More Details on Man Who Attacked Senator Rand Paul

The information about Rene’ Boucher, the man responsible for an attack on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is beginning to trickle in.

For starters, Boucher, like Paul, is a doctor. According to his Facebook page, he served as an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist with the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1993.

He studied Biology and Pre-Med at Providence College, and attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines.

His Facebook page is a long collection of anti-Trump memes and articles, with at least one article on Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate from the Montana special congressional election who body slammed a reporter.

Other details:

Police have not described the exact circumstances around the assault. A statement from Paul’s office said, “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it now a matter for the police,” according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

The actual assault happened in Senator Paul’s Bowling Green home on Friday night, but the news is just breaking.

Boucher was charged with one count of fourth degree assault and is being held at the Warren County Detention Center.

 

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Ed Gillespie Strings Together Poll Momentum in Virginia

I’ve been harsh on Ed Gillespie’s lackluster campaign in Virginia, but improbably enough, this polling shows him behind by much less than before!


In this combination photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie appears at a debate at the University of Virginia-Wise in Wise, Va., Oct. 9, 2016 , left, Libertarian candidate for Virginia governor Cliff Hyra appears during an interview in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 22, 2017 and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam appears during an interview in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 18, 2017. The major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor are both promising to improve the state’s health care system. But Gillespie and Northam differ sharply on how to curb costs and increase care. Hyra favors less government intervention in the health care system. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Republican Ed Gillespie went 6 months without beating Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in a poll. Six months is a long time not even to get a freak outlier your way. But in the last two weeks he’s now won three of the last six polls!

That’s a last minute shift. The newest two are The Polling Company at Gillespie +2 and Christopher Newport University at Northam +7.

The poll average still favors Northam, especially since that TPC poll is from a Republican leaning company. But still, Gillespie looks like he has a better chance of winning than he did all this year, which is good timing for him and the Republicans.

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Dolly Parton Distances Herself from Her Co-Star’s Anti-Trump Moment at the Emmys

Country music legend Dolly Parton appeared Monday on Fox and Friends to discuss her new music album for children called “I Believe In You,” when the conversation turned to the infamous moment at the 2017 Emmys when here 9 to 5 co-stars Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda took a moment to bash Trump.

“In [9 to 5], we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Tomlin and Fonda said with grins on their faces to raucous applause from the glittered audience.

The only one seemingly not enjoying themselves in that moment was Parton herself, whose facial reactions spoke louder than the cheers. Suffice to say, she wasn’t comfortable.

Speaking to Fox and Friends, Parton admitted as much. The country star confessed she was nervous beforehand, knowing what Tomlin and Fonda were going to say, but instead decided to stay out of it.

“I didn’t know what to say. I’ll always just go to a boob joke if all else fails,” she said.

But Parton explained her choice to stay quiet in that moment in a refreshing take on her stances on politics in combination with her celebrity status.

“I don’t do politics,” explained Parton.

Parton explained that her mother was a Democrat, and her father was a Republican, and she was reluctant to make either side mad at her.

“Plus, I’m an entertainer. I don’t usually voice my opinion in a situation like that,” added Parton.

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Parton’s stunning abundance of self-awareness could be a shining example for everyone in Hollywood, who seem to learn nothing about their audience despite falling viewership every time they get political. Parton, unlike many other Hollywood stars, seems to understand that her stage isn’t a pulpit best suited to condemn or preach a political message.

Her refusal to either defend or attack Trump shows a great amount of maturity on her part. She knows she has a job to do, and alienating half of her audience won’t make her successful at it. She treats both sides of the aisle with respect regardless of her own political stances.

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Ben Sasse On What The Republican Party Stands For: “I Don’t Know”

One of the problems with modern politics is the propensity of some people to look for the next “rock star” in the world of politics. It happens with both parties, but I am disappointed to say that it’s common in conservative circles. More often than not, the person in question is elevated not because of anything they’ve done but usually due to something they’ve said.

In that respect, I always caution people about fully embracing a politician. Politicians are almost always going to disappoint you. That isn’t an attack on them personally. It’s just the nature of the game. It’s politics. It happens. It’s why I am never shocked when a politician does something they ordinarily would not do or appears to be a departure from something they’ve done for years.

There is a difference, however, between being making political decisions at times and grandstanding for the sake of doing so. The real political leader is not afraid to call out members of their party for engaging in behavior of that exhibited by somebody in the opposition party. Currently, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse fits the bill.

Sasse hasn’t shied away from being critical of President Donald Trump when necessary. Naturally, such an inclination earns him derision among the pro-Trump crowd but even the knee-jerk reactionary anti-Trump contingent lambasts Sasse because he’s not engaging in knee-jerk reactionary rhetoric. I had somebody tell me Sasse is “enabling” Trump by voting to confirm his cabinet nominees. That’s a silly criticism as Sasse’s decision to approve is based on his determination the candidate is fit for the role not because Sasse doesn’t like Trump.

In a recent podcast, Sasse had some things to say about Trump and the GOP, the latter being eye-opening:

“There’s a risk in our media-driven, and particularly digital media-driven culture; TV-based, broadcast-based, and image-based culture of this digital moment,” Sasse says. “There is a danger that we create shorter and shorter attention spans, more and more unbridled passions, less and less self-control and self-restraint. I don’t think that our Founders would believe that America could long prosper if the people were not readers.”

I asked him how, in a word, he’d describe Trump. All he came up with: “current president.”

But Trump isn’t his only problem. Asked for one word to describe the Republican Party, he again came up with two: “question mark.”

Sasse was presented with a similar question:

Asked what the GOP stands for, he says, “I don’t know.”

I give Sasse credit for being honest. In retrospect, with Donald Trump as president, it’s hard to explain to people what the GOP stands for these days. It’s easy enough to roll through the usual litany of reasons people are used to hearing and have heard for the last 35-40 years.

Talk is cheap. Sasse understands that. Hopefully, there will be more like him who will choose to lead instead of just go along for the sake of party politics.

The entire podcast can be heard here.

 

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The Russian Gambit: Why the “hack” changes nothing

Why will I cast my vote for the Republican winner of the Texas Presidential election? More the point, why will I "ignore the Russian hack of the election"?

My college had strict attendance requirements. Three credit classes were allowed three cuts. More and you were kicked out of the course or received a zero averaged in with your grade.

Steve and Tommy noticed one particularly pro-sports psychology teacher, who took regular attendance, seemed to ignore the absences of student athletes. Being young and seeing themselves as defenders of truth, justice and the American way, they took it upon themselves to investigate.

To make a long story short, they hacked the teacher's grade book. Steve carried it to the library. Tommy copied it and Steve returned it to its place. It presented clear evidence of a double standard in the teacher's handling of grades and attendance. 

It was two very naive young men who walked into the Dean's office thinking he'd be concerned only with the grade disparity. They received a real-world education for the next hour.

The two were grilled about how they came into possession of the incriminating evidence. No one seemed concerned about the greater offense. Only their disparate roles in the purloining and copying of the incriminating evidence, along with a healthy dose of legalistic doublespeak, saved both from expulsion by the dreaded "God squad": the campus disciplinary committee.

The WikiLeaks hack into the Democratic National Committee computers reminds me of the story from my college days. 

WikiLeaks has never made a fraudulent release. Democrats seem to forget, WikiLeaks was the hero of civil liberties when it showed the National Security Agency was monitoring our wireless calls. I applauded it then; I applaud it now.

Like the Dean, Democrats seem not to care what the evidence proved about themselves. They act unconcerned if the hack proves the Democrat Primaries were stacked against Bernie Sanders. 

The DNC never intended a fair primary. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz conspired to use Sanders' Jewish ethnicity against him. ABC commentator and DNC operative Donna Brazile, loved by Democrats and respected by many, not only fed debate questions to Hillary Clinton but she looked us in the eye and lied about it when caught. As Donald Trump said, the system was rigged.

Fast forward to December 18. No one seems to remember Democrats, indeed all Americans, were aware of the hack months before the election. There's no new information here and certainly no evidence of campaign collusion in an unlawful act.

The focus is on the demon of the the Cold War, Russia. The, as yet unproven, Boogeyman of the "election hack." 

Only the election wasn't hacked. Not one iota of proof has been offered to suggest a single vote was tampered with by the Trump campaign or anyone else. Electronic voting machines cannot accessed by outside hackers. 

The election was sound. People voted based on what they knew: what they knew about Donald Trump; what they knew about the Democratic Party; and what they knew about Hillary Clinton. Trump won that election.

False news stories and the ability to wage a 40 day negative campaign focusing on one person, the President-Elect, has only served to divide the nation and erode the foundations of its institutions. Fear and desperation rule the day. Democrats appear willing to destroy this nation before they will accept President Trump. 

Shame on them! I call it, "The Russian Gambit."

Just as the Dean's reaction to the psychology teacher's corruption seemed suspect and false, so does the Democratic campaign to destroy the President-elect. They're hoping the Russian Gambit will sway the electoral vote.

Forgive me if it sounds disingenuous when, after decades of coddling murderous despots around the world and modeling "Che chic," the same people have finally found a tyrant they can't stomach. 

Don't upset China by answering a phone call but say nothing conciliatory about Russia? I'm not buying what you're selling. It's smoke and mirrors. 

It's only my opinion and mine is worth no more than yours, but I have one more vote to cast. I will vote for sound cabinet choices, conservative Supreme Court Justices and a myriad of federal judge appointees to come in the next four years. I will vote for the rule of law.

This is why I will cast my vote for the Republican winner of the Texas Presidential election, President-Elect Donald Trump. 


Texas Elector…A Matter of Conscience

I am a Texas elector.

Donald Trump was not my first choice in the Republican Primary. I am an unrepentant Rand Paul supporter; but by the first week of March, Rand Paul was out of the race. I voted for Ted Cruz. 

When Texas electors were chosen last May 14 it was clear that Donald Trump was the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. Every person who asked to be an elector did so fully informed of who was to be the nominee.

Each of us signed a pledge that, as electors, we will support the nominee when called to Austin on December 19.

It is a remarkable year to be an elector. We have received more than 60,000 emails from anti-Trump forces. The emails include passionate pleas, promises of fame, death threats and every vile and vulgar language imaginable. Anyone who is tossed back and forth by waves of public criticism, or who is blown here and there by every wind of a crafty and cunning media, probably ought not be an elector.

