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Bob Meade - What goes around . . .

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As we witness a tidal wave of petulance spreading across the country, we are in a notable moment in the history of this great nation. Individuals are being encouraged to assemble in protest, riot, and obstruction of the normal processes of our government. As the petulance continues, it can only lead to anarchy, chaos and the absence of our government system. At the root of the petulance is hypocrisy.

Our "professional politicians" are at the root cause of the hypocrisy as they seek only to keep and grow their tenure and the power and the profit it brings to them. Their intentions are made to sound well-meaning and intended to benefit the citizenry but, in reality, those intentions are mainly to grow and solidify a base of voters who will keep them in power.

In recent history, we have experienced the Gore vs. Bush and now the Clinton vs. Trump, electoral vote issue. Those on the left were adamant that Gore would have won Florida's electoral votes had it not been for the "hanging chads." However, the facts are that the Gore side did not want a full recount, they wanted it limited to those counties they thought would benefit their candidate. (Multiple post-election independent studies all confirmed that Bush won the state.) Further, and perhaps more important, is that the Gore team wanted to use the court system in order to stall and delay the final recount of the votes so that Florida's electors would not get certified in time to be able to cast their votes in the national election, about a week later. (Electoral College votes are cast on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.)

After that election, many on the left bemoaned the existence of the Electoral College. They wanted only a popular vote; a democracy. However, although we democratically elect our representatives, we are a republic . . . we elect the representatives who will vote on our behalf. It is doubtful that at our founding, or today, the states would agree to be anything other than a republic as, if we were, the large majority of smaller states would lose their voice and suffer the tyranny of the majority . . . those handful of states that have extremely large populations. Although many thought their candidate should have won, the people accepted the results and George W. Bush became the fourth president to have won the presidency without having won the popular vote.

Today, we have our fifth president who has been elected without having received the popular vote. As the founders understood, in order to prevent the tyranny of the majority, the smaller states had to have a voice. The Electoral College has 538 representatives. That number exactly matches the number of representatives and senators of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Now, on a daily basis, we watch as protesters riot for a variety of reasons. "Students" at colleges and universities riot, trash, burn, and injure as they terrorize and refuse to allow anyone to speak who does not comport with their left wing ideology. We have yet to see professors or other faculty or administrators try to calm the situations or speak in defense of the First Amendment. Other riots and protests have all the appearance or orchestrated events . . . professional signs, coordinated timing across the country, widespread media coverage with "guest" speakers readily available to speak on behalf of the protesters, and so on. Sadly, people of stature and influence, politicians and academia, do little, if anything, to support the electoral process.

The late speaker of the House, Democrat Sam Rayburn of Texas often said, "What goes around comes around." He knew that an action taken today could have a consequence tomorrow . . . and not always what you want. A few years back, Democrat Senate Leader Harry Read changed 240 years of tradition by changing the Senate's "Advice and Consent" procedure, eliminating the minority right to filibuster presidential appointments, except for presidential appointments to the Supreme Court. He did so to allow President Obama to expand the number of federal judges in the district courts and, in doing so, to appoint only Democrat-leaning judges, thereby "stacking" the courts in order to achieve majority left-leaning jurists. That single action not only warped the Advice and Consent process, it paved the way for the administration to circumvent the deliberative law-making process in the Congress – shameful and harmful to the Constitution's separation of powers!

Now political leaders, by both their actions and, in many cases their unwillingness to stand for what's right, are allowing/encouraging the riotous march to anarchy. In their attempt to de-legitimize President Trump they either fail to see that anarchy will either destroy our great nation, or be overcome by a stronger police or military presence. A Hobson's choice of the worst kind.

Sam Rayburn was right.

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)