presidential decision

Soo… Jon Stewart, we kinda need you back on TV now, sir. That’s the only way we’re gonna power through this…whatever it is.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I adore Trevor. As a matter of fact, what I’m thinking is more of a family band reunion, yeah? You, Trevor, Stephen, and John Oliver hitting the road and busting some guts!

News Dad and the Newsies back at it again!! Sounds good right?! Please say yes, News Dad. 

News Dad, please.

forlackofabetteridea  asked:

In the show Hamilton, after the Reynolds Pamphlet is published, some of the characters say Hamilton is "never gonna be president now". Was he even eligible for the presidency? How was the "natural born citizen" requirement applied to early presidents?

It hadn’t been tested by the courts during that time (it still hasn’t really been tested by the courts), but it might have been an issue if Hamilton had sought the Presidency since Hamilton had so many political enemies. However, none of the early Presidents or contenders for the Presidency were technically natural-born citizens of the United States – it didn’t exist as an actual entity prior to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and basically didn’t have any sort of legal foundation prior to the Articles of Confederation in 1781, the Treaty of Paris in 1783 which ended the Revolutionary War and resulted in British recognition of American sovereignty, and the ratification of the Constitution in 1788.

If Hamilton had sought the Presidency and his rivals argued that he was ineligible because he was born in the West Indies, I imagine that he might have argued (well, we all know that he would have argued) that it made no difference because he was born a British subject just like everyone born in what was now the United States prior to 1776. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson were all were British subjects at birth – eight of the first nine Presidents were born British subjects (Martin Van Buren, born in 1782, was the first President born as a United States citizen) – so Hamilton could have made the case that if they were eligible, he was, too. His opponents would probably argue that his place of birth didn’t become a part of the United States after independence, but I don’t know that it would have mattered. It would have been good for the judiciary to make an early decision on citizenship and Presidential eligibility, but it didn’t happen unfortunately. 

In my opinion, if everything had gone down differently for Hamilton – if he had avoided the Maria Reynolds scandal and hadn’t caught a bullet from Aaron Burr – he would have been seen as eligible for the Presidency by most of his contemporaries. Whether he could have actually won an election is a different story; Aaron Burr was far from the only person who wanted to shut Hamilton up. Burr wasn’t even the only person willing to shoot him in order to do it. It definitely would have been nice (”it would be nice, it would be nice”) if we had an early decision over Presidential eligibility and “natural-born citizenship” handed down by the Supreme Court while the Founders were still alive; it would have answered many perplexing questions that we have bubble up to the surface every four years.

Jake broke Olivia down like a fraction...

People can say what they want to but there isn’t a damn person on this show that knows Olivia like Jake does. And there isn’t a damn person that can tell her about herself the way he does. Cyrus comes close but at the end of the day he can’t see too far beyond Fitz. He only opens his eyes and sees Olivia when she threatens his position in some way. 

Olivia is turning into that power hungry, entitled, dangerous person that Jake said she was. She orchestrated the release of one of the most deadliest men on Earth in order to keep Fitz in the Oval and a ring off her finger. She played the ULTIMATE trump card because she could. Don’t let the quivering lip fool you. She was wearing that same puppy dog face when she very coldly and unemotionally told Mellie that Rowan killed her son. Olivia may not be the one to ultimately pull the trigger but she will make sure a fully loaded weapon is available to the person that she wants to do her dirty work.

Olivia has been very cold and detached these last few episodes and I’m sure that’s her PTSD. She tried to pull one of her “whore, idiot, criminal, liar’ moments on Cyrus with all that talk about her being in a ‘real’ relationship with Fitz but not five seconds later she was in the Oval taking over just like Cyrus said she would. The interesting part of that is that you could literally see the wheels turning in her head. She knew exactly what she was doing and she did it anyway. All that talk about a real relationship with Fitz was bullshit, because when she went back into that office it wasn’t to spend some lovey-dovey couple time with Fitz, it was so she could make some Presidential decisions while Fitz took notes like a damn secretary. 

Olivia is truly becoming her father’s daughter and there is only a select few that see it. The so-called love of her life is completely clueless and I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before that comes back to bite him in the ass.
Trump Vs. Clinton
Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19

On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine - which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!

 We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. 


 Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic. 

 Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.

 Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump “won” is because of the Electoral College. But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result? SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE. There is no reason Trump should be President. 

“It’s the ‘People’s Will’”

 No. She won the popular vote. 

“Our system of government under our Constitution says he wins" 

No. Our Constitution says the Electors choose.

 "Too many states prohibit 'Faithless Electors’" 

24 states bind electors. If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.

I just want to say how bizarre it is that we have the chance to elect the first female president in history and y'all are dragging your feet about it. Bernie came out of left field and voiced what we were all feeling and it would’ve been awesome, it would’ve been fucking amazing if we could’ve elected him. but that’s not the world we find ourselves in now. and if we hadn’t been presented with the most deeply, sincerely good politician in probably our whole lifetimes as an option in the primaries, we probably wouldn’t be so reluctant to back Hillary.

because here’s the thing: Hillary is still pretty fucking great. and I get the sense that Bernie’s campaign pushed her to take a more progressive stance on things she probably otherwise wouldn’t have. so it wasn’t all pointless! we did good, okay? but now we’ve gotta follow through.

we’ve got a chance to elect a female president. we’ve got a chance to elect a democratic female president, who shares a considerable chunk of our values. we can make history and elect the first female president, and a good one. and don’t act like that doesn’t matter, it’s fucking revolutionary and it’s about damn time.

this is worth getting excited about! you’re not morally abhorrent if you back a politician that isn’t 100% perfect (none of them are). tumblr is very black & white, but I promise you, it is okay to vote for someone who is mostly good with some clear issues.

and I know the natural impulse is to want to only make moral decisions if there’s an extremely clear right answer. but you are not morally absolved if you abstain from voting and Trump wins. you are not morally absolved if you vote for a third-party candidate and Trump wins. if you flinch away from making a hard decision instead of doing the best thing that circumstances allow, I will come to your house in the middle of the night and bitchslap you personally.

you can be better than that.

Just heard that Hillary is the presumptive Democratic nominee.

HOWEVER, please please please still go to vote tommorow (New Jersey, California). It’s still important and it can still make a difference. Superdelegates can change their minds, so the decision can still be changed. Please don’t be discouraged because you think it’s all over. It isn’t. PLEASE, guys. Vote tommorow. Thank you.


Planning the Transition

On August 8, 1974, longtime friend and former law partner Philip Buchen presented Vice President Gerald R. Ford with this memorandum outlining key decisions for him to make in preparation for his assumption of the Presidency.

Buchen had been working at the White House on the Domestic Council’s Committee on Right to Privacy and for several months had believed that President Nixon was likely to resign. Unbeknownst to Ford, he had formed a secret “transition team” that had been meeting for several months. Although the team hadn’t accomplished much by the time the Vice President learned of it on August 6, its work provided a starting point for what still needed to be done.

Vice President Ford used this memo to indicate his choices for several important transition staff members. He selected Donald Rumsfeld to take the lead on White House organization, Rogers Morton to be liaison with the Cabinet, Jack Marsh to be political liaison, and Bill Scranton to assist with personnel issues. He also notted additional groups he wanted to meet with in the first week of his administration.