Flunking out of the Electoral College
So the Electoral College doesn't serve as a safeguard. All it does, by way of the peculiarities of the way Electoral votes are allocated, is to introduce random variables into the process so that the loser of the popular vote sometimes claims the Presidency. It institutionalizes intermittent minority rule.
The National Popular Vote initiative is a plan for reforming the Electoral College to guarantee victory to the winner of the popular vote in future elections without needing to amend the Constitution. It is endorsed by the ACLU. If you live in one of the 12 states which have partially enacted it or in one of the 27 states which have not yet acted on it at all, please consider contacting your state legislators and urging them to get it passed in your state.
As for this election, our best hope now is that enough Congressional Republicans will favor impeachment to get it done in combination with the Democrats. Elizabeth Warren is working to force the issue (found via Politics Plus).
Yesterday I read about yet another example of the kind of element which has become emboldened by Trump's "win". The Daily Stormer, an "alt-right" website, has begun publishing personal information about Jews in the town of Whitefish, Montana and encouraging readers to harass them. (The reason for singling out that town has to do with the fact that the mother of Richard Spencer lives there.) This action needs the broadest possible publicity and condemnation, and the same is true of the other attacks on various groups which have become more common since the election and will doubtless continue to happen. The worst people among us are convinced that Trump's elevation means their warped beliefs are now more accepted and respectable and can be acted on more openly. We need to show them they're wrong.
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