Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sur les chaînes françaises, on préfère les crétins qui ne connaissent des Etats-Unis que les lieux où les gauchistes se réunissent pour trépigner en vase clos


Quand vous regardez la télévision française, vous devez savoir qu’on vous ment presque sans cesse et qu’on tente de vous lessiver le cerveau
accuse Guy Millière qui va reprendre un terme inventé par un bloggueur de No Pasarán (pour désigner Libération) il y a une douzaine d'années.
J’ai quitté la France, entre autres, parce que je ne supportais plus la Propagandastaffel à la française.

Je n’y reviendrais pas s’il ne venait de se passer ce qui s’est passé sur BFM Télévision, une chaîne sur laquelle j’ai été invité une seule et unique fois, pour commenter l’attentat de Charleston. Je n’ai pas été éjecté du plateau, mais mon intervention a été immédiatement effacée du site de la chaîne, à la façon dont au temps d’Hitler et de Staline on effaçait des photographies ceux qu’on venait d’éliminer d’une balle dans la nuque.

Une femme que je connais bien, une amie, une personne qui sait de quoi elle parle, a été invitée à commenter les cérémonies inaugurales de la présidence Trump. Dans un immense effort de pluralisme qui a du leur déchirer le cœur, les programmateurs de la chaîne ont invité cette femme. Ils savaient qu’elle connaissait les Etats-Unis réels, ce qui représentait pour eux un risque : sur les chaînes françaises, on préfère les crétins qui ne connaissent des Etats-Unis que les lieux où les gauchistes se réunissent pour trépigner en vase clos.
Ils savaient qu’elle était conservatrice à l’américaine : à l’idée d’inviter une conservatrice, ils ont dû être au bord de la crise de nerfs. En général, les conservateurs à l’américaine sont maintenus loin de tout micro. Ils savaient qu’elle soutenait Trump : dans un contexte où, sur tous les plateaux de télévision, on n’invite que des gens qui détestent Trump, à la rigueur des gens qui disent un peu de bien de Trump tout en lui trouvant de gros défauts, ils ont sans doute songé que c’était l’audace absolue.

Ils n’ont pas songé que cette femme pouvait dire la vérité. Et, comble de l’horreur, elle a dit la vérité !
Qu’a-t-elle dit ? Trois phrases sur Barack Obama. Juste trois phrases :
«Je remets en cause son patriotisme et sa dévotion à l’église qu’il fréquentait. Je pense qu’il était en désaccord avec lui-même sur beaucoup de choses. Je pense qu’il était plus musulman dans son cœur que chrétien. Il n’a pas voulu prononcer le terme d’islamisme radical, ça lui écorchait les lèvres. Je pense que dans son cœur, il est musulman, mais on en a terminé avec lui, Dieu merci».
J’aurais pu prononcer ces phrases. Obama n’a cessé de nuire à son pays et au monde : non seulement on peut remettre en cause son patriotisme, mais on doit dire qu’il déteste les Etats-Unis. Obama n’a jamais été chrétien : il a été musulman, puis est censé être devenu membre d’une église antisémite adepte de la théologie noire de la libération, la Trinity United Church of Christ. Tout montre qu’il est resté plus musulman que chrétien. Il n’a jamais utilisé les mots islamisme radical. Le monde en a terminé avec lui. Juifs et Chrétiens ont parfaitement le droit de remercier Dieu.

Sur des chaînes de télévision américaines, même les plus à gauche, CNN et MSNBC, ces phrases auraient pu être prononcées dans le cadre d’une discussion.

En France, celle qui les a prononcées s’est vue couper la parole et le micro, puis a été immédiatement exclue du plateau.

Un site de crétins gauchistes désinformateurs pour lecteurs crétins gauchistes sans neurones a vu l’émission et a fait un article pour dénoncer BFM. Le directeur de la chaîne (je ne citerai pas son nom, il ne le mérite pas) a répondu, je cite : «ce sont des propos inacceptables sur notre antenne. On les condamne fermement».
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Au sein de la Propagandastaffel à la française, BFM est la chaîne de télévision la plus «ouverte», ce qui en dit long sur les autres.