Is it possible that our vote could be a matter of conscience? Yes it is. Always. Every state. Each elector. I agree with Hamilton in Federalist 68. But there is nothing new here nor does it rise to the level of disqualification.

So you think that being "without scruple," or "unprincipled and voluptuary," someone "who would plunder the country," is a disqualification?

That's precisely what Alexander Hamilton thought of Aaron Burr, yet I have found no record of Hamilton lobbying electors to change their vote in 1800 when Burr tied Jefferson in the Electoral College. 

Perhaps that is because those are opinions, not facts, and Hamilton knew the difference. 

Are there greater spiritual principles applicable? Certainly. But they are not esoteric proclamations of "ought" to a man whose heart I cannot possibly judge.

The principles that matter apply much closer to home.

As to seeking the role of an elector there is this one: 

Suppose one of you wants to do some great thing. Won't you first sit down and count the cost to see if you have what it takes to see it through? Because if you don't you may find yourself unable to finish and everyone who sees it will ridicule you saying, "This person started something and didn't know what he was getting into." (Luke 14, paraphrased). 

We each knew what we were getting into. This is politics, not choir practice, and it is always a messy business involving imperfect people. God only knows how conflicted the mind of a Hillary Clinton elector must be.

But judging righteousness isn't my job. Not here; not hereafter.

"It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another," (Psalm 75.7 NIV).

Can one really imagine a 1980 Republican elector making judgments of righteousness between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan? It wasn't their job then; it isn't my job now.

What role does conscience play in my decision? It obliges me to do my duty and to keep my word.

I signed a pledge to vote for the party's nominee. The document was probably legally flawed, but I am not looking for a reason to be derelict in my duty.

So, if you want to make this about faith and conscience, let's do. You may call it ethics, morality or values, but something guides one's conscience. Here is how it applies to me; I can speak only to my own.

Conscience and faith compel me to make no commitment without having counted the cost to see if I have the moral fortitude to fulfill my commitment.

Jesus said, "I tell you, do not swear an oath at all…all you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’."

My conscience also tells that my word ought not depend on the validity of the oath I swore. That my "yes" should mean "yes," not "maybe." Trustworthy.

It comes down to whether I will do my duty or seek an excuse in the face of pressure based on non-adjudicated allegations or my distaste for one cabinet pick or another. 

Ironically, to quote the Federalist papers, which were written under pseudonym, as justification for changing a vote because someone doesn't like how the President-Elect uses social media, belies an ignorance of the times. Newspapers and publishing under pseudonym were to readers in 1787 what social media is today: the leading edge of public discourse.

That same thinking might have abandoned Madison in 1808 because one didn't like the fact that Madison previously wrote under an assumed name.

Yes, there is a reason they are called "faithless electors." I refuse to become one. 

I will vote for Donald Trump on December 19 regardless of pressure, peril, or promise of publicity. No oath necessary.

Because I am a Texas elector.


Worst it’s ever been? Remember 1968

The 2016 Presidential Election is U.S. presidential politics at its very worst, right? Hardly!

That premise, promoted by addle-minded baby boomers who smoked too much weed to remember their own history and by millennials desperate to find something to suffer, is the luxury of a generation that sees too little adversity and too much social media.

It's not the worst in this writer's memory. It doesn't even come close. Historians often point to the election of 1800 as the most divisive and bitter of our nation's history. But it isn't necessary to reach that far for a year and an election, that was worse than 2016.

For this writer, 1968 must certainly rank as the worst in memory. Everyone lived under the shadow of the Cold War and fear of nuclear war. School children were drilled in what to do in case of a nuclear attack. Public buildings posted signs designating them as shelters from nuclear fallout.

In many ways the 1968 election began in 1963 – November 22, 1963 to be precise, when a dynamic leader and young father, President John Kennedy, was assassinated. Two days later, with live television cameras rolling, Oswald himself was killed by Dallas strip club owner, Jack Ruby. It's difficult to imagine a time without YouTube, social media and instant news, but we were media virgins then. Live violence was rarely broadcast and TV violence was heavily censored.

Murder and assassination was the rule in the 1960's. Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963, five months before JFK, by a Klansman. In 1965 Malcom X was murdered by three members of the Nation of Islam.

The national mourning lasted through the 1964 election when a Texan, Lyndon Baines Johnson, won the election in an electoral landslide. Johnson was arguably the most corrupt, racist and misogynistic president of the 20th century. Johnson was a bully, demanding that secretaries follow him into the bathroom to take dictation. He was abusive of his wife and subordinates. He consistently called Civil Rights legislation that "n—–r bill."

By 1968, a Presidential Election year, the country was reeling from social upheaval caused in part by the manner in which LBJ and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, were micromanaging the war. 1968 was the worst year of the war for Americans, 16,899 died that year; that's 325 deaths per week.

Anti-war protests, which began in 1965, reached their peak in 1968 and were becoming increasingly violent. The Tet Offensive, launched by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese in January, had demonstrated that the war was nowhere near an end and possibly unwinnable.

Add to that mix the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because of Dr. King's leadership and influence, the movement was a pacifist one up to 1968, enduring attacks, lynchings, beatings and indignity by turning the other cheek.

It was natural that the Civil Rights movement began to join forces with the Anti-War protesters and the violence and destruction grew.

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Republican Richard Nixon, loser of the 1960 contest against John Kennedy, easily defeated California Governor Ronald Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller for the Republican nomination.

Southern segregationist and Democrat George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate on the American Independent ticket, hoping to win enough electoral votes to prevent anyone from winning electoral majority. Wallace calculated that he could be the power broker for the winner if the House of Representatives were to determine the election and that he could negotiate an end to federal desegregation of southern states.

Wallace received 46 electoral votes (Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas electors plus one faithless elector from North Carolina pledged to Nixon) and was the last candidate to receive electoral votes who was not a member of one of the two major parties. He received 13.53% of the vote, concentrated mostly in the southern states.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated by a sniper on the balcony of his Memphis hotel. Blacks rioted in major cities across the country, except Indianapolis where Bobby Kennedy, still grieving the loss of his brother five years earlier, calmed angry African-Americans, reminding them that he, too, had lost someone at the hands of an assassin.

Just two months later, on June 6, 1968, Bobby Kennedy was killed in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night he won the California primary.

America watched Hubert Humphrey receive the Democratic nomination in Chicago, alternating between scenes of the convention and live television of Chicago police beating mostly peaceful protesters. The specter of Chicago haunted Humphrey through the fall.

American cities were burning and the culture was in chaos – the worst in living memory.

History has written the results. Nixon won, then went on to Watergate fame four years later, eventually resigning in disgrace.

But the Republic survived. It survived the corruption of Lyndon Baines Johnson. It outlasted segregationists, assassins, Vietnam and Nixon.

That was a bad year. What we see today is little more than bad entertainment by comparison. Yes, it looks bad. Americans are on the verge of living fully documented lives and what we see just isn't that pretty. 

There appears to be no great statesman out there. We didn't think we had one in 1968 either, but Ronald Reagan sure looked good 12 years later.

*The photo used in the article above is a scene from 1968 Washington, D.C. after the D.C. riots. It was taken by Warren K. Leffler / Library of Congress.


BREAKING: Active Shooter At Ohio State University Campus

There is an active shooter situation at Ohio State University. An NBC Affiliate reported:

An alert was issued for an active shooter on Ohio State University’s Campus, Monday morning.

Ohio State University Police sent the alert at about 9:56am.

The alert said, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

Police are telling people to shelter in place and avoid the area of College Road north.

OSU Emergency Management tweeted the following:

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Emails to Electors reflect the character of HRC supporters…and some observations about media

Emails to Electors reflect the character of the element of the Democratic party that strongly supports HRC. Their reaction to my strongly worded message says more about them than me.

All humor aside, it is critical that Republicans know what kind of people send emails to electors.

 

Media filters

Please allow a quick digression into what you should know about media, including your favorite blogger. We are not conduits of raw news, we are filters of news.

It is impossible to deliver every message to you, so I must filter them and my biases are part of that filter.

When things are calm, or when I have days to think about an article, I have the luxury of examining those biases and how they affect my story. But if I'm an editor with a 10 p.m. deadline competing for the attention of a reader or viewer who is bombarded with sensational stimuli from a half dozen media sources, it is difficult to resist the urge to present the extremes.

Those decisions are even more critical when dealing with images and video. The subjective judgements of what to show are influenced by what readers and viewers find visually interesting. Social media and advanced analytics have made news increasingly consumer driven.

Did I say that too indirectly? Let me say it again.

Gentle reader, the media delivers what your viewing and reading habits tell researchers you want to see. Yes, it's ultimately our fault because we gravitate towards the sensational.

So, know that I could drag out the dozen or fewer, highly offensive, "F–k your God" emails. Headline, You won't believe what HRC supporters are saying, and the last one will shock you. Warning: X-rated. Readers would share that bad news all over social media. The message would go viral. SandstormScholar.com would enjoy fifteen minutes of fame.

But if only a dozen of 8,000+ correspondents chose to behave this way, how representative are they? They are the .2 percenters. And that's about how much attention I intend to give them. Focusing on bad behavior amplifies and empowers bad actors.

Scale is an important but often a neglected part of the story.

 

The character of HRC supporters reflected in emails

I've learned that we listened to the same speeches from the two candidates and heard distinctly difference messages. HRC's message was fear driven and many, many people believed it.

Fear is the stated movitation of most writers. They seem genuinely afraid. That's a terrible thing. Only time will change it.

The reader may find it interesting to know that roughly four fifths of the writers are female.

The following email typifies 75% or more of the messages I receive in emails to electors. If you want to know their ilk, this is it:

As a concerned US Citizen and voter, I naturally sent an electoral college email and got your response. With my personal views aside, I greatly appreciated that you took the time to put up an auto-response that addressed me and my concerns.

Despite political views amongst Americans, what we sometimes forget, which is honestly the most important part, is that because we are Americans we can even have a view/opinion and express it. I will always support the democratic party, but I also am appreciative to anyone in government that takes the time to care, which you did with your auto-responder. It's truly a rare thing.

