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From Michael A.:
What would you like to #AskJesse?
I understand your position on the electoral college and election by popular vote, but if you remember why the founding fathers set up the electoral college was to allow people to have a voice, by that I mean it was suppose to keep a balance between the cities and the farmers and regular country. If you have way more people in the cities than those that do not live in the country, then those are not truly represented by election and the balance of power completely shifts to one way. SO therefore if do you believe in the total elimination of the electoral college will the cities then get complete control of the country?
No, I think it was because they had no communication and had to send people from all the states to Washington to figure out who the President was. That’s why it was created. For guys to go on horseback from all the 13 states and arrive in Washington like delegates and they would vote according to how their people voted in their individual state because we didn't have computers, we didn't have telephones and we certainly didn't have the internet. It has nothing to do with the city or the country people. That has nothing to do with the electoral college.
They have control of the country anyway. See, tha’ts the big joke on the electoral college. People believe that somehow they're represented with the electoral college – they're not. Because, if I were to run for president, where do you think I'd spend more time campaigning, California or Montana? I would spend it in California. Why??? Because California has more electoral votes – Montana has what? One or two? They're going to concentrate where the big massive electoral colleges are, which, of course, is Ohio, Michigan, New York, Texas, Florida, California...where population is the densest. Those are the places that have the most electoral votes. It's a misrepresentation for people to believe because they live in a rural area that somehow the electoral college somehow represents them. Yeah, maybe one vote! And then the people in the cities get 15 votes. So whats the difference??
And not only that but the election should be the popular vote! It's that simple. For Present, whoever most of the people want to be President should be President! Take the example of George Bush and Al Gore. 500,000 more people wanted Al Gore to be President but George Bush won the electoral college. That's insane. How can you come in second and win? I don't have to explain anything more than that. Al Gore should have been the President but we got this ridiculous electoral college, which is elitism, and thats how George Bush became President. Half a million more people wanted Al Gore – but they were meaningless – that half a million people, they can flush em down the toilet.
The popular vote means nothing in a Presidential election. And all you got to do -- you don't even have to win the majority of states -- just win the big boys! You could win less states than your opponent and still be the President. And that goes right in the face of what the writer said. Because that shows you right there that the majority of the country could go for one person but the person who has all the big cities of the high populated areas will win with the electoral votes too. So you could actually win maybe 15 states out of the 50 and be the president.
All I know is it should be abolished. It's the only election where you can get less votes and win. The only election in America. No other election let’s you do that. Now what does that tell ya, reader? Come on!
From Brian P.
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Just a comment on the Redskins issue. Racism will always be present, as long as people look different in any kind of way. Racism (in my opinion) can be curbed greatly only if government, the media, and everybody else stops talking about race and identifing people by race, and keeping stats by race, and having race as a question on paperwork. When this stops or at least is only used when absolutly needed, people will begin to stop identifing someone or some event or some class of person as a race or color and they will become just an American, which can and should become a new race all in itself.
Well, I'm gonna keep the argument real short on this. I've said it before, it's this simple – you cannot walk up to a Native American that you don't know and call him “Red Skin.” End of story. You could not go up to any Native American that you don't know, a stranger, and refer to them as a “Red Skin.” And that should tell you there's nothing more that needs to be said. It's no different than categorizing anybody else the same way. You couldn't walk up to any other people in the world and call them by a derogatory name and not expect repercussions of some sort.
From Alex M
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Jesse, you have said that the military has great government run healthcare which is why you support some form of government health care for all. With the recent deaths of 40 vets & countless examples of failures from the VA in the past do you still believe your own claims?
I'm a veteran and I can't go to a VA hospital, how do you like that? Shouldn't the VA hospital be for all Veterans? But it's not. You have to qualify to go there. So it isn't like complete Government run healthcare and now we find out it's horrible.
From Manuel M.:
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I admire your courage to speak up about today’s issues. My question is how can you speak badly about our government while at the same time you speak greatly of Fidel Castro and Che who people accused of killing their own people just for having an opinion.
Our government kills our own people with drones, don't they? I say this only because of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. They overthrew Batista who was extremely unpopular a dictator whom the United States favored at the time. Then again, they favored Castro too until he started aligning himself with socialism. That was when our government no longer liked Castro. The point being is, I do admire them for their ability, they led a revolution, they were successful, and they withstood the most powerful nation in the world. Fidel has for 50 years. You got to respect the guy for that, you have to. Whether you agree with him or not. If they killed people, well, unfortunately, when it’s a revolution with guns, people will die. What do you think? You think that when you overthrow a government, you aren't going to have to kill people? I’ve never seen a violent revolution where there wasn’t death of some sort. You guys ever hear of one? I’m not saying that Castro and Guevara are the perfect people but I’m also saying that Dick Cheney and George Bush aren’t either because they advocated torture, they tortured people. I didn’t think the United States would ever do that, but thanks to Bush and Cheney we have.
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