La femme qui a dit la vérité s’appelle Evelyne Joslain. Je lui apporte ici mon entier soutien, et je lui transmets le sentiment renouvelé de ma vive estime.

Elle est l’auteur de l’un des trois livres lisibles sur Trump : le mien, Après Obama, Trump ?* (une suite est pour bientôt), celui d’André Bercoff*, et le sien, Trump : Pour le meilleur et pour le pire*.

La population française n’est pas informée du tout : elle a le choix entre un lavage de cerveau constant et la nécessité de chercher ses informations ailleurs, comme les Allemands qui en avaient assez de Goebbels devaient essayer de capter Radio Londres, comme les Russes au temps de l’Union soviétique devaient tenter d’écouter Radio Free Europe. C’est répugnant.

La quasi-totalité des journalistes français sont des imposteurs.

C’est une honte et un scandale.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

‘Isolated incident’? Violent episodes from the Left are beginning to feel like Groundhog Day; As long as the Left remains self-righteous, it will continue to terrorize the rest of us


As long as the Left remains self-righteousness, it will continue to terrorize the rest of us
warns Benny Huang at Conservative Review.
Pop star Madonna let everyone know that in the era of Donald Trump she’s choosing love over hate—though the decision was apparently very difficult. Speaking at the Women’s March on Washington, the aging “material girl” mentioned that she’d spent a lot of time wallowing in thoughts of blowing up the White House. Thankfully she decided against it though not because she had any moral qualms about terrorism. It’s just that, according to her, blowing up the White House “won’t change anything.” It’s good to know that Madonna opposes killing the First Family and a slew of incoming staffers for purely tactical reasons. 

It occurs to me that Madonna was doing nothing more than virtue signaling—that is, demonstrating what a good person she is without doing much of anything. She wants a pat on the back for not succumbing to political terrorism as an outlet for her rage. If that’s not a testament to her loving nature, what is?

This is the same woman who produced a music video on the eve of the Iraq War in which she tossed a hand grenade at a George W. Bush look-alike. After filming, she decided not to release that video for fear that it might be misconstrued as anti-military. But can you see the pattern? Whenever someone Madonna doesn’t like occupies the Oval Office she indulges her darkest assassination fantasies.

Madonna’s speech, just like the march itself, relied heavily on the theme of love conquering hate. She began by shouting “Welcome to the revolution of love!” to the adoring audience. The crowd responded with about as many hoots and hollers as when she admitted her terrorism fantasies several minutes later. She ended her speech by leading the crowd in chanting “We choose love.” This basic dichotomy of love on one side—their side—and hate on the other, has become so hackneyed that I can hardly believe that people still use it; but they do. Like a one-trick pony, the American Left reaches for different variations on this dummy-proof bumper sticker slogan over and over again, usually to the exclusion of reasoned argument.

One clever version trotted out in 2016 was “Love Trumps Hate,” a double entendre that played upon their hate object’s surname. For another example, think back to California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that allowed Californians to decide how they would define marriage. The name of the initiative was unfortunate because it lent itself so easily to the disparaging “No H8” meme. When the choice was presented in those terms—love on one side and hate on the other—it wasn’t easy to stand against the forces of “love,” no matter how vengeful and bilious they proved to be.

The reason this love-versus-hate juxtaposition is so often employed is because it’s effective. Why learn another trick when the old one works so well? Politics is a propaganda war and we conservatives have been on the losing side of it for a long time because we don’t see it for what it is. A well-framed, emotionally-charged slogan does more to persuade than a million think tank white papers. That’s just reality. The intellect matters less than the heart—and the gut matters most of all.

Far too often, conservatives’ ineffectual response to the love-versus-hate formulation is to point out that the other side is pretty hateful too. Which it is, of course, though I would caution against drawing any equivalence. While the Left is clearly nastier, they are also shameless which means that no amount of highlighting their vitriol ever makes them blush.

Even in Madonna’s speech, the one she kicked off by welcoming the protestors to the “revolution of love,” she still said “F–k you” to her detractors. And the crowd roared. But that’s different, you see, because Madonna was merely hating on haters. As the hack journalist Jonathan Capehart once said on MSNBC, tolerance “should not be a two-way street.”

