Wm. Salyers believes that is was necessary for Hillary to campaign in person in Michigan.
Lawrence Maushard

I only know one other person who sounds like you when he writes: a hardcore Trump supporter who lives in Arkansas. I will admit, though, your spelling and grammar are better.

I’m going to give you a lesson in American governance, completely free of charge. You’re welcome!

See, we don’t live in an actual democracy. That would mean one person = one vote. No, we live in a representative republic. That means that our Presidents are elected through something called the Electoral College. It’s composed of people who form a representative group in each state and cast that state’s votes as proxies for its citizens.

This system makes states effectively “all or nothing.” If your state is “safely blue” or “safely red,” it’s electors will vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate, respectively, no matter who you cast your individual ballot for.

I live in California, a state on the west coast of the U.S. It’s — guess what? — safely blue! Yes, that’s right! It was never, never, never, never, never not going to go for Hillary Clinton; and you know what? It did.

Some people who live in safely blue or safely red states (like Wm. Salyers) enjoy engaging in something called “strategic voting.” That’s what it’s called when you use your ol’ noggin to figure out how your vote can do the most good!

Strategic voters generally don’t like to vote with the mass herd that is going to send their safe state one way or the other beyond any reasonable doubt; they prefer to try to actually make a difference.

Ironically, their carefully considered vote can lead to mean ol’ people with tummy aches — like Larry Maushard — calling them all sorts of names, because they see voting as — well — more like checkers than chess. They like it to be simple and straightforward.

Thus endeth the lesson.

We should probably leave it there before you have a stroke, bud, but I’ve got lots of time. Ball’s in your court.


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