Posts Tagged 'Republican'

Russian Hacking

email-symbol-on-laptop-screen_318-62662.jpgDid Russia “hack” the election?  Depends on your definition of “hack.”  Is it embedding malicious software into a system to control it or destroy it; or is it putting together a login with a password and downloading private/non-public information?  We suspect that governments around the world do the latter; at least the Snowden leaks went into some revelations in this area.  But usually this information stays out of public light.

The “Russian Hacking” is reported to have leaked internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Clinton campaign and several of their higher ups in the organization and campaigns.  The emails were released through WikiLeaks throughout the ending months of the 2016 elections.  There are no allegations that votes were altered, machines tampered with, extra votes cast, or any other direct manipulation.  The only affect would be to sway public opinion about the inner workings of individuals within an organization (I would even say that the DNC is a private organization not governmental, with members that may be seeking or holding government positions). Continue reading ‘Russian Hacking’

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The Day After

Just some thoughts for the day.flag_of_the_united_states

Everyone appears to be shocked by the outcome of the election.  But here are some themes that the USA should not be surprised by.

America loves an underdog.  29% was the chance that fivethirtyeight gave for a Trump win.

Name recognition.  People knew who Trump was before he ran for the office.  He may or may not be a successful business man, but the brand is known.  His view of press was that any press was good.

Americans do not like to be told what to do.  Trump tapped this so easily; suggesting that the media is supporting the other side since the first negative story.  Any story that had a negative view of Trump was now put in a bin of distrust because the media likes the Democrats.  Any one of the Trump missteps would have sunk any campaign; here is a list from the “biased” media.

America has been divided by the two party system.  If your not on my team, then I am not supporting you.  My party can do no wrong; your party can do no right.  Republicans showed up and voted for a change after 8 years of a Democrat.  We also have the echo chambers where one can go to have our thoughts reinforced with the side of the story we believe.  Looking at you: Fox News, MSNBC, Brietbart, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Gawker Media, etc, etc.  If you want to be informed you have to research the contrary side that is not being reported by which ever group is cherry picking facts/ideas that support their view.  Continue reading ‘The Day After’

Donald Trump and America

debate%20logoThis appears to be the take away from the third debate: if I lose, the election was rigged.

When asked if he would accept the results of the election, Donald Trump said the following:

“I would look at it at the time.” [What? I think it would be good to understand the process and know that there will be a winner and a loser, and it could be you] Continue reading ‘Donald Trump and America’

VP Rules

Image result for seal of the vice president of usRecent Bob Corker comments as to who should Donald Trump select as his running mate has made the rounds this week.

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The qualifications for VP are the same as for the President:  at least 35 years of age; natural born citizen; and presumably could not have previous served 2-terms as president (for the B. Obama and B. Clinton fans)- although this last one has not been tested in the courts.

One other consideration:  the 12th Amendment.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President…

This happened with Dick Cheney, who was a resident of Texas along with GW Bush.  So prior to his announcement he changed his resident status to Wyoming.

If Ivanka joins the ticket, If she does not change her residency from New York, then New York’s 29 electoral votes would not be available to that ticket.

The other calculation would be to create a ticket with the broadest appeal, or strategic selection, as in a popular candidate from a swing state with a large number of electoral votes (e.g., Ohio, Florida).

So this is basically a non-story, but I just wanted to provide some background that may not be provided in other news sources.