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                   October 27, 2008

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by Thomas A. Droleskey

Amazing. The level of utter stupidity on the purely natural level that grips America in the mania of the diabolical fraud that is the American electoral system, a fraud that obligates not a single soul to vote under pain of Mortal Sin, is amazing.

One man sent me a series of messages today to explain this his own relatives are angry with him for telling them to listen to His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan's masterful sermon of yesterday, the Feast of Christ the King (“Contempt & The Crown). One woman from New Jersey told him that she was voting for United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, R-Arizona, to keep United States Senator Barack Hussein Obama "out" of the White House. This shows, pardon me, a level of ignorance about our electoral system that is staggering. Staggering.

Folks, the President and Vice President the United States of America are elected by means of the electoral college according to the provisions found in Article II and the Twelfth, Twentieth and Twenty-Third Amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America.

It works like this:

1. Each state is assigned a number of electors equivalent to that state's number of representatives in the House of Representatives and its two senators in the United States Senate.

2. The number of representatives each state is assigned depends upon a state's population in proportion to that of the rest of the states of the nation. The sole reason for which the United States Census is taken decennially is to determine where people live so that the apportionment of representation among the states in the United States House of Representatives may reflect shifts in population.

3. There are currently 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Each state has two senators, meaning that there are 100 senators. As a result of the Twenty-third Amendment, which was ratified in 1961, the District of Columbia has the same number of electoral votes that it would have if it had the status of a state, three, although it is prohibited from having more than the least populous state. This means that there are 538 votes in what is called the "electoral college" (the term is never used in the Constitution, by the way).

4.  Thus it is that the 538 electoral votes are apportioned among the states as follows:

  1. California-----------------------55 electoral votes.
  2. Texas---------------------------34 electoral votes.
  3. New York----------------------31 electoral votes.
  4. Florida--------------------------27 electoral votes.
  5. Illinois---------------------------21 electoral votes.
  6. Pennsylvania-------------------- 21 electoral votes.
  7. Ohio-----------------------------20 electoral votes.
  8. Michigan-------------------------17 electoral votes.
  9. Georgia--------------------------15 electoral votes.
  10. New Jersey----------------------15 electoral votes.
  11. North Carolina-------------------15 electoral votes.
  12. Virginia---------------------------13 electoral votes.
  13. Massachusetts--------------------12 electoral votes.
  14. Indiana----------------------------11 electoral votes.
  15. Missouri---------------------------11 electoral votes.
  16. Tennessee-------------------------11 electoral votes.
  17. Washington------------------------11 electoral votes.
  18. Arizona----------------------------10 electoral votes.
  19. Maryland--------------------------10 electoral votes.
  20. Minnesota--------------------------10 electoral votes.
  21. Wisconsin--------------------------10 electoral votes.
  22. Alabama----------------------------9 electoral votes.
  23. Colorado---------------------------9 electoral votes.
  24. Louisiana---------------------------9 electoral votes.
  25. Kentucky---------------------------8 electoral votes.
  26. South Carolina----------------------8 electoral votes.
  27. Connecticut-------------------------7 electoral votes.
  28. Iowa--------------------------------7 electoral votes.
  29. Oklahoma---------------------------7 electoral votes.
  30. Oregon------------------------------7 electoral votes.
  31. Arkansas-----------------------------6 electoral votes.
  32. Kansas-------------------------------6 electoral votes.
  33. Mississippi----------------------------6 electoral votes.
  34. Nebraska-----------------------------5 electoral votes.
  35. Nevada-------------------------------5 electoral votes.
  36. Utah----------------------------------5 electoral votes.
  37. West Virginia-------------------------5 electoral votes.
  38. Hawaii--------------------------------4 electoral votes.
  39. Idaho---------------------------------4 electoral votes.
  40. Maine---------------------------------4 electoral votes.
  41. New Hampshire-----------------------4 electoral votes.
  42. Rhode Island--------------------------4 electoral votes.
  43. Alaska---------------------------------3 electoral votes.
  44. Delaware------------------------------3 electoral votes.
  45. Montana-------------------------------3 electoral votes.
  46. North Dakota--------------------------3 electoral votes.
  47. South Dakota--------------------------3 electoral votes.
  48. Vermont-------------------------------3 electoral votes.
  49. Wyoming------------------------------3 electoral votes.
  50. District of Columbia--------------------3 electoral votes.

