What Has Become of the Electoral College?

I’m running for National Delegate (Ted Cruz) #940 and Presidential Elector #516.

Several state delegates have asked me why I am running for Presidential Elector. One delegate raised the pressing question “why does it matter?” and wouldn’t the duties be merely “ceremonial” because electors are bound to vote for the presidential candidate who gets the majority of the popular vote – or the elector is replaced?”

I’ve studied the Electoral College, the history of the development of the 12th Amendment, the current version of “electoral college” and the campaign to eliminate the Electoral College altogether and create simply a National Popular Vote.

I’d like to thank my friends Gary and Carolyn Alder for publishing a small booklet that explains in detail The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College.

Here is a brief summary. I urge you to get a copy of their book, Here is the website.

The destruction of the original electoral college and how the president was elected, has encouraged the destruction of the republic. Coupled with the addition of the 17th Amendment, which changed how the US Senate was elected, the United States is today a democratic republic (leaning democracy) rather than the representative republic which was originally intended.

The framers took great care to ensure that no branch of government would overpower the other and that the states – large and small – would have fair representation.

The quarrels we are witnessing between presidential candidates and their consultants strategically seeking to damage the opponent is magnified by these perversions. The 12th Amendment destroyed the electoral college and is responsible for the national delegate system we have today. While it’s stated intent was to give more citizens a vote (democracy) it actually removed accountability from the people and created a monster – the lobbyist culture that has bankrupt this nation with an out-of-control and ever-growing, unelected bureaucracy.

Let’s examine the original electoral college as a first step to understand what it is today. The Framers of the US Constitution created a complex representative republic with vertical and horizontal checks and balances, reflected in the nominating, selecting and final voting procedure for each branch of government.

Nomination

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 stipulated that each state would designate a number of wise people named electors to nominate the best candidates for president. That number totaled the number of senators and representatives in Congress from each state. Qualifications precluded the members of the state’s federal delegation, elected officials and government employees.

It was left up to the states as to how the electors were appointed, either by the legislature or the people – or most commonly, a combination.

Today that would mean that Utah would have six electors, because Utah has two senators and four representatives. Because there are two candidates in a general election Utah would get 12 votes total. This formula is weighted to favor the smaller states.

The electoral college was created when the colonies were transitioning from equal representation in the Articles of Confederation to a bicameral congress, with one house represented by population and the other house maintaining the equal representation of the Articles of Confederation. This weighting does not disadvantage the more populous states, but it does elevate the influence of the less populous states.

In short, the selection of the best candidates for president was determined by a small number of people. To be an elector was a very important role.

The electors didn’t represent their states’ interests, but rather the nation’s interests. The five candidates that received the highest votes were sent to the House of Representatives if none received a majority of votes. Electors would cast two votes each for two candidates. So Utah, which has 6 federal seats would cast 12 votes.

Selection

Article II, Sec. 1, Clause 3 stipulates another qualification: At least one of the two candidates the electors voted for had to come from outside their state. They did not collaborate with other states, and they were not coerced to vote for the same candidate. These were nominating votes, not deciding votes.

Decision

The tally goes to the US House. The members then each get ONE vote for their state and whether choosing from among the top five or whether breaking a tie, the House makes the final decision. The person with the highest votes was elected President. The person with the highest votes after the President becomes Vice President.

It was expected there would be many candidates, but no political parties needed.

Today the Presidential Elector is a political pawn to serve the Party. The quest was no longer for quality, but for electability. We see this happening in this election cycle. The process diminished the role of elector to merely reflect the candidate the party selected. Because the parties had taken over, they did not like it when the President and Vice President were of two opposing parties. By then the parties did not like the idea of sending the candidates to the House for any reason – including breaking a tie.

So I’m running for Presidential Elector for two reasons: I want to experience being an Elector and I’d like to find ways to restore our Constitution … We are in a constitutional crisis. We need to WAKE UP, AMERICA!

There’s more, but for now this sums it up. If you’d like to read more, get a copy of the book!

Why You Should Vote for Me – for Elector (#516) AND National Delegate (#940)

So in response to the delegate question above, why delegates should consider voting for me for elector when it is merely “ceremonial:

Delegates should consider voting for me for both national delegate  #940 AND elector #516 because I understand what the real electoral college is supposed to be.  I understand how our election system has been turned upside down and perverted, forcing it to become a democracy instead of a republic.  

I have the same view of the Constitution that justice Scalia held: the Originalist view. We are far away from that original intent.

The founders created a constitutional republic. The constitution has been perverted to turn its election process into a democracy that has all but destroyed the checks and balances that they put into place.