And clearly it isn’t. On the same day Madonna spoke, across the country in the other Washington, a Trump opponent shot a man in the stomach outside of a Milo Yiannopoulos event, mistakenly believing him to the Trump supporter and a white supremacist. In reality, the victim was a Bernie Sanders supporter.

 … Can’t you just feel the love?

‘Isolated incident!’ the Left shouts. Well no, not really. Episodes like these are beginning to feel like Groundhog Day, only less funny. The scene in Washington State wasn’t quite so different than the one in Washington, DC. On Inauguration Day in the nation’s capital 217 leftist “protestors” were arrested and six police officers were injured, in addition to lots of smashed windows and a few scattered fires. The AP report labeled all counter-Trump voices at the event “protestors,” even those who were clearly engaged in wanton destruction. Other media reports were quick to point out that the so-called protests were “mostly peaceful,” a throwaway line that reporters like to include whenever people on the Left engage in mayhem, lest anyone draw broad generalizations. Left-wing riots aren’t really riots, you see, unless it can be proven that every person in attendance took part. The old “mostly peaceful” canard is never used when the protestors are conservative. When conservative protests are entirely peaceful, the media focus instead on what potential violence might happen in the future or on the protestors’ “tone.”

It seems that there are so many “isolated incidents” of leftist mayhem that we should stop seeing each one in a vacuum. For those with eyes to see there is a clear pattern. Leftists convince us to ignore the pattern by accusing us of judging the “protestors” by a few supposed bad apples. Funny how many bad apples seem show up at anti-Trump rallies all across the country, just as they showed up at Black Lives Matter events, Occupy events, anti-Iraq War events, anti-WTO events, and wherever else two or more leftists scheme.

What happened in DC was not a peaceful protest gone wrong. It was a pre-meditated riot gone right. Responsible journalists should stop talking about it as if it were anything else.
 
Of course, not everyone in attendance necessarily got the memo that the whole thing was slated to be an orgy of destruction, though they would have to have been naïve not to foresee what eventually happened. An organized coalition promised that they would wreak so much havoc that DC would be shut down. Does that mean that every protestor who attended was part of this coalition? No, though they would have been treated that way if it had been conservatives crashing a hypothetical Hillary inauguration. Even still, anyone who attended the Washington riot and pretends that he thought he was taking part in a nonviolent protest is either lying or stupid.

Yet no matter how many times we point out that there is just as much hate on their side—if not more—they brush it off. In their minds, their hate is not hate because they only hate people who deserve it. Never for a moment do these people lose faith in their own goodness. They don’t doubt that they are the most benevolent, the most open-minded, and the most accepting of all people; in other words, that they are liberals in the truest and finest sense of the word. If they occasionally fantasize about killing the president that’s not really hate because a) they don’t actually follow through with it, and b) the president kind of deserves it.

My hope is that some day the scales will fall from their eyes and they will see what grotesque monsters they have become. It’s a long shot, I know, but it may be our only chance for survival. As long as the Left remains self-righteousness, it will continue to terrorize the rest of us. If only we could strip them of their unshakeable conviction that they are the good guys they might start to see what demented psychos they have become. This is will be no easy task, of course, because most leftists have dehumanized their opponents so thoroughly that they don’t see hating them as a fault. It isn’t even hate. …

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Are conservatives free to fight back when vicious charges are leveled at them designed to instill fear and chill dissent?


The Left has learned nothing from the election of Donald J. Trump. The hysteria of the progressive crybullies, infected with a vicious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, grows unabated. The smearing of anyone who disagrees with “racist,” “sexist,” and “bigot,” has depreciated the meaning of the words, lessening their sting. The constant usage of such labels has exposed the Left as being filled with hacks.

The Democrats are the “There You Go Again” Party in everything but name.
But that is not the main message that Benjamin Weingarten offers in his Conservative Review piece.
While the Left has failed to learn any lessons, those on the Right must seize on the lessons of the 2016 election.

We ought to take a page from the playbook of Trump, who has almost singularly provided us with a golden opportunity to redefine the terms of battle, no longer fighting on leftist ground. For Republicans and conservatives has been liberated from the PC thought police. We are free to fight back when vicious charges are leveled at us designed to instill fear and chill dissent.