—Shannan in Georgia

Political convictions aside, the inescapable conclusion about the overwhelming majority of HRC supporters is they are fine Americans, thoughtful, courteous and engaged.

This is a great country and her citizens are great people. If we each know and assume that about the other we can begin to heal.


Emails to an Elector…with a few personal reflections

I am grateful to the Republican Congressional District 19 Caucus for choosing me as one of 38 electors. With the victory of Donald Trump in Texas we are officially the Texas electors for the 2016 Presidential Election.

This is a bucket list item for me. I have been blessed with incredible opportunities over the last 25 years. I served seven years on the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct and am the only citizen to have chaired that body. Lubbock County elected me to two terms as County Chair. Both have enriched me with relationships and experiences.

But to have the honor and privilege of participating in the constitutional process is the pinnacle citizenship experience for me. A goal since I first read the constitution at age 12. Everything else comes second to this.

We meet December 19 to cast our votes. Texas electors are bound only by their oaths and consciences. The meeting is open and the public is invited to the Capitol to witness this meaningful memorial of the Republic.

This year Democrats launched an unprecedented lobbying effort in an attempt to peel away 21 electors from the Republican nominee. The names and contact information of electors were published on several websites. Most of us received hundreds of emails imploring us to vote for Hillary Clinton, John McCain or anyone but Trump.

And that is the right of every citizen: the right to petition for redress of wrongs. I believe that right, specifically to petition congress, extends to all elected representatives and to electors.

Texas has never had a faithless elector. I commit myself to doing everything I can to ensure that there are none this year either.

I have answered each of approximately 400 emails. Most are cordial and receive cordial responses. Some provoke sharper responses. I've no doubt that the reader of these will find himself thinking that he would answer some things differently. Like the scorpion in the parable, we cannot change our nature. My nature is to write decidedly unsweetened editorials and commentary.

Ignorance annoys me; as does a lack of historical perspective. Sometimes it shows. I offer no defense or apology.

Though I have no obligation to do so, as a matter of courtesy I have attempted to remove email addresses and phone numbers of the senders. The Electoral College does the business of the People and its processes, debates, communications and meetings belong to the People.

Please read my responses with some sense of satire, irony, humor and the occasional need to play with the mouse before pouncing on it.

Finally, I am unashamedly Texocentric. Texas is better. Texans are superior. That fundamental presupposition may creep into the discussion below now and then. 

Following are twenty-eight email exchanges of nearly 400. The reader will benefit if he begins at the end. The more interesting ones are towards the end and email threads are read bottom up.

 

Electoral college votes

 
 

From: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Date: November 15, 2016 at 11:47:27 AM CST

To: Evernote Upload <lscottmann.e239bca@m.evernote.com>

Subject: Electoral college votes

 

Date: November 12, 2016 at 7:27:54 PM CST
To: "robinson.keller" 
Subject: Re: Electoral college votes

 

 

 

Peace.
 

 

 

On Nov 12, 2016, at 7:26 PM, robinson.keller <robinson.keller@gmail.com> wrote:

 

Hello,
 
While I do agree that it is best to trust the Lord in all of this (I was raised Christian), I do not believe that God wants His children to be abused by those around them who also say they are Christians. The golden rule says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And the Bible says, "hear what Christ our savior says, your shall love the Lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first commandment and the second is like unto it. Your shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." If Jesus came back right now, I can honestly say that He would not be pleased with he way humanity is acting towards each other. We could go back and forth with this all night. I realize that you may not want another Democrat in the Oval Office right now. However, this man is going to make you all wish you had voted in Secretary Clinton.
 
Have a good evening.
 
Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
 
——– Original message ——–
Date: 11/12/16 8:06 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: "robinson.keller" 
Subject: Re: Electoral college votes
 
Apparently you've seen the second-best I have to offer. The best I can say is, it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
 
Be well,
 
L. Scott Mann
 
On Nov 12, 2016, at 6:52 PM, robinson.keller wrote:
 
 
Mr. Mann , 
 
I am writing to you today to ask that on December 19 you cast your vote for Hillary Clinton. I'm not asking this for you to tell me to "put on my big boy pants ," like you so eloquently told my friend. I am asking this because the current time president elect is completely unfit to be the President of the United States. He is a person who condones sexual assault against women, mocks the disabled, supports conversion therapy which is extremely harmful, wants to ban Muslims for no reason other than their religion, doesn't believe women should have the choice to govern their own bodies, in addition to many other despicable things. As a person who belongs to multiple groups that the current president elect is not so fond of, I would appreciate knowing that at least one person would take these things seriously. People in the same groups as me are currently being harassed and abused in the name of this man. If you do not believe me, feel free to read credible news sources to see that this is really happening. My brothers and sisters across this country and scared for their lives thanks to Mr. Trump and the empowerment he has given to the many racists in this country.
 
So please, on December 19, vote for Hillary Clinton to be the 45th President of these United States. 
 
Thank you, 
Keller Robinson
 
Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
 

 

 

 

 

Electoral College

 
 
          From: "Marcy Barrios"
Date: November 12, 2016 at 8:59:51 PM CST

 

 

To: <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: RE: Electoral College

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

Sincerely,

Marcella Barrios

 


From: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com [mailto:sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com]

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 6:48 PM

To: Marcy Barrios

Subject: Re: Electoral College

 

 

 

 

 

Marcy,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic. I appreciate you sharing Hamilton. I've read extensively his writings on the subject. Thank you for your depth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Scott Mann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
On Nov 12, 2016, at 8:37 PM, Marcy Barrios <> wrote:

Esteemed member of the Electoral College, please remember the spirit of the Constitution when casting your vote for the President of the United States of America.  As noted by Alexander Hamilton in “The Federalist Papers,” the Constitution is designed to ensure “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” Your role as a member of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”  Please vote conscientiously, not merely as a member of a party, but as a representative of the American people.  Hear our voices, and cast your vote in a manner that reflects the best interests and values of the American people, and the ethos that led to the foundation of this great nation.  Please do not allow our beacon of hope to be shrouded.

 

Sincerely,

Marcella Barrios

 


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Your Vote Matters-

 
 
Date: November 12, 2016 at 9:22:56 PM CST
To: Amber Ruffo
Subject: Re: Your Vote Matters-

 

 

 

Amber,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
On Nov 12, 2016, at 9:15 PM, Amber Ruffo wrote:
 
Hello, all. My name is Amber Ruffo. I am writing to you all today to voice my concerns and fears. I urge you to listen and read this entire email, please. I want to share a story with you, something my husband heard and saw with his own eyes. Two days after the election, my husband was in line to pick up our son. He had the car off, and the windows down. A group of older kids (2-5 grade) were outside, and a group of white children had sectioned off a group of hispanic children. My husband heard these white children call the others the "n" word, told them to "go back to where you came from" and "get back with your own kind". We immediately contacted the principle at the school. The reason I am sharing this story with you? These are children. These are the little humans who are going to grow up and have to live in the nation we create today. The fact that these kids are doing this, along with so many adults in our nation, should terrify you. It scares me. It scares me as a parent to think that if we don't make a change, this is the country our children will live in. Mr. Trump is not fit to be president of this country. As a mother, as a woman, as someone who has gay family and friends, is married to someone who is of color… the thought of this man having complete control of our country scares me. I urge you, please consider what the people of the nation want. We voted, and Hillary won the popular vote. We, the people, chose her to serve as our Commander in Chief. As Electors, you represent your state, what your people want. We want Hillary! I urge you to consider my words, my plea, for you to help us. I know that some states did vote for Donald Trump, but please, consider being a faithless elector, and voting blue, instead of red. I want to make it clear that I don't have anything against the Republican party- I have issues with who was chosen to represent the Republican party. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I wish you all the best of luck, God bless you all.

 

 

 

– Sincerely,

      Amber Ruffo

      A concerned American. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hard Decision

 
 
From: Amy Lee
Date: November 13, 2016 at 8:07:23 AM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Re: A Hard Decision

 

Dear Scott,

 

 

 

 

You have no idea what this email means to me. I am happy to receive feedback from someone, and also happy that it was from one of my states, my sister lives in Austin. Tell your significant other they have one of the most important jobs that exists, and I really appreciate both your contributions to our society. Have a great weekend.
Thanks so much,
Amy
 
On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 8:57 AM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

 

 

 

Amy,
 
An elementary school art teacher (Mrs. ___) was a powerful influence in my life and I am married to an elementary school principal. I say that so you will know that I value you and the work that you do.
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:50 AM, Amy Lee wrote:
 

Dear Scott Mann,

I am writing you personally at this time to discuss the heavy decision that comes before you. At this time, you have the most important and hardest job in this country. I do not doubt that this is a very stressful responsibility. The great part about it, is that you have the opportunity spark great changes and restore faith in our electoral process!

I am an elementary art teacher in Florida. As an adult, I feel like I can weather a storm, make it through a presidential term that I did not support. As a teacher, I do not feel like I can make it through the storm. Each day we teach our students to respect each other, to choose words that are meaningful, to celebrate differences, to work hard, to follow the rules of the school and laws of the United States, and to be held accountable for their actions. The day after the election, I did not know what to teach them anymore. Students were both crying and worried for their futures, or celebrating the election and using it as a reason for disrespect to other classmates. I do not know how to explain this to my students. I do not know how to tell them that Donald Trump is our well-deserved leader and we should look to him as an example.

As an adult, I can come to terms with the election results. As a teacher, please understand that I cannot. For our posterity, please provide an example of when the Electoral College did the right thing. Become a page in the history books showing the time when America turned a wrong into a right. I highly appreciate your time, and look forward to your decision.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 
Amy Weiss
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Electoral college votes

 
 
From: "Caitlin O'Connell" 
Date: November 13, 2016 at 1:10:10 PM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Re: Electoral college votes

 

Dear sir,

 

 

 

Thank you for responding to my email. I have done some further research to provide you with sources, as you said. The number I quoted came from a source I found to be reputable but since may have been debunked, and for that, I apologize. While I can't offer a concrete number or names, as it seems any families involved have not come forward to protect their privacy, I can provide proof that calls to suicide hotlines such as the Trevor Project have increased dramatically. More information can be found here.