Now progressives want to take what is left of the electoral college and turn it into a national popular vote, which would be the final nail in the coffin of the republic.  It would be a democracy that the founders despised because they knew history.

I would like to serve as an elector so that I can follow the rules that a corrupt political Establishment has put into place,  but also then to advocate from experience to restore the republic from what has been correctly described as now merely “ceremonial.”

I would then like to take that experience and broadcast it to help educate people to wake them up from the awful state in which we now find ourselves in this Constitutional crisis. 

I produce and host a daily talk radio show 10 hours a week called The Liberty Lineup.  It is a labor of love.  We are an all-volunteer team.  Its purpose is to stand for liberty and the principles of the Constitution and to expose those elected officials and unelected bureaucrats at federal, state and county levels who are violating the United States Constitution.

For this I am – we are – both loved and hated.

Our elected leaders in Utah for the most part are very uneducated about what the US Constitution means. They talk a lot about it and say they believe in the Constitution but their votes show that they really do not understand at all.  A starting point in making these changes would be to check out their voting records and ask them why they say they are Republican, but they vote with the Democrats.  

I’m looking forward to working with you to restore Liberty and the Constitution! 

Vote Cherilyn Eagar
Presidential Elector #516
National Delegate #940

Common Core, the Left and Advanced Placement History

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On August 25, 2014 conservative columnist and researcher Stanley Kurtz created another slam-dunk in the cultural war in his article entitled How the College Board Politicized U.S.History.

He has appropriately branded the College Board an “unbalanced” “movement of left-leaning historians” whose goal it is to “internationalize the teaching of American history.”

Bravo! Finally our decades-long push back from policies that always originate from the United Nation’s education arm – UNESCO – is making headlines. The International Baccalaureate would have us believe that it is the preferred of the two “advanced” type courses. If I had to choose between the two, it would be the AP for budgetary reasons. Continue reading Common Core, the Left and Advanced Placement History

The Global Road to Ruin Through Education – Iserbyt

The author and Grand Dame of exposing The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, former Senior Education Policy Director for the USDOE, Charlotte Isberyt, has now produced an encore with noted colleagues from around the country that have been sounding the alarm for many, many years.

Cindi Weatherly directed the project and they have laid down a superior and comprehensive series of DVD’s charting what has happened to the United States through the Leftist take-over of education – public, private and parochial. Continue reading The Global Road to Ruin Through Education – Iserbyt

Defining Local Control

The phrase is loosely tossed around these days.  But what exactly does local control mean to you?  Technically, it means that you, the taxpayer, should have an elected representative who is accountable to you at the voting booth for every government function.  You know that you have lost local control when your elected representatives pass measures to set up another commission, agency or outsource privately (privatization) and in effect merge the private sector with the public.

Take education, for example.  Parents have been petitioning for the restoration of “local control” for decades.  Each new generation rises and asks, “Why aren’t you listening to me?”

Today, neighborhood schools have no elected boards – replaced by site-based management teams or unelected councils, but the local decisions have been transferred to the district, and in the last two decades, to the state, regional and national levels. That means less accountability.

Charter schools have erupted everywhere, and while some have elected boards, you don’t get to elect them – or even run for them (unless you have a child in the school or are affiliated with it).  Yet, you are paying for them. Some are run by the state.  Where does that take “local control?”

In my book, that’s taxation without representation.

I thought a graphic would illustrate better than words, so I brought together as many of the players involved in the nationalization of education as I could legibly include on one page.  It shows just how big government has become, how bureaucratic, how out of control – with local control virtually lost.  This must change.

You can clearly see that this bureaucracy has been funded and supported by both the Left and the Right. Have I left out any sacred cows?  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Local Control

Another graphic coming soon: All roads lead to Bill Gates.

To understand how to take back our neighborhood schools and save public education the way it was meant to be, here is a proposed action plan.

We need your help.  It’s a costly campaign going up against this Goliath Bill Gates.  But if David could do it, so can we.

 

Public School Programs Grow Green Propaganda

green global educationAmericans shouldn’t be surprised that liberals are forcing a “green” socialist agenda on us. After all, over the past century we have all been raised on a diet of public school progressive propaganda. We even pay for this propaganda and elect “conservative” representatives that reauthorize federal socialist programs. We ourselves say we’re conservative, and then faithfully send our children off to these public schools to become the next generation of liberals. Just one example of these progressive programs – the Mercedes of them all – is the International Baccalaureate (IB). Continue reading Public School Programs Grow Green Propaganda