As former speaker Newt Gingrich has perceptively noted, Trump has been a masterful media manipulator, getting media members to chase so-called “shiny objects” — “Can you believe Trump said X!?” ad nauseam.

Mr. Trump’s version of stray voltage has a number of effects beyond just causing chaos and distracting his opponents. When everything is an outrage, nothing is an outrage. And when everything is an outrage, you expose yourself as a purely partisan actor, turning off large swaths of the American public.

Trump’s lack of fear of touching politically incorrect third rails that millions of Americans felt, but which had not been articulated so bluntly by a national politician, served him well. Incidentally, it also allowed him to shift the Overton Window on critical issues like immigration and Islamic supremacism.

When attacked for taking these positions, unlike those to come before him, Trump did not avoid the fray. Rather, he jumped into it, counterpunching.

Lulled into a false sense of security by Republicans who fought with their hands tied behind their backs, constrained by suicidal rules of political engagement for decades, the Left did not know how to react when hit.

Leftists could not believe that a political opponent had the gall to actually fight tooth and nail.\

Trump does not give an inch to his critics, and neither should any other Republican. He defines the rules of engagement, and so should all on the Right.

Watching the confirmation hearings to date, we see many on the Left jabbing as if we are in a pre-Trump world. Their questions all hew to the same old narrative that if you are not a racist, sexist, or bigot, then you are an out-of-touch plutocrat or a shill for some special interest or other.

Like Trump, Republicans should challenge these charges head on. They should take issue with the Left’s premises from the start, showing that it is the Left who is projecting when it tries to discredit those who believe in capitalism, the power of the individual, and the sanctity of the individual’s rights, the rule of law, national sovereignty, federalism, and the Judeo-Christian morality on which the country is based.

When leftists attack an attorney general designate because he is a white male from the South, they should be attacked for judging based on color of skin (rather than content of character) and for trying to bruise an appointee who will not stand for open borders, selective law enforcement, and politicized justice.

When leftists attack a secretary of education designate because her family is wealthy, they should be attacked for their anti-capitalism and hypocrisy, and their real desire to bloody an appointee because she believes that the Left’s own constituents — and indeed all Americans — should have the opportunity to send their kids to superior schools, rather than being doomed to a subpar education because it mollifies a teachers union.

These attacks are designed to put not only the appointees, but also all right-thinking people on the defensive — to fear reflexively a false premise because those premises have prevailed among the progressives who dominated media, academia, and government for decades.

We should no longer live in fear — for the Left thrives when we self-censor and accept its baseless premises.

Trump did not, and he won the highest office in the land.

Yes, the Left will continue to claim scalps. People will be fired for contributing to one cause or another or committing a thought crime in the eyes of progressivism. But the more we resist, thwart, and turn the Left’s fire back around on itself, the more the Left will be outraged, marginalized, and alienated from sensible Americans.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the Civil War Between Right and Left, Only the Latter Fights Ferociously


It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth
writes Dennis Prager in Townhall:
America is currently fighting its second Civil War.

In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.

This Second Civil War, fortunately, differs in another critically important way: It has thus far been largely nonviolent. But given increasing left-wing violence, such as riots, the taking over of college presidents’ offices and the illegal occupation of state capitols, nonviolence is not guaranteed to be a permanent characteristic of the Second Civil War.

There are those on both the left and right who call for American unity. But these calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the right and liberals, but not between the right and the left.

Liberalism — which was anti-left, pro-American and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America; and which regarded the melting pot as the American ideal, fought for free speech for its opponents, regarded Western civilization as the greatest moral and artistic human achievement and viewed the celebration of racial identity as racism — is now affirmed almost exclusively on the right and among a handful of people who don’t call themselves conservative.

The left, however, is opposed to every one of those core principles of liberalism.

Like the left in every other country, the left in America essentially sees America as a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, warmongering, money-worshipping, moronically religious nation.

Just as in Western Europe, the left in America seeks to erase America’s Judeo-Christian foundations. The melting pot is regarded as nothing more than an anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic meme. The left suppresses free speech wherever possible for those who oppose it, labeling all non-left speech “hate speech.” To cite only one example, if you think Shakespeare is the greatest playwright or Bach is the greatest composer, you are a proponent of dead white European males and therefore racist.