5. The individual electors may be any legal resident of a particular state, although they may not be Federal office holders or employees.

6. The Constitution leaves it to each state legislature to determine the method by which the electors will be appointed. It has been the practice for most of the past 170 years or so for the electors to be appointed by means of direct popular election in each state.

7. As a result of the rise of political parties, a development not foreseen by the Constitution's framers nor prohibited by the text of Constitution, each state legislature has enacted legislation to restrict ballot access for candidates for president and vice president to the nominees of established political parties who have nominated a slate of electors to represent them in that state. Those presidential candidates who do not belong to established political parties and who can gain ballot access (often a long and expensive process) in a particular state must nominate a certified slate of electors to represent them.

8. In forty-nine of the fifty-one jurisdictions in which the presidential election takes place every four years, voters go to the polls (or cast absentee ballots) to vote for the slate of electors who are pledged to support a particular nominee for the presidency and vice presidency. In these forty-nine jurisdictions, that is, in every state except Maine and Nebraska, electors are elected on a "winner take all" basis, meaning that whichever slate of electors wins one more popular vote than its nearest competitor is elected en toto and then gets to cast that state's electoral votes on the first Monday following the second Wednesday in December in the state capital.

9. This means that voters cast who cast ballots this year on November 4, 2008, elect a slate (or team) of electors pledged to support a particular presidential-vice presidential team. If, for example, the fifty-five person slate of electors in California pledged to support the Democrat Party nominees of Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., wins one more electoral vote than the fifty-five person slate of electors pledged to support the Republican Party nominees of John Sidney McCain III and Sarah Heath Palin, that Democrat Party slate of electors is elected en toto. The other slates of electors (Republican, American Independent, Libertarian, Reform, Green, etc.) lose.

10. This is the same principle by which voters select candidates for statewide office (Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, etc.) and their state's two United States Senators. Whichever candidate gets a plurality of votes in the state (a plurality is simply one more vote than received by one's nearest competitor) is elected. The losing candidates, no matter how close they get to winning, lose. They go home. They get no share in the governorship or lieutenant governorship or attorney general's office. I know. I did not get to share in 3.7% of the salary of the Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1986. The ticket of Denis Dillon and Thomas Droleskey lost, becoming but a footnote in the annals of political trivia. Losing slates of electors for the offices of President and Vice Preident of the United States, well, lose!

11. Thus it is the slate of electors that wins a simple plurality of votes in a state is elected as a team. Its electors will then cast that state's votes for President and Vice President of the United States of America. Each elector will cast one vote for President and one vote for Vice President. The Constitution specifies that one of the two people for whom an elector votes must not be a resident of the same state as the elector, meaning that Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates must be residents of different states by the time that the electors cast their ballots on the first Monday following the second Wednesday in December.

12. The actual election for President of the United States of America this year takes place on Monday, December 15, 2008. The election on November 4, 2008, determines which slate of electors will be elected in each state.

13. Two states, Maine and Nebraska, award two electoral votes to the candidate who wins a plurality of that state's statewide vote. The other electoral votes (two in Maine, three in Nebraska) in these two states are awarded on the basis of which candidate wins a plurality of the popular vote in each of their Congressional districts (two in Maine, three in Nebraska). This is a variation of the Mundt-Lodge Electoral College, named after the late United States Senators Karl Mundt, R-South Dakota, and Henry Cabot Lodge, R-Massachusetts.

14. No one is legally the President-elect of the United States of America or the Vice President-elect of the United States of America until the electoral votes are cast in the state capitals on the first Monday after the second Wednesday are opened and counted by the President of the United States Senate (the Vice President of the United States of America) before a joint session of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. A ceremonial committee of Senators and Representatives is appointed by the President of the United States Senate to "inform" the President-elect and Vice President-elect of their official election.