 

 

 

http://www.hrc.org/blog/after-election-lgbtq-youth-are-panicked-heres-what-we-can-do-to-help-them

 

https://mic.com/articles/159094/at-least-2-trans-youth-have-committed-suicide-since-election-lgbtq-hotline-calls-surge#.i3rQ6zpDP

 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/transgender-crisis-suicide-prevention-hotline-receives-record-number/story?id=43444126

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/10/transgender-rights-lgbt-donald-trump-presidency

 

Thank you again for listening to my concerns.

 

 

 

All best wishes,

 

 

 

-Caitlin
 
 
On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 1:57 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

 

 

 

Caitlin,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
Postscript: Every suicide is disturbing and tragic; the suicide of a child even more so. I would have to see evidence, names and police reports, of your allegation that "less than 24 hours after it was announced he won, eight transgender children killed themselves" before I accept that as truth. The journalist in me is skeptical. That said, I will mourn even one.
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 12:39 PM, Caitlin O'Connell wrote:
 
Dear Sir,

 

 

 

 

I am writing to beg you to consider using your electoral vote in favor of Hillary Clinton.

 

 

 

 

I know this is an unusual and nigh-unprecedented event, but in the face of a campaign built on lies, hatred, and bigotry, this is our last chance to uphold American ideals. Trump does not stand for any of the values we have put forth as a country since our founding: values that say immigrants can come from nothing and build a life for themselves, values that say governments are beholden to the people they govern, values that say we are all equal in the eyes of the law.

 

 

 

 

There have been over 200 hate crimes since Mr. Trump was elected. It's been less than a week, and already there has been more violence than in the aftermath of 9/11. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/12/post-election-spate-hate-crimes-worse-than-post-911-experts-say/93681294/

 

 

 

 

It will only get worse from here.
 

In less than 24 hours after it was announced he won, eight transgender children killed themselves. The transgender suicide crisis line has only been able to answer a third of the calls they have received, they are so overwhelmed. It's easy to understand why, when the vice president-elect is more interested in investing money to torture children into being straight with shock therapy than helping them.

 

 

 

 

It will only get worse from here.
 

The fact that Russia has had a huge hand in Trump's victory should be a wild conspiracy, instead of fact. http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37928171

 

 

 

 

It will only get worse from here.
 

Hillary Clinton has won over two million more votes than Mr. Trump. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/us-election-hillary-clinton-more-votes-popular-vote-any-candidate-barack-obama-donald-trump-a7413596.html The people have spoken and they do not want to be represented by a bigoted, sexist, failed businessman who has stated time and time again that he will take away so many hard-won rights.

 

 

 

 

As a woman and a member of the LGTB+ community, I am afraid. I have friends who are POC, non-Christian, or disabled who are utterly terrified. We need the protection of our government rather than a government that actively wants us not to exist.

 

 

 

 

Please. I implore you to use your vote in favor of Hillary Clinton. I implore you to become the last best hope of American democracy.

 

 

 

 

Sincerely,
 

-Caitlin O'Connell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Electoral College voting…

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
Date: November 13, 2016 at 1:16:43 PM CST
To: Robs John Muir
Subject: Re: Electoral College voting…

 

 

 

Robs,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic. I respect people who choose to write instead of riot.
 
Two things. First, please check your math; it's as fuzzy as Hillary Clinton's understanding of how to handle state secrets. Second, because you are from California, my birthplace (U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego), and because California has devolved into such a pathetic whining mess, I must also share with you the following advice given by my friend Carl Tepper to Ted Cruz after the Republican Convention. Please review it and take it to heart. It is instructive.
 
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
On Nov 13, 2016, at 1:07 PM, Robs John Muir wrote:
 
Dear Electoral Congress Delegate,
 
The recent election result underscores the crucial need for independent voting during the upcoming Electoral College decision.
 
I urge you to consider the will of the people when you vote and acknowledge that, at the current moment, more that 630,877 more voters preferred Hillary Clinton over the second-most vote receiver. More than one percent more US voters chose Ms. Clinton over any other candidate. Coupled with wide-spread reports of voting irregularities—including voter suppression, charges of ballot tampering, partisan gerrymandering, and unwarranted interference in our voting processes by foreign entities and domestic government officials—I would suggest that delegates should NOT be bound by the result of the popular vote by state but should, instead, respect the will of the entire nation’s popular vote. To do otherwise would disrespect the will of the People.
 
When casting your vote as an Elector, please respect the National Will by confirming the next president of the United States based on the national popular vote. Our democracy rests with your decision.
 
Regards,
Robs Muir.
 
 
— 
Robs John Muir / Claremont, CA    | Money isn't everything…
             | it isn't plentiful, for instance.
 

 

 

 

 

A Call for Action

 
 
 
From: Zane Rè-Bloom
Date: November 13, 2016 at 4:58:33 PM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Re: A Call for Action

 

Thank you kindly for your personal response and kind words in this difficult time.

 

 

 

 

 
The anarchist who were rioting in downtown Portland are a very small minority of the rest of the city. We do hope the violence will cease so that the peaceful protests that come from the heart of our great city may continue on.
 
Thank you once again. Your words and message are appreciated greatly.
 
God Bless,
 
Zane and Dana
 
On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 2:41 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

 

 

 

Zane & Dana,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic. Thank you also for writing, not rioting like your fellow Democrats in Portland.
 
I am married to an educator who is an elementary school principal. I say that so that you  will know I value you and your work.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
I send anyone from Oregon, since it has been the center of lawless and violent demonstration and riot, the following recommendation. It is advice from my good friend Carl Tepper to Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention. It is apropos for Oregonians and others experiencing irrational phobia and uncontrolled weeping.
 
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 4:32 PM, Zane Rè-Bloom wrote:
 

November 13, 2016 

 

Dear Electors of the U.S. Electoral College:

The American people have spoken and their votes and voices were muted. Subsequently, we are speaking to you directly. The nation’s founders created the Electoral College because they wanted to preserve “the sense of the people” and simultaneously safeguard that a president is chosen by people “most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.” We are calling on you now to do the job issued to your post by the founders of our nation. We are asking you to appoint the person who is most capable, most flexible, most deliberate, and most responsive to the American public, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On November 8, 2016, it was televised that Donald J. Trump had been elected President of the United States despite the fact that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by what is approximately 700,000 more votes than Trump, to date. Votes are still being counted in California, Washington, and New York. When all of the votes have been tallied, Secretary Clinton’s lead could be the largest lead in history (even more than the lead of current President Barak Obama during the 2012 election).

The American public is terrified, angry, and anxious that the presidential election was called in Trump’s favor when the majority of the American people voted for Secretary Clinton. It doesn’t make sense that this has happened. Reputable news outlets have reported that Russia tampered with the election process. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, has publicly rooted for the victory of Donald Trump and has admitted to making contact with Trump during his presidential campaign. The American public needs the Electoral College now more than ever before.

“The electoral college is a disaster for democracy,” Donald Trump said November 6, 2012. Trump repeatedly called out the electoral process as a broken system during his campaign. In the meantime, he strategically worked the system he defined as broken and campaigned in the swing states with authoritarian, hate-fueled, divisive speeches designed to impassion rural white Americans. He used fear to urge white, rural Americans to vote, and incited an uprising of white supremacy and male power, while inspiring the KKK, religious radicals, and the wealthiest 1% of all Americans – a skewed and inaccurate representation of America.

Russian espionage is not the only interference suffered by the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. FBI Director, James Comey, interrupted the election process eight days before election night, which directly violated the Hatch Act. It is especially disconcerting that Comey reopened the case when there was no new material on a case that had already been closed with evidence of no wrong doing on the part of Candidate Secretary Clinton.

Furthermore, the lawsuits regarding Trump University for fraud, breech of contract, false advertising, and racketeering are grounds for impeachment. The lawsuit regarding the

 

 

 

 

child rape case of a 13-year-old girl that accused Trump of tying her to a bed and repeatedly raping her with convicted pedophile and billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein, is not only grounds for impeachment, it is grounds for imprisonment.

Not only did the American public vote in Hillary Clinton by popular vote (and possibly the most popular in U.S. History), the Russian government tampered with the election, and the person named Commander-In-Chief-elect, is already in the process of being sued for impeachable offenses. Additionally, daily national and international anti-Trump protests have broken out across the nation, with massive protests already scheduled to take place in Washington D.C. on inauguration day.

Donald Trump isn’t a public servant. He isn’t a decent or ethical human being. He is dividing our nation and making this world a dangerous place for us all. Please see the long list of examples attached. *

The American people respect the democratic system. The American people want to uphold order and democracy. The Electoral College was organized to prevent a tyrant from taking power. (According to Merriam Webster Dictionary a tyrant is someone who uses power in a cruel or unfair way.) Donald Trump has tyrannical tendencies. If there was ever a time to exercise the power of the Electoral College, the time is now.

We are coming to you to ask that you vote for presidential popular vote winner Secretary Hillary Clinton on December 19, 2016, in order to preserve the state of the union that our founders envisioned, the democracy that we represent to the world, and the example we set by leading.

America is a country of immigrants. It is a country of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. This is not my America. This is not your America. This is our America. “United we stand, divide we fall.”

Sincerely,

Zane and Dana Ré-Bloom

Educators

Portland, OR, U.S.A. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<The Donald Trump List of Examples.pdf>

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

A Message for an Electoral College Voter

Author: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

 
 

From: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Date: November 13, 2016 at 7:13:46 PM CST

To: Concerned Voter <concernedvoter19@gmail.com>

Subject: Re: A Message for an Electoral College Voter

 

Dear Concerned,
 
I ordinarily have a very cordial response to these emails. But you are one of the only ones to contact me who is too fearful to give your name. Your cowardice insults me.
 
Grow up. Buck up. Learn to live with change because it is coming. Not the change you recklessly speculate below, but change that will make our country better and make more economic opportunities available for all.
 
You need to do what Carl Tepper advised Ted Cruz to do. Watch the interview below. It is instructive. And you need it desperately. 
 
 
God bless America and God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Peace and goodwill,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 6:58 PM, Concerned Voter <concernedvoter19@gmail.com> wrote:

 

 

Dear Scott Mann,

 

I am writing to share with you the fear that I have of a Donald Trump presidency and to implore you to not cast your electoral college vote for him on December 19.