Without any important value held in common, how can there be unity between left and non-left? Obviously, there cannot.

There will be unity only when the left vanquishes the right or the right vanquishes the left. Using the First Civil War analogy, American unity was achieved only after the South was vanquished and slavery was abolished.

How are those of us who oppose left-wing nihilism — there is no other word for an ideology that holds Western civilization and America’s core values in contempt — supposed to unite with “educators” who instruct elementary school teachers to cease calling their students “boys” and “girls” because that implies gender identity? With English departments that don’t require reading Shakespeare in order to receive a degree in English? With those who regard virtually every war America has fought as imperialist and immoral? With those who regard the free market as a form of oppression? With those who want the state to control as much of American life as possible? With those who repeatedly tell America and its black minority that the greatest problems afflicting black Americans are caused by white racism, “white privilege” and “systemic racism”? With those who think that the nuclear family ideal is inherently misogynistic and homophobic? With those who hold that Israel is the villain in the Middle East? With those who claim that the term “Islamic terrorist” is an expression of religious bigotry?

The third significant difference between the First and Second Civil Wars is that in the Second Civil war, one side has been doing nearly all the fighting. That is how it has been able to take over schools — from elementary schools, to high schools, to universities — and indoctrinate America’s young people; how it has taken over nearly all the news media; and how it has taken over entertainment media.
 
The conservative side has lost on every one of these fronts because it has rarely fought back with anything near the ferocity with which the left fights. Name a Republican politician who has run against the left as opposed to running solely against his or her Democratic opponent. And nearly all American conservatives, people who are proud of America and affirm its basic tenets, readily send their children to schools that indoctrinate their children against everything the parents hold precious. A mere handful protest when their child’s teacher ceases calling their son a boy or their daughter a girl, or makes “slave owner” the defining characteristic of the Founding Fathers.

With the defeat of the left in the last presidential election, the defeat of the left in two-thirds of the gubernatorial elections and the defeat of the left in a majority of House and Senate elections, this is likely the last chance liberals, conservatives and the right have to defeat the American left. But it will not happen until these groups understand that we are fighting for the survival of America no less than the Union troops were in the First Civil War.
Update: The Prager article was mentioned by Newt Gingrich in a TV interview

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"We Couldn't Believe Our Ears" Say Shocked MSM Reporters: Conservative Writer Thrown Off French TV for Opining Obama Might Be Muslim

A pro-Republican author in France was expelled from a television show during the Donald Trump inauguration after "shock" at her "rather hallucinatory rant."
Mind you, Evelyne Joslain did not say on BFMTV that Barack Obama was a Muslim, but that he might be Muslim, in his heart, specifically, that "I believe Obama is more Muslim in his heart than Christian." This led to shock throughout the French media, with Marianne calling it "surreal" and Télérama declaring that "we couldn't believe our ears." Indeed, the (very) few people who leaped to her defense were said, all of them, to belong to… (wait for it) le Fascosphère.

The questions (regarding Evelyne Joslain's alleged "misplaced words") that the members of the mainstream media (uncharitably called by some, "presstitutes") of any country, including America itself, never ask and never answer, is the following: what is wrong with being Muslim anyway — given that we are constantly reminded how wonderful, or at least how normal, the religion of peace is and its adherents are — while how insulting is it not to think that the leader of a Western nation is Christian — given the fact that we are constantly reminded how obtuse, how retrograde, how racist, and how superstitious those oafish believers are.

And why shouldn't a person be allowed to believe that a certain leader, or a certain type of a country's population, is hateful towards the country (or towards the majority of the population thereof) that he leads or that they live in? We hear about hate and hate thought and hate crimes all the time, don't we? Are only members of the right supposed to belong to such a group? Well… that's exactly the point… ain't it?
The same outrage came up in America itself as the presidential campaign was slowly getting underway when Donald Trump, asked if Obama is a Muslim, "did nothing at the time to disabuse the man of this notion and the candidate has since taken considerable heat for his nonresponse from just about every quarter, including that paragon of justice and honesty Hillary Clinton" (Roger Simon).