15. What does all of this mean? All of this means that we do not elect the President and Vice President of the United States of America by direct popular election on a nationwide basis. In other words, the "raw" number of popular votes garnerned by a particular presidential nominee's fifty-one different slates of electors on a state-by-state basis mean nothing insofar as electing the President and Vice President of the United States of America is concerned. Then Texas Governor George Walker Bush won the Presidency in the year 2000 by virtue of his having won more electoral votes than Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., even though he lost the national popular vote total by 543,895 votes. This is the system we have, and it means that the national popular vote total is meaningless. It is the electoral votes won on a state-by-state basis that matters. It is that simple.

These are the procedures, drawn from the Constitution of the United States of America and from state laws, that govern the election of the President and Vice President of the United States of America in the general election every four years.

As I have pointed out many times in the past, including in the elections of 1996, 2000, and 2004), only a handful of states are in "play" in a presidential election. There are states that are permanently "red" and there are states that are permanently "blue." Anyone who lives in one of these solidly "red" or "blue" states who thinks that he is "keeping Obama out of the White House" by voting for McCain is delusional.

Take a look at this list of the latest poll results in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia to have a "visual" of what it is I am attempting to communicate:

Latest Poll Results By State Latest Poll Per State

State #EV Mid-Date Barack Obama John McCain
California 55 10/16/08 56.0 33.0
Texas 34 10/21/08 44.0 54.0
New York 31 10/22/08 65.0 29.0
Florida 27 10/22/08 48.0 47.0
Illinois 21 10/22/08 59.0 35.0
Pennsylvania 21 10/22/08 53.0 41.0
Ohio 20 10/22/08 52.0 42.0
Michigan 17 10/21/08 58.0 36.0
Georgia 15 10/23/08 48.0 47.0
New Jersey 15 10/21/08 56.0 39.0
North Carolina 15 10/23/08 48.0 50.0
Virginia 13 10/21/08 47.0 45.0
Massachusetts 12 10/21/08 53.0 34.0
Indiana 11 10/21/08 51.0 41.0
Missouri 11 10/23/08 45.0 46.0
Tennessee 11 10/22/08 38.0 54.0
Washington 11 10/22/08 54.0 43.0
Arizona 10 9/29/08 38.0 59.0
Maryland 10 9/18/08 54.0 39.0
Minnesota 10 10/22/08 56.0 41.0
Wisconsin 10 10/23/08 51.0 44.0
Alabama 9 6/26/020 36.0 51.0
Colorado 9 10/22/08 52.0 40.0
Louisiana 9 10/21/08 41.0 57.0
Kentucky 8 10/21/08 44.0 52.0
South Carolina 8 10/20/08 43.0 54.0
Connecticut 7 10/14/08 56.0 39.0
Iowa 7 10/23/08 51.0 40.0
Oklahoma 7 10/19/08 35.0 59.0
Oregon 7 10/15/08 48.0 34.0
Arkansas 6 10/22/08 41.0 52.0
Kansas 6 10/22/08 41.0 53.0
Mississippi 6 10/15/08 40.0 50.0
Nebraska 5 9/30/08 37.0 56.0
New Mexico 5 10/13/08 52.0 45.0
Nevada 5 10/20/08 51.0 46.0
Utah 5 9/12/08 29.0 65.0
West Virginia 5 10/21/08 44.0 49.0
Hawaii 4 9/10/08 63.0 32.0
Idaho 4 9/9/08 29.0 68.0
Maine 4 10/20/08 54.0 39.0
New Hampshire 4 0/26/096 0.0 0.0
Rhode Island 4 9/13/08 58.0 39.0
Alaska 3 10/18/08 42.0 53.0
Delaware 3 10/10/08 56.0 41.0
South Dakota 3 10/23/08 41.0 50.0
Montana 3 10/18/08 44.0 40.0
North Dakota 3 10/15/08 45.0 45.0
Vermont 3 9/20/08 56.0 38.0
Wyoming 3 10/19/08 37.0 58.0
District of Columbia 3 9/12/08 82.0 13.0


Although polls are imperfect measures of public opinion at a given time based on a random sample of the projected "universe" of voters who are expected to vote in a particular election, the ones listed above that show the Obama-Biden team winning the permanently "blue" states handily are not misrepresenting reality. No one in the following solidly and permanently "blue" states is keeping Obama "out of the White House" by voting for McCain:

