. But great cities had little influence after the collapse of the Roman Empire because kings and great nobles abhorred city dwelling culture.

Cities have become influential again in the last 100 years after the fall of monarchies and the rise of America resurrecting ancient attitudes.

There is no need or room for a lecture on the fall of civilizations. But I think all and sundry understand the end result of division. For a federation to seriously entertain abolishing its actual cornerstone of federation shows how education has eroded to self indulgence. People are being motivated by nothing but a slogan level intelligence that continues to preach that the individual voter is not ultimately deciding the presidency. That such a slogan is successful is a testament to self indulgence and ignorance. This “Me Tarzan, You Jane” equation then demands abolition of the Electoral College without even understanding what a federation is or foreseeing the end result of enacting its “Me Tarzan, You Jane” agenda.

It is common to assess the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire to Septimius Severus. He divorced the army from any civilian influence and control. If the Electoral College is abolished, in retrospect historians will affix it as a significant mark in the decline and fall of the American federation. Severus’ precedence turned over the empire to an individual who could control the largest army. Abolishing the Electoral College turns America over to the largest city.

It may take a little time, but the populations of the States will see there is little point in remaining in the Union.

I seldom write of politics, as my readers know. My hobby of pursuing answers to many great mysteries puts me largely outside its discussions, but I have written of matters of logic and logistics before and of the Electoral College. After I removed 200 + blog posts to clear the slate of many topics, some things it seems just bear repeating now.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

 

 

 

 

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The ZODIAC Killer At 50

This is the 50th anniversary of Zodiac’s attack on Dee Ferrin and Mike Mageau at Blue Rock Springs Park on the outskirts of Vallejo. I’m not one for anniversaries, but I will answer some questions sent my way since I have announced %100 matching hand printing between “Steve” and The ‘Zodiac’ Killer.

Q.  Do you think Sherwood Morrill could have identified Steve by his hand printing?

A. Your guess is as good as mine. If you follow my updates page on Q Files where I present samples of printing comparisons, you will see to what extent that Zodiac did disguise his printing. Despite Morrill’s claim that Zodiac was using his own handwriting, I find it hard to believe that Morrill could have identified Zodiac from the few letters he had. It took the “Badlands Letter” (1974) added to the corpus to finally match Steve and Zodiac.

In normal communication, Zodiac kept his pen down and made his letters with one stroke like the rest of us. As “Zodiac” in his letters, he didn’t. This is especially noticeable in his b, p, and a few other letters. He made these with 2 strokes.  In normal writing, his b and p were made with one stroke. The Badlands Letter shows how he naturally made b and p with 1 stroke. He was trying to “hide” his Zodiac identity in that letter. A few times in Zodiac letters he made mistakes. Below, “speaking” is spelled with a p that is 1 stroke rather than his usual 2 stroke p.

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As you will notice, he also wrote a 2 stroke d here. This is very rare. It was usually a 1 stroke. But this letter was one of those that started with him writing very slowly and deliberately. Unless writing very slowly, as above, Zodiac and Steve always wrote on a slant.

Q. Why hasn’t there been a news article about your claims?

A. You have to pander to the news and pitch your story to see if a reporter wants to run with it. I do not do that. That’s how all those stories get published– where a person is lamenting that no one in law enforcement will follow through on his POI. By one route or another the story was brokered. I post matching evidence against Steve on Q Files in order to let my readers know the search has finally ended for me. 6 years looking for admissible evidence. If some people can’t put it together and examine the material, then they can wait for overt declarations when the time has come. I said that the culmination of my case investigation will go through the system. But I keep my readers informed without all the press pandering.

Q. Why is there no official LE news announcement about a heavy duty POI since the printing you showed on Q Files?

A. Again, same as above. I am not within. I am completely independent. There is a difference between identifying and convicting.

Police groupies abound around this case. Their reputation hinges on their appearance that they have insides and represent the infallible amorphous cloud over their shoulder.  I do my own investigation and make my own submissions. Outside of that I do not discuss any contact I have with officialdom until the case is over and there is some relevance to write about behind-the-scenes stuff for clarity sake.

Q. Do you think that regardless of any other evidence they are waiting on a DNA match from a genealogical database?

A. My understanding is that Vallejo PD sponsored that. I have no contact with them. If other jurisdictions wait for that, and are not actively investigating other submissions of POIs, then that would be disappointing.

Remember the big hullaballoo when the announcement was made they have identified “perpetrator DNA” and this was taken to be a positive ID. It’s a big assumption that Zodiac licked his own stamps (I would assume he did). Adoption can delay things as well, and I suspect that could be a problem along that line of approach.

Q. Since you have a POI, can you put him in Southern California during the other crimes?

A. Delicate subject. The arguments whether Zodiac (before he became Zodiac) did some of those murders will be presented in HorrorScope. Personally, I never believed he did the Bates murder. But as to writing the April letters as a sort of thrill by proxy, I was not sure. There is a logical progression between the Domingos/Edwards murders and those of the Swindles– and then Faraday and Jensen.

Q. You mentioned he had mental problems in the Air Force. What was the diagnosis?

A. I have a sort of diagnosis that got him put in psychiatric observation for 4 months before being discharged. But the diagnosis at discharge I do not have. Personally, I suspect that his stay at the hospital turned him into something quite antiestablishment. They could have discharged him 4 months before when the board said he was unfit, but perhaps they wanted to experiment. The 1960s was a time of strange psychological theories. Here they had a specimen for free.

I deduce this because the original examination uncovered insomnia, nervousness,  and anxiety. But he “denied” everything else. They obviously didn’t believe him. Four months of forced observation and testing at a base hospital might have had some real negative effects on him regarding the “establishment.”

To what extent the mental problems influenced his writing styles, I have no idea. One would need the final diagnosis. It is very intriguing to consider this. But I tend to think that Zodiac naturally had artistic abilities.

Q. What if (even with the printing similarities), your man is not Zodiac? There is a lot of chat that handwriting isn’t even considered evidence.

A. A lot of folklore has sprouted. For whatever bizarre reasons, people have submitted POIs and their hand printing. They were so sure of their POIs that when their POIs were eliminated by LE they decried hand printing as reliable rather than questioning their investigative methods that brought them to their POIs.

The last line of the SFPD handbill remains true today: “Available for comparison: Slugs, Casings, Latents, Handwriting.” Handwriting can identify. And that’s what I did. But there is a much more involved search to find all the evidence and backwork how everything was done.

Personally, I could only suspect Steve for 6 years. It angered a lot of people that I wouldn’t take it beyond that. I had a lot of information that fit. But suspicion doesn’t milk the bullfrog. I waited until I finally obtained one of the pieces of evidence above– handwriting, and contemporary handwriting at that. Steve’s matched. He even made the same variations that Zodiac made– such as with his letters (6 and 9 especially). He slanted his writing. He made the same 2 types of “s” the Zodiac made.

See the Updates  page on the Quester Files.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.