Time to head over to PJ Media's Instapundit where Glenn Reynolds and Ed Driscoll have some choice comments, while Jim Treacher, Andrew Klavan, and Brian Gates take the media's double standards a step further in the obligatory snarky section.


Roger Simon went on to point out the following:
Is Obama a Muslim?  The answer is no.  But what is he then?  Is Obama a Christian, as Jeb Bush asserted in an attempt to make Trump look bad after Thursday's dustup? Not a chance.  Obama is about as pure a post-modern agnostic as you can find.  He's about as Christian as your average gender studies professor at Swarthmore. Religion is for the [44th] president a convenience, an instrument of power.
What Evelyne Joslain didn't, and doesn't, understand is that nobody, but nobody, is allowed to criticize Barack Obama, or even put his words into doubt, since he is not a professional politician (or at least not a professional politician in the traditional sense) but something closer to a sainted figure, a light worker, a near-messiah, who is trying to transform the nightmarish hellhole that is America into a European paradise, a place where Americans will finally be so lucky to have as high taxes as Europeans do, as much red tape as Europeans enjoy, and as many bureaucrats as Europeans have.

Indeed, the taboo on saying anything negative about Obama seems coupled with the right, indeed almost the duty, to say nothing positive about people like a George Bush, a Sarah Palin, and — last but definitely not least — a Donald Trump…

That's the real story: nobody is allowed to question the immortal pronouncements of the left's paragon of virtue (whether concerning his private life or public policy), and nobody, more generally, is allowed to question any part of the left's PC narrative.

Related: • Are conservatives free to fight back when vicious charges are leveled at them designed to instill fear and chill dissent?

• ‘Isolated incident’? Violent episodes from the Left are beginning to feel like Groundhog Day; As long as the Left remains self-righteous, it will continue to terrorize the rest of us

• In the Civil War Between Right and Left, Only the Latter Fights Ferociously

• Sur les chaînes françaises, on préfère les crétins qui ne connaissent des Etats-Unis que les lieux où les gauchistes se réunissent pour trépigner en vase clos les lieux où les gauchistes se réunissent pour trépigner en vase clos

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The 2016 Vote and the Electoral College System Explained — With Help from the European Union

To better understand the 2016 election results in the United States,
it is perhaps helpful to make a comparison that brings in 
the European Union.

Below are 5 points regarding the importance (or lack thereof) 
of Hillary Clinton's victory in the popular vote,
and to what extent it is correct to portray 
her election loss as a scandal.

(The following is meant to be a neutral description of the 2016 election 
as well as of the reasons and concepts explaining America's electoral college, 
since, as I never cease to say, no one was more appalled in March 2016 
than I when Donald Trump emerged as the GOP's candidate…)

Let us start by quoting Mark Twain, 
who, if you remember, said that
there are three kinds of lies — 
lies, damned lies, and statistics.

FIRST of all 
— and what I am going to say will sound
like withering criticism of America, but it is in fact

nothing if not an entirely neutral and dispassionate
observation —
the United States is (get ready for it) 

NOT — repeat NOT — A DEMOCRACY. 

Sounds like a shrieking Trotskyite protester 
from the 1970s, right? (Or from any other era,
not least the present.)
Still, it is true.
The U.S. is not a democracy
(just like France is not a democracy).
It is a republic.
(C'est la RF, la Répubique Française,
pas la DF, pas la Démocratie Française…)


What is the difference?
A Democracy is a government of men,
it is rule by the majority (which sounds
pretty good, until the majority becomes a mob);
A Republic is a government of laws,
it is a rule by the majority,
coupled with protection for the minority
(for the political minority).

SECOND
the United States of America is not a country, not in
the same sense as Denmark or France or Columbia is;
it is a federation, a union (50 states), somewhat like
the European Union (28 nations), but in the final count 

somewhere in-between a country and the EU. 
(The same applies to places like Brazil and Mexico
— 26 states in the República Federativa do Brasil,
31 states in the Estados Unidos Mexicanos.)

