LePage, two-term governor of Maine, is at it again and he has pulled
no punches in determining that his support of the federal Electoral
College was and is constituted so that “white people” can
remain in power and the country will not be overrun by people of
color and immigrants.
this month, as the Maine legislature was considering electing U.S.
presidents by popular vote, rather than through the Electoral
College, he called the move “insane,” according to the
New York Daily News, and said that a popular vote system would allow
minorities to elect presidents, even though whites make up about 61
percent of the U.S. population.
nationwide effort is under way to do just that, eliminate the
Electoral College, likely spurred by the loss by Hillary Clinton to
Donald J. Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Trump won by
electoral vote, but lost the popular vote to Clinton by some 3
million votes. True to form, without any evidence, Trump attributed
his loss of the popular vote to voter fraud and the illegal voting by
minorities and immigrants. Many studies and analyses of that
election showed virtually no fraud anywhere in the country. He
simply lost the popular vote and could not handle being a loser.
who served two terms as Maine's governor, was outspoken, even
reckless, on many issues, including the issue of race. He was quoted
in 2016, by The Daily News, that “guys by the name D-Money,
Smoothie, Shifty,” come to Maine from New York and Connecticut
to sell drugs and “half the time they impregnate a young, white
girl before they leave.” And in the same year, the paper
reported that he called Latinos “the enemy,” saying, “The
enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are
people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”
he first endorsed Chris Christie for the GOP nomination for president
in 2016, he switched his support to Trump when Christie dropped out.
He and Trump seem to share many opinions, attitudes, and traits.
Trump had said that he would prefer that immigrants from “shithole
countries” (read poor or developing countries in which much or
most of the populace is of color) stay in their own countries, while
he would welcome those from countries like Norway (blue-eyed and
blond, like himself).
former governor, who now lives in Florida, has a different story in
his raising than the orange instant millionaire, who is said to have
been given millions as a youth. Trump has intimated that he made his
money himself, adding that he only got a “small loan”
from his father of about a “million dollars.” Some
research has shown that he was given much more than that by a father
who impressed on his son that the worst thing that could happen to
him would be becoming “a loser.” It's likely that that
was the reason that he has never admitted that he made a mistake and
that continues to this day. Senior Trump had a large part in making
Donald Trump what he is today, incapable of empathy or sympathy and
capable of inflicting cruelty in treating his perceived adversaries
with contempt. The Republican primary campaign in 2016 was a prime
example of that.
grew up in a large French Candian family in Maine and spoke French as
his first language. He left home, the story goes, after his father
beat him and broke his nose, causing the adolescent to live homeless
for two years. He eventually worked at a variety of jobs and was the
first in his family to graduate from eighth grade and high school.
He had difficulty in entering college (a business school at the time)
because of his lack of English-language skills, according to a short
bio in Wikipedia. He was finally admitted, when he was allowed to
take a reading comprehension test in French.
2011, as governor of Maine and a successful businessman, he ordered
the removal of an 11-panel mural from the state's Department of
Labor building in the capital, Augusta, that depicted some of Maine's
labor and union efforts and successes over the decades. The reason
he gave for the removal was that he felt that the mural that featured
working men and women was too one-sided and might make the corporate
types who would enter the building uncomfortable. For a time, it was
not certain where the mural panels were stored, but they did
resurface and several locations were suggested for their exposition.
Many hoped that they would find their way back to the Department of
Labor after LePage's departure (he was limited to two terms and left
at the end of 2018).
in addition to not liking minorities of any kind, he does not like
workers or unions very much. In that, he follows in the footsteps of
his president, who has riled up his “base” with diatribes
against immigrants from Central and South America. Trump's lust for
building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico has become an obsession,
nearly as great as his obsession for wealth, making more money, and
gold. But it does show his utter contempt for those he considers
lesser human beings and the president also has not acknowledged that
the flow of immigrants into the U.S. from the south is the lowest in
decades, having peaked at least 10 years ago. To know this, however,
he would have had to understand the history of the Western Hemisphere
and he does not. He doesn't know much history at all, since he
likely never studied it and does not read, not even the briefings on
the subjects that are written by administration staff or government
researchers in language that a grade schooler could comprehend.
attitude toward people of color can only be attributed to racism,
plain and simple, just as LePage's attitude could be attributed to
racism, although it doesn't seem to be as broadly sweeping as
Trump's. After all, in the recent congressional hearing in which the
testimony of Trump fixer, Michael Cohen, was the witness, a
Republican representative produced a black staffer from the
administration to prove that Trump is not a racist. And LePage,
years ago, had taken in a young Jamaican, who he was said to have
treated like an adopted son.
the two of them have managed to dredge up from deep within an
antipathy toward poorer citizens and those who do not look like them,
but it's not likely that LePage could ever dredge up the contempt and
loathing of “the other” that Trump exhibits daily,
especially when he is catering to that part of his base that is made
up of white supremacists.
and LePage may get their wish, that the Electoral College will
survive as the way the founders believed would be the lasting way
their class would be in charge of the country and its politics.
Trump found a way to tap into the rage of the “forgotten
Americans,” by masquerading as one them and promising to lift
them up economically, which he never will do. He even has the gall
to refer to the “ruling class,” as oppressors of both him
and his “forgotten American” base, even as he takes
advantage of every law and judicial decision that benefits his class,
which is the ruling class. He has taken every step that he can to
ensure that he and his family will continue to ride on and live off
the American people.
the Electoral College will be the first small step the people can
take to somewhat level the playing field. The least the people can
do to wrest control of the nation's politics and economy from the
billionaire class and their brethren in Corporate America is to
encourage or demand that their representatives and senators vote to
elect presidents by popular vote. Go ahead! Scare the rulers with
your voice and your vote. Let's see if democracy can work in an