 

I want America to be great. I really do. But Donald Trump isn’t the one who will help us do it. He has unleashed the darkest aspects of our culture. He has divided the nation – and he has not even made it into office yet. There has been a marked increase in hate and violence since the election results – particularly toward those who are different, toward those who are not white or male. This isn’t what the Republican party stands for. This isn’t what America stands for. And I hope that this isn’t what you stand for either.

 

I fear our reputation has been damaged abroad as well. Turkey – a country that won’t even be allowed to join the European Union because it does not represent the values that Western nations hold dear – Turkey has issued a safety warning against traveling in America. We are less safe in Turkey’s eyes than other Middle Eastern nations. Let that sink in.

 

The largest embarrassment and biggest concern, however, comes from the fact that the president-elect is allied with the Russian government. Donald Trump will be privy to the most sensitive information that our government has – and he is confirmed to be linked to the Russians and Putin. Are you comfortable with the idea that Donald Trump may share intelligence secrets with the Russian government? That he may put some of our best spies or greatest allies at risk? I’m not.

 

You may think that having Donald Trump, as the Republican candidate, in office will mean more of your work is done, your values forwarded, but history doesn’t make this seem likely. Donald is out for himself. He has mocked your greatest leaders, Paul Ryan or John McCain, the military, the intelligence community. He is not a man who is built on compromise. Hillary Clinton – with all of her human flaws – knows what it means to govern and compromises on issues even I don’t want her to, but does it because she knows what it means to work in a democracy. Even more scary than nothing getting done, is work that benefits no one but Trump being done.

 

Last, I am afraid. I am afraid that Donald Trump will break this country in irreparable ways, that he may has already. That our citizens will leave. That our states will cede. That we will be launched into a civil war or depression or holocaust that won’t be rivaled by those in history. Maybe I have become irrational with fear – but the violence we are already seeing in our great country seems to confirm and grow my fears each day. I have never written a letter like this. Never participated in my democracy in any way other than voting. Yet now, only a mere 5 days out from the election results, I have participated in more ways than I ever thought I would.

 

My ask is simple. Do not vote for Donald Trump. I could implore you to vote for Hillary Clinton – and I really I think you should since she won the popular vote – but please just do not vote for Donald Trump.

 

I thank you for your attention to my letter and for your service to our country.

 

Sincerely,

A concerned voter

 

(I am leaving out my name and contact information for fear of retaliation from Trump supporters)

 

 

 

 

 

Electoral Vote decision 2016

 
 
 
Date: November 13, 2016 at 7:30:30 PM CST
To: Annette Albanese 
Subject: Re: Electoral Vote decision 2016

 

 

 

Annette,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:25 PM, Annette Albanese wrote:
 

Dear Electoral College Representatives,

     I write to you today to respectfully request that you consider the American people's popular vote choice Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

 

     I strongly feel that Mr. Donald Trump is an extremely poor & dangerous choice for president based on his bigotry, prejudice,& racism. Especially for his disrespect & intolerance for women, gays,handicapped & minorities, his waffling of major issues & campaign promises, and his incredible ability to cause hate & division among the American people.

 

      America needs a strong, decisive, experienced leader who will listen to the needs of all the people regardless of their sex, race or beliefs. A diplomat who is adept at dealing with world powers in a volatile time. Secretary Clinton is a much respected figure in the international community. Please consider our popular vote winner for the position of president of the United States of America.

                                                                                        Thank you for your time & consideration,

                                                                                                                                Annette Albanese

                                                                                                                                 Rhode Island, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your chance to make a HUGE difference.

 
 
 
From: Undine Brod <>
Date: November 13, 2016 at 8:20:33 PM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Re: Your chance to make a HUGE difference.

 

Mr. Mann, 

 

You have accepted a public role to be an elector in the Electoral College, thus I have not randomly contacted you to let you know my thoughts. I don't think as a public figure in government you can chose who contacts you. It's an integral part of democracy – to listen to the people. 

 

In regards to understanding how you've felt for eight years, I can't say that I have any true idea nor will the information change my request to you. I, for one, have accepted each President since I first came of age to form my own opinions. I have not been horribly ashamed and thoroughly disgusted with any Democratic or Republican US President since my understanding of government began to develop, which includes: Ronald Reagan, George W H Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Barak Obama. I am not anti-government political party rather I am just anti-Donald Trump, because he seems to have complete disregard for the the law and human rights. There are many other Republican candidates that have dignity, a moral compass, experience, the ability to communicate with respect, etc. above and beyond what Donald Trump has shown us over his adult lifetime. Again, I ask you to consider your vote deeply and choose another candidate. 

 

As for rioting coming from me, you ought not worry as I've never been one to lean towards violence at all. Ever. I do, however, fully support non-violent protests, demonstrations, sit-ins and boycotts.

 

In regards to my art, thank you. 

 

Sincerely, Undine

 
 
 

 

 

 

 


From: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

 

 

Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 12:16 PM

To: Undine Brod

Subject: Re: Your chance to make a HUGE difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undine,
 
I'm unconcerned with what do not respect. They are my words. I didn't solicit your contact; you asked for mine. 
 
I am relieved that you do seem to understand what I've felt for eight years. Yet every day I have called Barak Obama my President, because he is, and I prayed for his well-being.
 
My advice to you is the same advice my good friend, Carl Tepper, gave to Ted Cruz after the Republican National Convention. I urge you to watch this interview. It is instructive. 
 
A Texas GOP delegate, Carl Tepper, joins MSNBC’s Tamron Hall to discuss how Ted Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump during his speech on Wednesday night and gives his …
 

 

 
Thank you for writing instead of rioting. I value that. I like your art too.
 
Peace, safety and goodwill to you,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
 
 
On Nov 13, 2016, at 10:53 AM, Undine Brod wrote:
 

Mr. Mann, 

 

Thank you for writing back to me. Your answer is however vague. I don't expect you to tell me or anyone who you will be voting for as it is an anonymous and private decision. Although you get to make it on behalf of ALL of Texas and the United States, so I would hope you would let us know. You are in an incredibly powerful position right now. 

 

What I don't respect at this point is you telling me that I do not need to have fear. That is not your call to make and it disregards my feelings all together. I most certainly do have fear and worries and concerns for our whole country. I am more privilege than many in this country and I don't directly fear for my own personal safety and well being, but rather I fear for the world and the millions and millions that could suffer under Trump's leadership. 

 

He is a sexual predator that has allowed violence and bigotry and hatred to be acceptable through not acting against it at his rallies. He has also said many many many hateful things towards many different groups of people. He has not shown any remorse for any of this nor has he apologized for much of his behavior. He doesn't seem to take responsibility for his actions nor is he a role model for the young men of this country. He has flip-flopped over the years on many issues. I don't think he is good for the Republican Party or the country. His is a loose cannon and most likely we will always be guessing what his "moves" are going to be with each issue that comes up. I will continue to have fears for the next four years if you and your electors vote for him at this stage. 

 

Sincerely, Undine 

 


From: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

 

 

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 7:20 PM

To: Undine Brod

Subject: Re: Your chance to make a HUGE difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undine,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic. 
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
On Nov 12, 2016, at 4:16 PM, Undine Brod wrote:
 

Dear Electors:

 

On December 19th, 2016, you will meet with your fellow Electors to cast your vote for President and Vice President of the United States. There is a path to putting a Republican in the White House who is not Donald Trump.

 

I plead to you to remove Donald Trump from your ballot and replace him with another Constitutionally qualified candidate of your choosing. I'm not stating it has to be Hillary Clinton, rather any other Republican that you deem qualified. One that has not expressed their rationale for being a sexual predator. One who has not offended people from so many different backgrounds. And, one who actually pays their taxes. 

 

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College, in part, to safeguard our Republic from those unfit to lead. Donald Trump is precisely that in so many ways. Please take the time to consider wisely how you will cast your vote on December 19th. Please familiarize yourself with the process you will face on December 19th and see that you have options. You do not have to vote for Donald Trump. You have so much power right now that will make a huge difference for the country. Your vote will be anonymous, so please don't be afraid to vote for someone other than Trump. 

 

Sincerely, Undine Brod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watched the video about Ted Cruz and believe me I do not like the man one bit..conceited nut case

 
 
 
From: Mary Durney
Date: November 13, 2016 at 10:46:01 PM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Watched the video about Ted Cruz and believe me I do not like the man one bit..conceited nut case

 

Mr. Mann,
 
Ted Cruz is a conceited nut case period. I am not talking or questioning who was elected by the College count but I am talking about "the Man(?)" who was elected.
I can never "stand by" this man. I will never think of him as my president if he does 1.4 of the things he says he will do that I view as destructive & dangerous. I understand he might do some good but the dangers are too great.
 
I am very proud of some of the progress in California. Every State has it's problems, and our is a huge and complicated state, look at Kansas for instance, a complete disaster.
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All I ask is that you read my letter if you've not had a chance and read & think about the articles included.
I respect your decision what ever it is. Mostly I appreciate your service to the country. Thank you for that.
 
Mary
 
On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 6:46 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

 

 

 

Mary,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
I was born in California, and I mourn the socialist nanny state it has become. I suggest you review the following, grow up, buck up and get ready because change is coming. Not the change you so recklessly allege, but change that will benefit all citizens willing to work and avail themselves of opportunities.
 
 
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Mary Durney wrote:
 
Dear Dedicated Electors,
 
Thank you for the hard work and difficult responsibility before your on Dec 19th. There has been no time in history, except perhaps the Civil War​ when the men and women doing your job have faced such a challenge. I truly believe you are in a position to make American History and save our country from serious dangers, perhaps the World as well. 
I have spent considerable time selecting and copying in the article below which I hope you will take time to re or re-read. Thank you.
I am a 67 year old woman. I am the mother of two daughters. My 35 year old, who has a BA in Political Science & a Masters in Organizational Development has just spent 3 years in Europe working in several countries on the cutting edge of Green Energy for one of the largest companies in the World in a high position. She had my first grandchild 14 months ago. My 2nd daughter 29, who graduated from Barnard College and Columbia, Cum Laude: arrived in Indonesia two days ago to begin 10 months of field work in the study of fisheries and local government to complete her PHD thesis at University of Arizona. We scrapped to get these girls thru school.
 
