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You do realize, 3 of the 5 countries/organizations named are allies? And 1 of the 'enemies' that has annexed part of a country Trump has pushed to be exonerated by letting them back into the G8? And openly praised them. How is that standing up to them? While at the same time alienating allies?  Finally, how has 'standing up to China' been successful by any measure? I'd love to know the success? America has suffered economically by how he has stood up to China. All the Presidents have stood up to China in some form or manner. That is not accurate to say they haven't. We may disagree in how a President has done it but the fact is all Presidents have taken a stance against China and has treated them as non ally.

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Regarding the electoral college. That video has some false points. So, majority rules in EVERY other election, your mayor, your county elections, state wide elections for Governor, the Congress, the Supreme Court decisions but NOT for President? WTF? That's asinine logic. How can the President 'terrorize' the nation if the Congress can override any veto? The Congress controls the purse strings. Only the Congress can declare war? The Congress can impeach and remove the President.

The winner takes all IS terrorizing the people in the electoral college. A simple 51 percent majority that is used in the argument to keep the Electoral College is the same 51% that gets Electoral votes? The 51% argument contradicts itself. 

Third, by using a popular vote, the candidates will be forced to campaign in more states. 40 of the 50 states more or less are already decided electorally. The so called swing states get all the attention and their issues are addressed at the detriment of the majority of the people (same in the primaries). How do you have a national election where candidates rarely campaign in the countries 2 biggest states (California and New York)? That's asinine. It's crazy. In a popular vote, instead of losing all of California , Trump would have gotten 4.5 of the 13 million votes instead of losing all 13 million voters. His 4.5 million voters have no say whatsoever. 

Finally, lets look at the history of the Electoral College. It was enacted for a few reasons, none of them worthy. The country was largely populated by illiterate, landless  European immigrants at the time, and the framers only wanted people with "skin in the game" voting so only white, land owners, and still they didn't trust them and had the electoral college enacted because they didn't even trust them. Secondly, slavery. The electoral college unfairly favored slave states because slaves were counted as 3/5's of a vote but could not vote. The reason we have so Presidents from slave states, specifically Virginia is solely because it had the biggest population of slaves and freed people of the slave holding states. The electoral college skewed all the elections. 

The Electoral College is purely outdated. There is NO valid argument to maintain it today. There really wasn't one back then but today even more so. 

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I will say this. I am not faulting Trump for trying to 'stand up' to China and for trying to get a more equitable partnership from allies. The fact is his efforts has resulted in alienating allies. We are sorely in need of our allies these days. Its great to try and rectify the trade imbalance with China. But the fact remains what he's tried has failed so far. We have spent more giving welfare to farmers than Obama spent bailing out the banks. 

To be fair, Obama and Bush haven't come up with the right methods either, but to call Trump's efforts a success is completely opposite of reality. 

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The advantage of the electoral college is that it promotes fairness from a regional perspective. Individual votes count, but in a way that is represented by states. This prevents 2-3 very large states from overwhelming the popular vote count so that a greater portion of the country can be represented by the government.

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2 hours ago, cavanami said:

The advantage of the electoral college is that it promotes fairness from a regional perspective. Individual votes count, but in a way that is represented by states. This prevents 2-3 very large states from overwhelming the popular vote count so that a greater portion of the country can be represented by the government.

But it doesn't Cav. California and New York are huge states with regional differences already. Orange County in California gave us Nixon and as always been red within the state. California has had pretty much half Republican governors in the last 50 years for a reason. Upstate New York is red. There is a reason they have had a fair share of Republicans such as Rockerfeller and others. States that big are like mini countries. You make a false point that both as an example are  monolithic. 

Furthermore, because its winner take all, it affects voter turnout. Your point is simply not the case. 

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...and choosing his own property as the venue for the next G7 meeting is flat out thumbing your nose at the constitution. That is so impeachable our friend Cav would agree. 

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9 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

The fact is his efforts has resulted in alienating allies. We are sorely in need of our allies these days. I

The Trump administration imposed new tariffs on a record $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union, including Airbus, French wine, and Scottish whiskies. The tariffs went into effect just after midnight after talks between U.S. and European trade negotiators failed to reach a deal. Civilian aircraft will now cost 10% more when imported to the U.S., while the cost of wine, olives, certain cheeses, butter, and other consumer goods will also rise. (CBS News / MarketWatch/ CNBC)

And so it continues

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8 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

...and choosing his own property as the venue for the next G7 meeting is flat out thumbing your nose at the constitution. That is so impeachable our friend Cav would agree. 

Wrong...but they continue their attack on the duly elected president.

“The president has pretty much made it clear that he doesn’t profit,” Mulvaney said. The resort would host the foreign delegations for the G-7 conference “at cost,” he said, adding that the Doral was “far and away the best physical facility for this meeting.”

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9 hours ago, chocolat steve said:

But it doesn't Cav. California and New York are huge states with regional differences already. Orange County in California gave us Nixon and as always been red within the state. California has had pretty much half Republican governors in the last 50 years for a reason. Upstate New York is red. There is a reason they have had a fair share of Republicans such as Rockerfeller and others. States that big are like mini countries. You make a false point that both as an example are  monolithic. 

Furthermore, because its winner take all, it affects voter turnout. Your point is simply not the case. 

...and as long as the USA citizens are being dumbed down with the educational system, we need the electoral college.

...and as long as the USA citizens are being dumbed down with the lying, biased media, we need the electoral college.

Decades ago, the media was much more truthful and the educational system was much better. In the era of Nixon and Rockerfeller, we had a far different environment very much unlike today.

How can the voters make a valid decision when they are bombarded with 24/7 of constant lies and bias from the media? It's called brain washing.

 

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