Loving California from a safe distance by Miguel A. Faria, MD

Charles Richardson’s column of February 4 insisting the popular vote count is “a moot point” could have been completely accurate if — and this is a big if — there were not at least 11 heavily liberal Democratic states, including California, trying to undermine the Electoral College and instead making the popular vote supreme in presidential elections. Richardson cited my initial article along with Rinda Wilson’s but in my subsequent piece, “The Democrats unwarranted partisan assault on the Electoral College,” I described in considerable detail the efforts being made by those Democratic "Blue States," as well as unwisely by several “swing states,” to virtually emasculate the Electoral College (EC) by both state legislation and emendation of the Constitution. Although I suspect those efforts will be futile, given the stability and fairness the EC has exerted in our Constitutional republic election process; but nothing should be taken for granted given the decline in both American public education and knowledge of civics and government, which is in marked contrast to the increasing intensity and polarization of politics in the nation.

Richardson also did not understand the point we made — which is that if it wasn’t for the EC process, four California counties would have decided the election in the opposite direction because of the exceedingly heavy Democratic vote in those urban areas. The flaw in argument is really on his part when Richardson says that it “opens the door to the reverse,” assuming we want the disenfranchisement of California voters. No one is calling for that. California votes should definitely be, and were, counted in the election process.

Richardson, I know, loves California but perhaps his affection is from a safe distance. I cannot help being reminded of the many liberals who also admire Cuba’s “free” system of education and health care — admiration from a safe distance. Despite the purported “free” amenities of Cuba’s workers’ paradise, the human flow is from Cuba to the U.S. and not vice-versa: The San Francisco Summeracademic liberals here praising Cuba’s socialism make no effort to balance the scales by immigrating to the communist island!

I am not implying Richardson is such a liberal, only that his defense of California is perhaps a bit romanticized and nostalgic for a state that is no longer what it was when he lived there. California should definitely keep its 55 EC votes reflecting its large population, but Los Angeles and San Francisco (photo, left), the heavily Democratic urban areas that have politically hijacked the state, are crime-ridden cities having difficulty keeping their streets clean and their beaches hygienic, immersed in drugs and political messes — certainly not worthy of leading the nation. I do agree with him that the Founders put in place a constitutional system that has worked well as designed — adding, with Ben Franklin, if we can keep it!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is an Associate Editor in Chief and a World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He is the Author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002)

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This commentary appeared in the Macon Telegraph, Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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Loving California cities!

Edna Jones (Posted in the Macon Telegraph (February 8, 2017): San Jose, CA, was just ranked the third best American city to live in by U.S. News and World Report. Atlanta was ranked 50th, well behind both San Francisco (#16) and San Diego (#22). This is what happens when your world view is shaped entirely by alt-right websites and right-wing radio.

Dr. Faria replies : Ms Jones, I certainly like best the Spanish name of California cities, patron saints and all: San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I have visited them, except for San Jose, so I know what I was denouncing in terms of crime and filth. Moreover, the sources I used in my original article, which you may not have bothered to look up and which I used to corroborate my observations, were mainstream liberal media (MSM) sources, not "alt-right websites and right-wing radio," which you may have time to read and listen to, but I don't. The sources I cited in my original article if you bother to check again include The San Francisco Chronicle, The Orange County Register, and Los Angeles Times.

It was not my purpose to offend local residents, but to express my opinion of why the Electoral College continues to be essential for our constitutional election process. The management of those cities, no matter what the U.S. News and World Report, another liberal MSM media source (one that I subscribed to for years and placed in my office medical waiting room until I stopped it for its growing liberal bent) says — leaves much to be desired, according to the sources I cited. The mismanagement does reflect the local electoral choices made by the voters of those cities and in that respect they are responsible for the misguided municipal political direction of some of those cities.

Incidentally I did enjoyed San Francisco's unique vistas and restaurants, but the filth and the roaming vagrants were a detraction. San Diego was delightful and I had no complaints there. Los Angeles, though, was a dangerous urban jungle, seemingly much worse than Atlanta, and I better leave it at that! --- MAF

The Electoral College & state ratification

Dear Miguel,
I think that the answer to his flawed reasoning is that during the debate over ratification of the Constitution it was the states that were involved in the debate not populations. Each state was totally independent before the formation of the United States. One of the reasons it took so long for the states to agree to ratify the Constitution was that the states wanted an iron clad guarantee that their independence as states would not be violated and that they would not lose their individual political beliefs and economic interest. Only after they felt they had received that guarantee did they ratify the Constitution. To make absolutely sure that their state's rights would remain protected in the new union, they initiated the Electoral College system to prevent one state from dominating the entire country with its views and interests, just because it had a higher population.

As for Hillary even winning the popular vote, that is still a contentious point and will require an in-depth investigation into widespread voter fraud before we have an answer. The Pew organization concluded after their review that some 24 million people were improperly registered to vote and nearly 2 million dead people were found on active voter rolls. In the last Obama election we had a number of video documentations of massive voter fraud. And, the very fact that the left launched a massive campaign to prevent proper voter identification could only be for one reason--they intended to steal the election. The charge of racism is completely bogus and an insult to the intelligence of the majority of the blacks--that is, insinuating that they were too stupid to obtain ID cards and couldn't even find the DMV. The videos by Veritas organization also demonstrated the criminal behavior regarding voting by the left.--- Russell

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Theoretical Neuroscience Research, LLC
Associate Editor-in-Chief
Surgical Neurology International