I was afraid for our Country for a few days after 9-11 but I knew how strong we were.
Since the Election of Trump I have been terrified everyday. Most people I know believe I have an unusually high level of good intuition. I sincerely believe that Trump is a severe danger to not only our country but to the World at large. In the 1930's Germany was one of the most advanced countries in the World but it was still over taken by a dangerous populist demagogue who lead the World into a war that killed close to likely a trillion people and devastated cultural centers of Europe. 
You must understand that we are no immune from this danger and even if Trump doesn't cause nuclear was which is a likely risk he will definitely help Russia gain power and help Europe break up further.
His presidency is not the example America wants to set for the World. The damage to our country reputation and trust will be possibly irreversible.
You must make history and deny this unstable man the Presidency. I think Hillary Clinton, even with her flaws, having won the Popular vote likely by over 2 ,million when all ballots are in is a likely choice. I know she will work with Republicans to do what is best for the Country. If you believe in Bi-Partisan efforts please consider her. The other two highest vote getter are obviously unqualified. So Clinton is really the only choice. If it is really proved later that she has broken the law she can be impeached then and history will take a far better course then with Trump leading the most powerful nation on earth.
Take Global Warming seriously. Our very planet and the welfare of your grandchildren is at stake.
Don't worry about the negative ramifications for your carrier. Shortly down the line you will be proven to have been heroines and heroes and be duly awarded the, I see this in the future for you call. 
Please consider Country ( & by God the whole World) before just your Party. It will hold both the Senate & the House. That is enough.
May your God or Spiritual Practise guide you at this difficult time. The World is counting on you to do the wise and right thing. 
 
Sincerely, Mary Durney, Penngrove, California, Nov 13th,2016

 

  ​I. ​

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

 

​​

2.​

Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump Will Have Terrifying Powers

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/11/commander-in-chief-donald-trump-will-have-terrifying-powers-thanks-obama/

 

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3

​.

Trump’s Environmental Plans Spell Disaster

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/20005-2/

 

 

 

4.​ 

 

Donald Trump's cabinet of horrors

http://theweek.com/articles/661275/donald-trumps-cabinet-horrors

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Sam Brownback, possible agriculture secretary. There would be something fitting in Brownback's appointment, because the Kansas governor has laid waste to his state with the kind of experiment in conservative policymaking Trump plans to bring to the whole country. Brownback's right-wing dream of tax and regulatory cuts was supposed to provide a national model for conservative governance, and boy has it: The economy has been weak and the state government's finances have been crippled, leading to vicious budget cuts and an internal war within the Kansas GOP.

​"​

4.

The Donald Trump cabinet picks list is starting to be revealed 

​"​

Trump’s election haven’t seen anything yet. More than simply rolling back Obamacare and every other policy decision President Obama has made over the last eight years, the cabinet Trump seems to be choosing will likely gut or entirely eliminate fundamental environmental, social and human rights

​ and 

protections.

​"​

 

http://www.inquisitr.com/3710331/donald-trump-cabinet-picks-list-palin-at-interior-chris-christie-attorney-general-and-breitbarts-bannon-as-chief-of-staff-is-stuff-of-nightmares-for-democrats/#ElQGHri1uYzy3dok.99

5.​ 

Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders

​ ​

Endorsing Donald Trump

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/trump-supporters-neo-nazis-white-nationalists-kkk-militias-racism-hate

 

 

 

 

​6. ​

Islamic State celebrates Donald Trump election victory

 

6.

Yes, A Trump Presidency Would Bring Fascism To America

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/05/31/yes-a-trump-presidency-would-bring-fascism-to-america/#13d594922a75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Durney

 

 

 

 

P.O. Box 473, Penngrove, CA94951

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Conservatives for a Sensible Alternative – John McCain

 
 
 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 7:29:18 AM CST
To: Frank Dominguez 
Subject: Re: Conservatives for a Sensible Alternative – John McCain

 

 

 

Frank,
 
You are out of your mind. John McCain, who served his country honorably in war, has been part of the problem in the Senate. 
 
If you want more of the same then you keep putting up the same people. 
 
I want change. 
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
Texas Elector, District 19
 
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 7:10 AM, Frank Dominguez <> wrote:
 

Conservatives for a Sensible Alternative (CSA) propose that you cast your vote for president forJohn McCain on December 19th.  If you do, you won’t be alone.

 

Why:

It is undisputed that the GOP has been given a mandate with this election.  We need a President with experience in Washington.  We don’t need a newcomer obsessed with answering comedians on twitter.  The CSA feels that it is in the best interest of the Country, specifically the Right, that you assist in selecting a President who will best achieve our collective goals. 

 

The Plan:

If 21 GOP electors vote for John McCain, neither party will have the required 270 votes.  Then the Republican dominated House will select the next president from the top three.  Maverick McCain will win them over.

 

Your Benefit:

We only ask that you vote your conscience.  Regardless of your decision, your vote will make history.  Please consider our Sensible Alternative.  Regardless of the outcome, the GOP are guaranteed the Presidency.  If we succeed, your name will be known by the next administration.  But again, we only ask for your vote if you feel this is a better option. 

 

Where we stand:

We need a minimum of 21 GOP electors and we have 35 days.  We aren’t there yet.

 

I am available to discuss the matter further at your convenience.  Please contact me for any reason

 

Frank J. Dominguez

Chief Liaisons Officer

Conservatives for a Sensible Alternative (CSA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Plea for the Sake of Our Country

 
 
 
From: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

 

 

Date: November 14, 2016 at 7:46:52 AM CST

To: kelly kingston 
Subject: Re: A Plea for the Sake of Our Country

 

 

 

 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
Postscript: Is it appropriate to use a non-profit organization to do political lobbying?
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 7:35 AM, kelly kingston wrote:
 
Dear Electoral College,
 
The Electoral College was formed in the eighteenth century to protect the interests or rural america (13 states), in particular, the sparsely populated slave owners in the southern states. This system is vastly outdated and should be eliminated, as slavery was. As has happened before, the Electoral College vote and the popular vote are inconsistent, with the popular vote for Hillary amassing a 1.8 million excess over the Trump vote, at this time.
 
I respectively request that you consider voting for the popular vote, whether it matches your state’s mandate or not. I don’t know whether or not President Elect Trump’s campaign rhetoric was a calculated effort to attract votes. I sense that he genuinely speaks his mind. He certainly has made valid points regarding the disenfranchised workers in the rust belt and elsewhere, but his comments on minorities and women are inappropriate and must cause you concern as well as some of his newly named staff with the likes of Stephen Bannon, just to name one.  
 
I founded a non-profit called Share The Stoke Foundation that helps empower kids all over the world through the sport of surfing.  I now see that my focus must shift to affect more children in the US who must be taught love and tolerance for all of our neighbors.  I believe that through surfing I can accomplish this.  That is my commitment to this country.
 
For your children’s, grandchildren’s, and future generation’s sake, please vote for the popular vote.

 

 

Kelly Kingston

 

 

 

 

Founder

 

 

Share The Stoke Foundation 501c3

 

561.603.
 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump and the Electoral College

 
 
 
 
From: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

 

 

Date: November 14, 2016 at 12:45:18 PM CST

To: Joseph Tomarchio <>
Subject: Re: Donald Trump and the Electoral College

 

 

 

Joe,
 
Move to Canada, Mexico or Russia for all I care. 
 
97% of those who email me receive a cordial and grateful response. 
 
People who do not believe in the rule of law, who "cannot accept" Donald Trump or any other duly elected President, should leave.
 
I endured 8 years of Barak Obama; he is the most lawless President in our history and has done this nation great damage. That notwithstanding, every day for the last 8 years I prayed for his well-being and I called him my President because he is.
 
I will vote my conscience December 19th. Of that you can be certain.
 
If you can't handle that elections have consequences then we don't need you.
 
Peace and goodwill,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Joseph Tomarchio wrote:
 

I will not accept Donald Trump as our president. We have many reasons during this election to implore the Electoral College to act in accordance with the very reason for its existence, and for Faithless Electors to act with their conscience and cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.

 

  1. We experienced unprecedented interference from a foreign government, as Russia and Wikileaks perpetrated extensive crimes, hacking into private U.S. emails.
  2. James Comey broke the Hatch Act and created a false scandal that directly influenced the trajectory of this election.
  3. In places like North Carolina, we experienced voter suppression not seen since the Jim Crow era.
  4. Donald Trump incited violence at his rallies and openly encouraged voter intimidation that certainly could have kept people away from the polls.
  5. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.

 

If ever there were a moment to employ the Electoral College to prevent a disastrous presidency, it is this moment. I implore you to organize around this objective.

 

Thank you for your time, your service, and your focused attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joseph Tomarchio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Vote in the Electoral College

 
 
 
 
From: Melissa van Wijk 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 6:57:04 PM CST

 

 

To: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com

Subject: Re: Your Vote in the Electoral College

 

 

Dear L. Scott Mann,

 
Thank you for writing back to me, especially so promptly. I truly appreciate that. Thank you also for considering my concerns and fears. I remain fearful, especially for many others and I do sincerely hope the Electoral College will keep the presidency out of the hands of someone who is not qualified and does not value all people equally. 
 
I agree with you that riots are not OK, and that peaceful protests, communication, and dialogue are always the way forward. 
 
Thank you again.
 
All the best,
Melissa
 
 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:58 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com wrote:

 

 

 

 

Melissa,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
On Nov 13, 2016, at 6:26 PM, Melissa van Wijk wrote:
 
Dear Scott Mann,
 
On December 19th, 2016, you will meet with your fellow Electors to cast your vote for President and Vice President of the United States. I am sure that given what occurred in this election and the volatile state of our country this responsibility weighs heavily on you, as it should.

 

 

 

The current unprecedented situation where a candidate won the Popular Vote (which, let’s face it, should just be ‘the vote’) while another candidate utterly unqualified and unprepared for the responsibilities of the Presidency is set up to become our president, cannot stand.

