Desperate Times

With today’s revelations that Vladimir Putin himself supervised the hack against Hilary Clinton in order to foster Donald Trump’s candidacy, joined with his aggressive denials that the news is true, it becomes clearer that our new “president” will be Putin’s puppet just as Hilary described him. (I know, he denied it: “Not a puppet! Not a puppet!” Very convincing Pinocchio.)

And what does Putin want from his puppet? Obviously, the evisceration of NATO. If Trump is unwilling to join the other alliance forces in countering an invasion of Latvia, for example, by the Russian army, NATO will be dead and Russia will be the pre-eminent power in Eastern Europe. America, stifled superpower, will no longer be a leader in world events. (Just think how this will embolden China.)

And why should Trump care about Latvia? Clearly Putin has him on some sort of chain, whether it’s a payout or blackmail, it’s enough to let Putin stick his hand up Trump’s ass, move his jaw and put words in his mouth. As long as the Donald is using the Presidency to make money, Europe and everywhere else can go to hell.

Time was, I hoped the Electoral College would see the light and vote for the person who got the most votes or vote against the person who was unqualified for the job and the employee of a foreign state, but now I’m just hoping to avoid a return to the Cold War.

How? Well, the Republican electors won’t vote for Hilary, but they may vote for a Republican who isn’t a Russian agent. What if they agree to vote for a third choice? They can write in whoever they want. Some states have laws that limit their actions, but these are clearly unconstitional and misdemeanors at best. Cheap price to save the world.

Who? John McCain comes to mind. A patriot. A hero. No friend of Putin. John Kasich is another possibility. Not people I’d wish for, but better than the alternative.

And let the Democratic electors agree to vote for that third candidate too. This way, it would not require unanimity for either party. Cowards and loyalists can vote for Trump or Clinton.

Someone may have to take a position of leadership on this. Hilary perhaps. Or the President. The Republican leadership will fall in line. They don’t want Trump; they want to win. They will.

Now the Electoral College is not composed of sages or intellectuals. The electors are party loyalists out on a bender in their state’s capital. They’re not even politicians, so compromise is not their game. But they’re not crazy either. Maybe if the word gets out the Democratic electors are willing to swallow their pride and do what’s right for the country, the Republican electors will follow suite.

Then the College can show it’s not an anachronism after all. (But it really is and an insult to democratic people everywhere, but that’s another story.)

Author: leonardrysdyk

Leonard Rysdyk is the author of more than a dozen novels, stories, articles and poems. His work has appeared in many publications including Snow White, Blood Red, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aboriginal Magazine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. A professor at Nassau Community College, he teaches literature (including science fiction), cultural history (including the history of science) and is an acknowledged innovator in the field of Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), a subject on which he has lectured and consulted.

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