MoveOn.org is asking Americans to support overthrowing the votes of almost every state in the union, and to support overthrowing our constitutional system of elections — a system which (though not flawless) is respected the world over as the most successful example of democracy in action. Peaceful transfer of power, combined with a commitment to the rule of law (not the rule of men), make it one of the only free nations not darkened by dictators, genocide and oppression.
Love or hate Donald Trump, we are still a nation of laws, and what MoveOn is doing is a criminal act. Whether or not chances of MoveOn’s success are nearly nill, the actions themselves foreshadow a terminal direction in the course of how we do business in America, and should raise alarm.
Nations that live by laws embrace “change” in a democratic way that looks out for the rights of everyone. Imagine if 51 percent of voters decided to put the other 49 percent in camps? That has happened in several countries, all with a single “popular vote.” Well, for obvious reasons, that isn’t how things “change” in America. A vote for a chief executive is not carte blanche for that individual to do whatever they want, though some seem confused on that point.
When Barack Obama swept into office on a tide of “hope and change”, there were many on the right who had grave concerns about what he would do to our country. Many forceful, informed voices warned about what he had planned, based on clear evidence and Obama’s own words. And he has proven even worse than we predicted.
If there was ever an election that might have motivated a party to make a reasoned case for the electoral college to look for legal steps to block a candidate’s ascension to power, that was the one.
But there were no threats of violence, no bribes of electors, no celebrities pressuring electors to break their oaths. There were no legal defense funds being set up to pay the fines of faithless electors. Although there was plenty of vocal opposition to Barack Obama from the right, the peaceful transfer of power took place as it always has in this republic.
So why now the unhinged, irrational rage from the left over Donald Trump? Why their willingness to throw aside every last vestige of decency and propriety, every last veneer of honesty and respectability?
It’s not because they actually think Trump is unfit or unqualified to be president. Nor is it because they actually believe the Russians are the reason Hillary lost. To the contrary, I believe it’s because they’re almost certain that he will succeed.
And that will completely reveal the fraud they’ve perpetrated on the American people.
As America begins to regain her soul, and the devastating, destructive effects of the last 8 years begin to be reversed, the resulting American resurgence will completely expose the venality and lies of the left. That is their fear, and that is the reason for their willingness to burn the house down.
We reject such guerilla-like behavior in America. To change the way we elect our leaders, or the processes by which we expand and narrow freedoms, amendments are the designated method. And when proposals to destroy the system (MoveOn) or silence the voice and freedom of others are the objective, then amendments often can and do prevent the worst from occurring.
But the system depends on those living under it to keep the faith and respect the process. Anything less would have meant America’s self-destruction many times before now.
In its call to overthrow the election results and make America Nicaragua again, MoveOn ironically touts the “popular vote” as its casus belli. MoveOn is engaging in ignorance on this point or just being dishonest, because the popular vote does matter: it matters in EVERY STATE, and the electors of each state are legally bound to support the candidate a majority of their state’s citizens supported.
So in truth, MoveOn.org doesn’t actually care about democracy or the integrity of the vote. They care about the votes of California, New York and Chicago.
MoveOn.org is urging people to ignore the voters of almost every state, which flies in the face of everything the now-overtly subversive group says it believes.
What MoveOn believes, however, is less important than what it is asking people to do.
In asking electors to vote against their own state’s voters, MoveOn is committing an illegal act: requesting that electors break state laws. On a deeper and more visceral level, MoveOn and its backers (e.g., a Hungarian, billionaire statist named George Soros who hacks elections all over the world) is betraying the very system this nascent liberal revolutionary mob will need to keep control of the citizens it now willfully disenfranchises in the name of democracy.
The illegal call to violate the laws of our land, and the concerted effort to overthrow the Constitution, as evidenced by the attached email, is not a topic for polite conversation, nor is it academic. It is a criminal act and should be treated as such.
George Soros and MoveOn must be held to account by the proper election authorities for meddling — or alternatively, “hacking” our elections. If we start allowing exceptions to the system, no totalitarian nightmare will be unthinkable. And further, if we start deciding whose ideas matter, or which voters count, then the First Amendment will be no more than words on paper.
Beware those who demand lawlessness in the name of preserving peace.
MoveOn, and anyone caught advocating the overthrow of our elections, must be seen for who they are. Success is a moot point — their actions are dangerous and portend future possible attempts to overthrow our democracy. We must immediately put a stop to this illegal attack on our Constitution, and our country, by any legal means necessary.
ORIGINAL TEXT OF MOVEON.ORG EMAIL:
From: “Anna Galland, MoveOn.org Political Action” <email@example.com>
Date: December 15, 2016 at 4:50:47 PM CST
Subject: It’s official: We’re calling on electors to stop Trump
Dear MoveOn member,
MoveOn members have voted 94.5% to 5.5% for MoveOn to call on the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump.
Now, we have less than 100 hours to act. Will you chip in $3 to help run our emergency campaign to urge the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump?
Yes, I’ll chip in and join the campaign to urge the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump.
With your help, we will:
Run our new ad featuring a Republican elector saying he won’t vote for Trump—which drew over one million views online overnight—on TV shows and promote it on social media.
Flood the White House with calls asking Obama to declassify the CIA evidence of Russian influence on our election, and call a special session of Congress to address this crisis. Already, 200,000 MoveOn members have signed a petition to the president—and over 17,000 called the White House in just one day.
Recruit members to attend peaceful, lawful actions over the next four days to show popular outrage over Trump’s foreign entanglements, his refusal to address his financial conflicts of interest, and his gross unfitness to serve—including gatherings at statehouses where electors will cast ballots on Monday.
Call on Congressional leaders, who have the power to delay the Electoral College vote, to do so until the CIA evidence has been shared and Trump has suitably addressed his financial conflicts.
Will you pitch in $3 and help us run this this emergency campaign?
Click here to chip in.
Let’s be clear: As our emails about the member vote email noted, it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll actually succeed in getting the Electoral College to block Trump.
But this is also an unprecedented moment in American history. Trump presents a unique set of threats to our democracy. We should try.
And no matter what happens, we must make sure the public remembers that Hillary Clinton won more than 2.8 million more votes than Trump.
We must push Democrats to be bold in their opposition to Trump’s and the Republicans’ odious policies and nominees.
And we must make clear that we, the people, will not silently let an unpopularly elected president tear our country apart.
Please, chip in $3, or whatever you can afford, and join the campaign to urge the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump.
Thanks for all you do.
—Anna, Hannah, Nick, Tzyh, and the rest of the team
P.S. News broke last night that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the Russian campaign to influence the U.S. election—further evidence that the electors and American people have not been told the whole story yet—and all the more reason to urge electors to stop Trump now.1
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