 

I respectfully ask you in the strongest terms possible to please remove Donald Trump from your ballot and replace him with another Constitutionally qualified candidate of your choosing. There is a path to putting a Republican in the White House who is not Donald Trump or for asking the qualified and prepared candidate who won the Popular Vote to take on the duties of the Presidency.

 

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College, in part, to safeguard our Republic from those unfit to lead or those whose platform is not keeping with our constitution, freedoms, rights, and equality. Donald Trump is unfortunately precisely that.

 

I have voted in elections where my candidate of choice did not win. I am sure we all have. I have never written any representatives before to utilize a constitutional process to ensure our safety and human rights by electing the other candidate or a third candidate. I really do believe that the bigotry, homophobia, sexism, demagoguery, xenophobia, and the lack of any kind of government or military experience disqualifies Mr. Trump from the presidency.

 

I started and run a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusion in dance and dance education for students with disabilities. I just came from a rehearsal. I have never witnessed an election before where Latinos, African Americans, Gay and Lesbian people, Asian Americans, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities – all of whom are in our company – felt such fear of what lies ahead and what freedoms and rights they may lose to a president who does not see them as equal or as valuable.

 

I genuinely hope I can count on you to do what is right for our country, for the preservation of our constitution, for minorities, for women, for the LGBT community, for freedom of religion, and for the very safety of the American people. Please, do not hand Mr. Trump the nuclear codes.

 

Sincerely,

Melissa van Wijk

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Donald Trump and the Electoral College
 
 
 
 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 12:45:18 PM CST
To: Joseph Tomarchio 
Subject: Re: Donald Trump and the Electoral College

 

 

 

Joe,
 
Move to Canada, Mexico or Russia for all I care. 
 
97% of those who email me receive a cordial and grateful response. 
 
People who do not believe in the rule of law, who "cannot accept" Donald Trump or any other duly elected President, should leave.
 
I endured 8 years of Barak Obama; he is the most lawless President in our history and has done this nation great damage. That notwithstanding, every day for the last 8 years I prayed for his well-being and I called him my President because he is.
 
I will vote my conscience December 19th. Of that you can be certain.
 
If you can't handle that elections have consequences then we don't need you.
 
Peace and goodwill,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Joseph Tomarchio wrote:
 

I will not accept Donald Trump as our president. We have many reasons during this election to implore the Electoral College to act in accordance with the very reason for its existence, and for Faithless Electors to act with their conscience and cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.

 

  1. We experienced unprecedented interference from a foreign government, as Russia and Wikileaks perpetrated extensive crimes, hacking into private U.S. emails.
  2. James Comey broke the Hatch Act and created a false scandal that directly influenced the trajectory of this election.
  3. In places like North Carolina, we experienced voter suppression not seen since the Jim Crow era.
  4. Donald Trump incited violence at his rallies and openly encouraged voter intimidation that certainly could have kept people away from the polls.
  5. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.

 

If ever there were a moment to employ the Electoral College to prevent a disastrous presidency, it is this moment. I implore you to organize around this objective.

 

Thank you for your time, your service, and your focused attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joseph Tomarchio

 

 

 

 
 
Your Vote in the Electoral College
 
 
 
 
From: Melissa van Wijk 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 6:57:04 PM CST

 

 

To: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com

Subject: Re: Your Vote in the Electoral College

 

Dear L. Scott Mann,

 

 

 

 

 
Thank you for writing back to me, especially so promptly. I truly appreciate that. Thank you also for considering my concerns and fears. I remain fearful, especially for many others and I do sincerely hope the Electoral College will keep the presidency out of the hands of someone who is not qualified and does not value all people equally. 
 
I agree with you that riots are not OK, and that peaceful protests, communication, and dialogue are always the way forward. 
 
Thank you again.
 
All the best,
Melissa
 
 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:58 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com wrote:

 

 

 

 

Melissa,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
On Nov 13, 2016, at 6:26 PM, Melissa van Wijk <> wrote:
 
Dear Scott Mann,
 
On December 19th, 2016, you will meet with your fellow Electors to cast your vote for President and Vice President of the United States. I am sure that given what occurred in this election and the volatile state of our country this responsibility weighs heavily on you, as it should.

 

 

 

The current unprecedented situation where a candidate won the Popular Vote (which, let’s face it, should just be ‘the vote’) while another candidate utterly unqualified and unprepared for the responsibilities of the Presidency is set up to become our president, cannot stand.

 

I respectfully ask you in the strongest terms possible to please remove Donald Trump from your ballot and replace him with another Constitutionally qualified candidate of your choosing. There is a path to putting a Republican in the White House who is not Donald Trump or for asking the qualified and prepared candidate who won the Popular Vote to take on the duties of the Presidency.

 

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College, in part, to safeguard our Republic from those unfit to lead or those whose platform is not keeping with our constitution, freedoms, rights, and equality. Donald Trump is unfortunately precisely that.

 

I have voted in elections where my candidate of choice did not win. I am sure we all have. I have never written any representatives before to utilize a constitutional process to ensure our safety and human rights by electing the other candidate or a third candidate. I really do believe that the bigotry, homophobia, sexism, demagoguery, xenophobia, and the lack of any kind of government or military experience disqualifies Mr. Trump from the presidency.

 

I started and run a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusion in dance and dance education for students with disabilities. I just came from a rehearsal. I have never witnessed an election before where Latinos, African Americans, Gay and Lesbian people, Asian Americans, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities – all of whom are in our company – felt such fear of what lies ahead and what freedoms and rights they may lose to a president who does not see them as equal or as valuable.

 

I genuinely hope I can count on you to do what is right for our country, for the preservation of our constitution, for minorities, for women, for the LGBT community, for freedom of religion, and for the very safety of the American people. Please, do not hand Mr. Trump the nuclear codes.

 

Sincerely,

Melissa van Wijk

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Read Elector

 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 11:03:00 PM CST
To: Elisheva Moch 
Subject: Re: Please Read Elector

 

 

 

Eli,
 
What about Ted Cruz?
 
Best regards,
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 10:34 PM, Elisheva Moch wrote:
 

Dear U.S. Elector:

 

We are in an unprecedented moment in our history where the stakes are too high for Donald Trump to be our next president. You have the power to change this outcome. You are constitutionally a free agent that is able to vote for any candidate who meets the requirements. Electors are not constitutionally required to follow the popular vote in their state. 

 

This letter is not a plea to vote for Hillary Clinton it is simply a plea to vote for anyone else that you deem fit for presidency. Trump has demonstrated his discriminate beliefs and is a threat to Human Rights all across America. One of the reasons the Electoral College was developed was just in case the public selects a President unfit to execute the duties of the office. Your vote is so important in changing the outcome of this election: it is a safeguard and a patriotic act. The public will support you in your vote. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this email,

 

Sincerely,

Eli Moch

 

 

 

 

 
 
He's unfit. Please vote with the majority of voters…
 
 
 
 
Date: November 14, 2016 at 11:16:06 PM CST
To: Becky Schoen
Subject:Re: He's unfit. Please vote with the majority of voters…
 
Becky,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
Where did you learn math? Do you have any idea how to figure percentage? That's a sarcastic question, I know you don't.
 
Quick education: Take the difference between Trump and Clinton, most generous estimate right now being about 700,000. Then divide that number by the total votes cast. That will give you something just over 1/2 of 1%. 
 
Now, see how wrong you were about math? Imagine how wrong you are about politics and the electoral process. It's not a "I'm mad and want a redo" proposition. 
 
Grow up. You lost. Live with it or leave. That's what I did eight years ago. 
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 11:05 PM, Becky Schoen <> wrote:
 

Dear esteemed Electoral College electorate,

 

I am writing you to plead to your human conscience. As you're well aware, the Electoral College was designed specifically to balance the will of the voters and act as a kind of safety valve to ensure that democracy runs smoothly. While in every past election, the Electoral College has voted to confirm the president elect, as you know, that is not an inevitable. In fact, it is a requirement of the voters in the electoral college to vote for the candidate they believe would best serve as President of the United States and to not vote for anyone who is fundamentally unfit to succeed in this most important leadership role.

 

While Hillary Clinton has well won the popular vote by over 1.7 percentage points at the current count, the Presidency is set to be handed over to the most unfit candidate ever to run for the highest position in the land. Trump did not win the popular vote. He has no experience, no knowledge of what a President needs to do in order to run this country successfully. This current election hearkens back to the tragedy of 2000 where the majority of American's votes were ignored and once again, the winner of the most votes (Mr. Gore) was not elected. This has lead to unparalleled apathy in voter turn out at the polls as well as allowed the rampant gerrymandering of voter districts and disenfranchisement of minority voters. Coupled with the state specific restrictions to help limit the so called voter fraud that has been debunked many times over and you get what we are seeing today- half the country unrepresented in their President.

 

The current president elect has shown himself to be unpredictable, impulsive, and has incited the use of violence to suppress the rights of those who disagree with him and his "friends". He has proposed many anti-American policies, he has insulted large groups of people from every ethnicity and has demeaned women (and is facing legal charges for multiple cases of sexual assault). He may well be guilty of sexually assaulting an under age girl, as well as admitting on tape to having done so. He brings uncountable conflicts of interest to the job.

 

The Republicans condemn all the inaction in Congress… Electing Mr. Trump will clog up Congress with fighting, conflicts of interest, civil unrest, and much more. We cannot move forward and make any progress as a country if he's our President.

 

The children are watching. The world is watching.

 

As I write this, there are millions of people not only in our country but around the world who are terrified. I AM TERRIFIED. They do not know if the deportation police will knock on their door in the middle of the night under a President Trump. They do not know if nuclear bombs will be used as a weaponized tweets when this president elect is feeling unhappy. They do not know if their right to marry the person they choose, regardless of gender, will be taken away. They do not know if they will have healthcare and what they will do when they become sick. They feel terrified, and their sense of fear is based in facts. We do not know what this man is capable of, and only can rely on his past actions to reveal who he truly is. And those actions all point to him being unpredictable, dangerous, and capable of mobilizing millions of people into violence, terrorist acts and terrorist thinking.

 

Over 300 acts of violence have already occurred in the U.S. since election day. Hundreds of thousands of US citizens have and are currently protesting his election. These are your fellow citizens. These are the majority who want progress, not hatred, and division and violence.