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Michigan
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Washington
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Connecticut
  10. Hawaii
  11. Delaware
  12. Vermont
  13. District of Columbia


Barack Hussein Obama is going to win in these states overwhelmingly. Speaking on a purely natural level, voting in these states is a waste of time. It accomplishes nothing other than participating in the Judeo-Masonic farce that is American electoral politics and thinking that you have fulfilled your "moral obligation" to vote in a naturalistic system that advances the devil's agenda of naturalism no matter who gets elected. Does any rational, sane human being want to contend with a straight face that the McCain-Palin ticket has any chance to cary any of these states? Come on, folks, wake up. Use your brains. New York has not been won by a Republican presidential candidate since 1984. And it will not be won by McCain in 2008. Oy!

The McCain-Palin campaign is not spending any advertising dollars in the states listed above. Shouldn't that tell you something about the uselessness, purely on a natural level, of voting in these states. McCain knows that he has lost the twelve states (and the District of Columbia) listed above. He is not wasting his time or money in them. Why, if you live in any of these thirteen jurisdictions, should you waste your vote to enable a naturalist who is a statist enemy of Christ the King and a believer in the lie of American 'exceptionalism" as the foundation of world peace?

Similarly, McCain is ahead substantially in the following "red" states:

  1. Texas
  2. Arizona
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. Kentucky
  6. South Carolina
  7. Tennessee
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Arkansas
  10. Kansas
  11. Mississippi
  12. Nebraska
  13. Utah
  14. Idaho
  15. South Dakota
  16. Wyoming

The Obama-Biden campaign has conceded these states. Voting there, speaking once again on a purely natural level, is also a complete waste of time. The results are "in the bag" for McCain-Palin.

The only states where it can be said that a vote can make a "difference" as to which naturalist is going to get to do the devil's bidding in the White House are the "battleground" states, in which each campaign is focusing its efforts in the final eight days of the campaign:

  1. Florida, which is a true toss-up state.
  2. Pennsylvania, which is leaning in Obama's direction pretty decisively but could be won by McCain
  3. Ohio, the famous bellwether state that may wind up deciding which of the two naturalists gets elected.
  4. Georgia, a reliable "red" state in most presidential elections, is now "in play," meaning McCain is in huge trouble.
  5. North Carolina, another reliable "red" state that Obama is trying to snatch away from McCain.
  6. Virginia, a reliable "red" state that McCain needs to win to have any chance to defeat Obama.
  7. Indiana, a "red" state where Obama has, it appears, a decent lead over McCain.
  8. Missouri, another classic bellwether state, divided almost equally between McCain and Obama.
  9. Minnesota, Obama's ahead but McCain has a chance.
  10. Colorado, a "red" state that is turning blue as Obama appears to have a big lead.
  11. Iowa, McCain is still campaigning here despite what appears to be a big Obama advantage.
  12. Nevada, another "red" state that may go "blue."
  13. West Virginia, a state that is closer than McCain would like it to be.
  14. New Hampshire, the Granite State could go either way.
  15. Montana, a mountain state in the "red" column that has changed demographically in recent years. Obama may win it.
  16. North Dakota, yes, of all places, North Dakota is now a "battleground" state.


Mind you, this exercise in pure political science on the natural level changes nothing of the analyses that I have brought to bear concerning the fact that there is no candidate of either major organized crime family in the United States of America, the Democrat Party and the Republican Party, who supports Catholic teaching and has the good of souls at heart. This exercise in pure political science on the natural level has been offered to you to demonstrate to the screaming lunatics out there in "blue" states that no one who abstains from voting in places such as California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware and the District of Columbia is helping to "elect" Barack Hussein Obama. Wake up. Slumber no longer in your ignorance. Once again speaking on a purely natural level, the "votes" aren't there in those states for a McCain victory. That's reality.

