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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The USA Should Adopt The Danish Health Care System

Awhile back I published a Roland Hansen Commentary entitled Obama Basher Spinners that addressed a concern I had regarding those people who just wanted to belittle and demonize President Barack Obama with reckless disregard to truth and who routinely dismissed and criticized anyone who did not subscribe to the "Obama Basher" perspective.

In that commentary, I reproduced a photo originally published by "Right Wing News" that was shared on Facebook by Pat Benson, a former high school classmate of mine from the early and mid 1960s. The link to that photo no longer works in that commentary. However, the rest of my commentary remains intact.

If you go over to read it, you will see that I wrote of an exchange I had with Pat Benson on Facebook in which the topic of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the Danish Health System was broached. In the exchange, I suggested that she "and everyone else take a look at the health care system of Denmark." I further stated "The simple thrust of what I have written is that I wish the issue of adequate, sufficient, and affordable health care for all Americans would have been made available throughout the years."

It has been and still remains my firm belief that the United States of America should revise its health care system to be more like The Danish Health Care System. [Please open the preceding embedded link to read about the Danish health care system.]

I would also like to suggest the following for further reading:

OPINION, The Denver Post
Health care in Denmark
September 3, 2009 

THE BLOG, The Huffington Post
What Can We Learn From Denmark?
Sen. Bernie Sanders 
U.S. Senator from Vermont

Come January 20, 2017, the new incoming United States Congress and President-Elect Donald Trump have the opportunity to revise the Affordable Care Act.

When President-Elect Donald Trump takes office, the right wing of American politics will be in control of all three branches of government in the United States of America.

I wonder if they, these right wing politicos, have the chutzpah, have the concern for ALL Americans, and have the political fortitude to do the right thing by modeling the American Health Care system after that of Denmark.

As I entitled this Roland Hansen Commentary,
The USA Should Adopt The Danish Health Care System

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Electoral College Elects The President of The United States of America

The people of the United States of America do not elect the President.

It is the Electoral College that elects the President of The United States of America.

The Electoral College was established in 1787. The framers of the Constitution of the United States of America considered a variety of ways in whih to elect the President and Vice President. They debated whether the President should be elected by a vote of Congress or whether the President should be selected by the State Legislatures or whether the President should be elected by a direct vote of the people. The ultimate decision was a compromise that was a unique blending of approaches; the framers chose on using the Electoral College for the election of the President of the United States of America.

Incidentally, the Electoral College is a not a place, it is a process.

Further Reading:
Presidential Election Process
What is the purpose of the electoral college?
Presidential Election Laws

The 2016 Presidential Election

"For the fifth time in U.S. history, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the White House while (apparently) losing the popular vote."
And now for the rest of that story, go on over to read:
Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones

The fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton did not win the majority of the popular vote. A majority of the vote would require obtaining at least one vote more than fifty percent of the total vote. While Hillary Clinton did receive more of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she still only won approximately 47.7 percent of the ballots cast for President of the United States of America; but, that is not a majority; Hillary Clinton got a plurality of the popular vote.
ref: Latest Popular Vote Results 2016: Hillary Clinton Has Almost 400,000 More Votes Than Winner Donald Trump

And to be perfectly clear on a very important point, HILLARY CLINTON DID NOT GET A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. The plain and simple fact remains that only 56 percent of the American voting-eligible population turned out to vote. That means that only about 26.7 percent of the American voting age public actually cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton for President this year.

But, Donald Trump supporters need not gloat over his win of the Electoral College vote for President. There is NO MANDATE FOR DONALD TRUMP. The fact is that fewer than 26 percent of the American voting age public cast their ballots for Donald Trump to become President of the United States of America.

In regards to the two immediately preceding paragraphs, I suggest you read:
Why did Trump win? In part because voter turnout plunged.
By Paul Waldman