THIRD: 

Both the Republican Party and the Democrat Party 
campaigned according to the system in place, not the system 
not in place. Neither was going for the popular majority,
they were going for the victory in the number of states, 
i.e., for victory in  electoral votes.
They knew the goal, that is how they campaigned, and, 
no, there were no unpleasant (or, rather, no unfair) surprises.
You might as well protest that you have calculated that
a hypothetical loser in a specific country's one-vote 

system would have emerged the victor had that country 
adopted an America-style electoral college system.
(Yeah, very interesting, but… so what?)
But the "Democratic" system is undoubtedly better,
you counter? Not sure — read on:

FOURTH: 
Because the citizens of one state feel pretty
knowledgeable about how their state will their turn out
(when they don't, and the state is "up for grabs",
that's when it's referred to as a swing state),
many of them will not bother to vote — just as neither party's
candidate will bother to spend much (or any) campaign time
there — knowing the effort is unlikely to change anything. 


Thus, for instance, neither Hillary nor Trump 

made many campaign stops in California. Meanwhile,
conservatives in the Golden State will not bother to 

leave their homes to vote (knowing it is futile), 
which they certainly would do, if the rule-book allowed  
for a one-vote system (thus changing the popular votes 
back, perhaps decisively, perhaps not, towards the right).
This brings us to the fifth and final point:

FIFTH:
Whatever you think about Hillary and/or Trump
— and I have said time and again how horrified
I was when The Donald won the GOP nomination —

the fact remains, whether you like it or not, that
the Republican candidate won the popular vote
in state after state, from East to West and from
North to South, over and over and over again,
in 30 states (i.e., 30/50).

But because California is (by far) the most populous state,
its winning majority turned the simple state majority into
also the national majority.

Whomever you favor in this contest, shouldn't the fact 
that one candidate won the national vote by nearly 
3 million votes be (at least slightly) tempered by the fact 
that 4 (!) million votes of that candidate's 65 to 66 million 
result came from 1 state out of 50 (California)?

Shouldn't the fact that the winning candidate lost the popular vote
in 30 states out of 50 cause you to pause? (Indeed, imagine 
if it were the other way around, and a winning Republican had won
the popular vote, but also only because of one single state
(Texas?) out of 50.)


Possibly you will recover and say, "Erik, all that is very nice, 
but in the end, it's immaterial, isn't it?" and possibly you will
continue insisting, "So what?! The total amount of votes
is still more fair! Hillary still wins!" 
Well, as it turns out, this is precisely not fair, not at all; 
indeed, it is precisely the kind of local unfairness that the 
"Founding Fathers" sought to prevent when they invented 
the electoral college for their republic (not for their democracy)
— to prevent one single state, or, more accurately, one section 
of the country (or of the Union), from dominating all the others.

Try to imagine this on a European level.
Imagine that in a more unified European Union,
a continental vote has one of two EU candidates win
the popular vote in, say, 20 nations out of 28,
from Denmark and France to Estonia and Greece.

But because the 28th nation is the most populous, the candidate
who wins in Germany wins the whole game, meaning the
eight nations "allied" with it (so to speak) beat out
the 20 lesser-populated countries' choice.

How many times would there be elections,
how long would the EU endure, before all other nations
woke up to the fact that their votes didn't matter, that Germany
(like California in the U.S.) was the dominant member, and indeed,
that they started growling about getting ready to follow the UK in its Brexit vote?!

No. The above scenario shows why, if 

the EU did want to go ahead with "a more closer union",
countries like Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal would
refuse a system based on the one-man-one-vote, because
they would become totally subjugated by the more populous 
countries — and who could blame them for that?

Countries like France, Germany, and Italy, on the other hand, 

would counter that a system in which each country has the 
same amount of votes is ridiculous and unfair, amounting to 
the loss of rights for tens of millions of people when their 
nations have five to 10 times the populations of their smaller 
neighbors — and who could blame them for that?

This is precisely the debate that occurred
between the 13 former colonies, the small
states (Delaware, Connecticut, South Carolina…)
and the large states (Pennsylvania, Virginia,
Masachusetts…), in the 1780s.

Indeed, let us leave the Old Continent
and head back across the Atlantic:
The result of the debates in the summer
of 1787 is the United States Constitution:

• In America, the compromise between small states and large states
on the legislative level led to the two-chamber legislature,
the Senate and the House of Representatives.

• On the executive level, the compromise is a 

combination of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
It is called … the electoral college.