Let me try to explain this in the simplest of terms:

Bus driver Ralph Kramden, who thought that his wife Alice had stashed away lots of money over the years, asked his wife to gather up all of their "mad" money when his bus drivers' union went on strike against the Gotham Bus Company. This is a paraphrase of the the dialogue:

Kramden: "All right, Alice. Gather up all of our mad money. That's right, everything you've been squirreling away over the years. Clean out the drawers. Empty your pocketbooks. Let's add it all up and see how much we have."

Alice Kramden said immediately without adding anything up: "Eleven dollars and thirty-six cents."

Kramden: "Eleven dollars and thirty-six cents? What have you done with all of our money."

Alice Kramden: "With the amount that you bring home every week, Ralph, you should be thanking me for saving the eleven dollars and thirty-six cents."


Folks, you've got the equivalent of "eleven dollars and thirty six cents" in the permanently "blue" states. You are delusional if you think that voting for McCain in one of those aforementioned "blue" states is going to keep Obama out of the White House. And one of the reasons you've got only eleven dollars and thirty-six cents in the "blue" states is because of the long term effects of Americanism on the psyches of Catholics in the United States of America and the counterfeit church of conciliarism's formal embrace of this insidious heresy from Hell that leads nations into an abyss of chaos. (See Apostasy Has Consequences.)

Obviously, people are going to believe what they want to believe. Very few people believed me in the year 2000 when I explained to them this exact electoral reality then (at a time I still believed in voting for minor party candidates of conscience). What I told them would be the case before the election turned out to be in the case in the election, prompting me to write the following thereafter

The political analysis I have been providing over the course of the past few years in Christ or Chaos has proven to be right on the money. I expressed my doubt that George W. Bush could win the White House, in light of his intellectual shallowness and in light of the cultural factors facing our nation described earlier in this essay. As noted, Bush lost the popular vote, a loss that would have been exponentially greater had Nader not been in the race.

Furthermore, I indicated in the most recent issue of Christ or Chaos that certain states — New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont — were bound to fall into the Gore camp. Although I believed a vote of conscience was always the right vote to cast as a matter of principle, people in those states had a veritable “free throw” to cast for Buchanan or Phillips. We elect the president through the Electoral College; the national popular vote total is irrelevant. What matters is the popular vote total in the individual states. Anyone who knows anything about practical politics — and it’s amazing to me how unrealistic the so-called pragmatists actually are when they make their supposedly clever judgments about how to vote in particular elections — knows that the states listed above have tended toward the Democratic Party in national elections. The same people who used national polling data to browbeat supporters of Buchanan and Phillips into voting for Bush (because the polls said that Buchanan could not win) simply refused to believe the state-by-state polling data that showed Bush the sure loser in the ten states I’ve listed. (Justice Will Lose No Matter Who Wins, 2000.)


Such is the madness of pluralism, however, that many millions of people take leave of their senses in the diabolical trap that is the Judeo-Masonic electoral system and refuse even to believe the cold, hard facts of simple electoral arithmetic.

What will happen on November 5, 2008, the day after the election if there is an election result that is clear and uncontested? I will tell you.

Naturalists who support all manner of evils under cover of law will have been elected to the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America. These naturalists will promote the evils they support under cover of civil law and export them overseas. Babies will continue to be killed, both by surgical and chemical means, at the same rate as they have been killed, more or less, in the past thirty-five years. Pro-aborts will be appointed to the White House staff and to Cabinet positions. Funding for domestic and international "family planning" programs will increase. American jobs and manufacturing will continue to be outsourced, principally to Communist China. Needless wars will be fought. The nation's borders will remain porous. The size and scope and power of the civil state will increase. The names do not matter. The results, differing here and there around the edges, will be almost identical.

Some want to trust in their "guns" to protect American "freedom," which is a myth to begin with, of course. I will trust in the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as I can.

Christendom was not established at the ballot box. It won't be restored at the ballot box, which is, as I have come to recognize, the devil's tool by which naturalism is advanced more and more with each passing election year.

Christendom will be restored as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!

Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?

(And make sure to listen once again to Bishop Dolan's magnificent sermon, delivered Sunday, October 26, 2008, the Feast of Christ the King, at Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio: “Contempt & The Crown.)


Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!


Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us.

See also: A Litany of Saints

Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?



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