 

When you go to register your vote in the Electoral College on December 19th, my hope is that you will seriously consider the awesome power you wield. You have the power to change the fate of not only this nation, but of the world. You have the power to stop the march toward hatred, war, and violence. You have the power to save many, many lives and free the entire world from potential tyranny. You and your colleagues have been trusted with this immense decision. I beg you to not waste it on the wrong man for this country but choose the right woman for the job.

 

I deeply and humbly ask for you to consider this possibility, and consider the millions of people in this country and around the world who are begging for you to take your responsibility as a delegate of the Electoral College seriously. I am pleading. I am begging. There are people of color in my family, or among my friends. There are women and girls in my life that I love…  friends with disabilities have already been needlessly harassed and made fun of by not only his followers, but Trump himself. We are all needing compassion in respect to our friends and families. We need to show the world that what you do and say matters… that we understand this, preach it and LIVE by this expectation.

 

Please vote to show that you believe in what you vote for is what is RIGHT …. Show the world that Americans are thoughtful and loving people.  We are NOT Trump's world…. we are not Trump's hatred, and divisiveness… his misogyny, his ignorance, his offensive, abusive and violence inciting rhetoric.

 

We are NOT Trump. Not now, not ever. Please join the majority. Please vote with us and vote for HER.

 

Hindsight is NOW, not 4 years from now when you could have acted now to make the right choice.

 

THANK YOU for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
My son, my family, my story
 
 
 
 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 11:11:59 AM CST
To: Terri Spell 
Subject: Re: My son, my family, my story

 

 

 

Terri,
 
Thank you very much for emailing me. I intend to do just what you ask.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 10:38 AM, Terri Spell  wrote:
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Dear Distinguished Elector,
 
I am calling upon you to please cast your vote for Donald Trump as the majority of citizens of your great state have chosen him to be their next president.  President Elect Trump is obviously different from any other candidate who has run for president and there is a reason for that.  Myself and others like me are tired of being unfairly taxed because we are not in the lowest class.  Many individuals have difficulty making ends meet due to the increasing cost of health insurance.  While individuals with a lower income, relax in knowing that they have health insurance and don't have to work hard for it.  
 
On a personal note, my youngest son, Beck, was born with a congenital brain malformation called Holoprosencephaly (HPE).  This means that his brain (at about 8 weeks in utero), didn't form correctly.  Portions are fused together or missing entirely.  There are a few different types of HPE and luckily my son has one of the least severe forms.  He is developmentally delayed in all areas.  We were told that he had enlarged ventricles in his brain when I was about 32 weeks pregnant.  I was given the option of having 
an amniocentesis.  I didn't have one because it would not have mattered.  I think the life of an unborn child outweighs a woman's right to choose what she wants to do with her body. We are involved with an organization called, "Families for Hope".  This organization educates parents about HPE and gives them support.  Families for Hope had a conference in Texas this past summer and 80+ families affected by HPE attended.  It was incredible to see all of those special gifts from God and to hear their stories.  Many, many mothers were pushed to abort the baby during their pregnancies.  A diagnosis of HPE is often accompanied by the phrase, "incompatible with life".  The statistics are grim.  The instance of HPE in pregnancies is about 1 in 250 but only 1 in 10,000 babies make it past their first 6 months of life.  Many die at birth or shortly after.   But the babies that do survive are so special.  There is something about those HoPE babies as we like to call them. They contribute to our society in ways that are difficult to explain.  They teach everyone who comes in contact with them about love, acceptance, tolerance and the beauty in every day things.  We celebrate ever, "inchstone" instead of "milestone".  My son is 4 1/2 now and he is just starting to talk using 2-3 word sentences.  He learned sign language at an early age before we knew if he would ever be able to talk.  He can walk independently (started at around 2 1/2) and still has balance issues.  He might always have balance issues.  He receives therapy through his school preschool program.  We've had him in therapy since 4 months of age.   All of the moms that attend the conference were given a grim diagnosis but chose to give their babies a chance.  Who every said every person has to be able to walk and talk to make an impact in the world?  Those babies and kids are so happy regardless of their disability.  They have loving families who sacrifice so much for them.  Only God knows our future.  Doctors do not know enough to say whether a baby will live, die, suffer, etc.  Before having kids, I used to think doctors were experts in all things medical.  Now I know that they too make mistakes.  I do my own research now and look to doctors to confirm what I already know.  I advocate for my kids.
 
I personally believe that abortion is wrong.  I think it should be illegal.  But, at the very least, our tax dollars should not be used to fund planned parenthood.  If individuals want an abortion or birth control, they should pay for it themselves.  It makes me sick to hear on social media that individuals are making donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's name so that he'll get a "thank you certificate" in the mail simply as a dig on him.  
 
In addition, when I was 7 months pregnant with my second son, I was home alone with my one year old.  Someone tried to break into my house.  The dogs barked incessantly and scared him off but it was very scary.  In the days following, a man was spotted, peeping though neighbor's windows and trying to get into their houses.  I called the police when I heard the man trying to get in and it took a good 10 minutes for them to arrive.  After that, my husband bought a gun.  He has a concealed carry permit and he took me to the range and taught me how to use it.  We also purchased a taser.  This was totally legal in North Carolina where we lived at the time.  We want to be able to protect ourselves if need be.  My husband was in the Navy then Air Force for a total of 16 years.  He went overseas many times and was away from his family for 1 year while he served in the middle east. He has dedicated so much of his life to our great country.  We find great comfort in President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Elect Mike Pence leading our country.  It has been a long time coming and we are excited about the changes they intend to make.  Please keep in mind that many citizens are exactly like my husband and I.  It is easy to loose sight of this among all of the protests and negative media attention.  We know Mr. Trump is not perfect.  He's raw and honest and says a lot of things that offend many people.  The country isn't used to this candor, I presume.  But, he didn't have to run for president.  He is so blessed in his life and we believe he ran and risked everything to make our country better.  I am proud of him and the citizens of this great country for electing him as our 45th president.
 
I hope you'll consider this when voting on December 19th.  
 
Thank you so much for your time in reading this email.  
 
Terri
 
PS  here are a few pictures
Some HPE kiddos at the hotel for the HPE conference this summer
The families in their HoPE t-shirts at the conference center
My kids and husband with Josh Timmerman (race car driver from Indy and Families for Hope, Inc President)
 
 
 

Families for HoPE, Inc.

Sharing the HoPE in Holoprosencephaly.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Please Side with the Popular Vote
 
 
 
 
From: Hannah Whiteside 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 11:25:20 AM CST

 

 

To: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com

Subject: Re: Please Side with the Popular Vote

 

I am a born and raised Marylander living in California.  Your assumptions that Texas owns the right to patriotism is precisely the problem.

 
Hannah,
 
California was built on gold. Texas was built by the blood of patriots who died defending freedom. Consequently I will not entertain missives from a socialist nanny state who presume to define patriotism or courage for me. It is insulting.
 
My advice to you is to buck up and realize that elections have consequences. 
 
Change is coming.
 
Peace and goodwill,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
CD19 Texas Elector
 
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 11:14 AM, Hannah Whiteside wrote:
 

Dear Elector,

My name is Hannah Whiteside, from San Mateo, CA and I'd like to urge you to vote in favor of the popular vote on December 19th.

I believe Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency and should not be allowed to take office after losing the popular vote by such a significant margin.

Your state's laws allows you to vote independently in favor of the popular vote of all U.S. citizens. I believe this would be a courageous act of patriotism and you would be hero in the eyes of myself and many other Americans. Even Donald Trump maintained his stance during 60 minutes this week that he would favor an election which honored the will of the people…the will of the popular vote.

Sincerely,

Hannah Whiteside

Part of the popular majority losing faith in democracy

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you…

 
 
 
 
 
From: DANYELLE DEMCHOCK 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 11:40:35 AM CST

 

 

To: sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com

Subject: Re: Thank you…

 

 

Thank you for your response and conscience. 

with love,
Danyelle
 
 
 
 

 

 

Danyelle Demchock, BA, NASM, CHEK Practitioner, HCL 2, FDN, CMTA

Certified Holistic Nutrition And Lifestyle Coach

www.getgorgeoushealth.com

 

 

 

 

On Nov 12, 2016, at 7:22 PM, sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com wrote:
Danyelle,
 
Thank you for your participation in the process and for your passion for the Republic. 
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless that great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
On Nov 12, 2016, at 4:42 PM, DANYELLE DEMCHOCK wrote:
 

 

November 12, 2016

 

To Whom It May Concern, 

 

Thank you so much for all that you do, and the service to our country. I am writing you to implore you to vote your conscience on December 19th 2016, when you meet as the Elector College. Elector PLEASE do the right thing and vote for Hillary Clinton since she won the popular vote by a landslide. She is the person that the majority wanted. Donald Trump is unfit to be President and will not represent this country as he is a racist, sexist, misogynist, and homophobic. He is temperamentally unfit to lead America. 

Sincerely yours,

Danyelle Demchock

 
 
with love,
Danyelle
 

 

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Danyelle Demchock, BA, NASM, CHEK Practitioner, HCL 2, FDN, CMTA

Certified Holistic Nutrition And Lifestyle Coach

www.getgorgeoushealth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concerns from a citizen

 
 
 
 
 
From: Matthew Roberts
Date: November 15, 2016 at 12:55:51 AM CST

 

 

To: "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com>

Subject: Re: Concerns from a citizen

 

Thank you for your response, I'm impressed at the turnaround time. You are correct – you have far deeper historical perspective than I, and I'm glad you could take the time and care to elaborate.
 
I have not engaged in any sort of social media regarding this, nor will I. I was hoping for a private and personal dialogue or a discreet expression of my views. It is not my intent to undermine or second guess you or the process. I'm new at the political process and I simply had concerns. 
 
Again, thank you for your time.
Matthew
 
 
 
 

 

 

On Nov 14, 2016, at 23:37, "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

Matthew,
 
What temperature is the right temperature to set the earth's thermostat at? Who decides? By what percentage will you reduce CO2 gases in the atmosphere and how will you compensate for the corresponding drop in agriculture production? How will feed the hungry people that will produce?
 
Just curious.
 
I will vote my conscience, you need not fear.
 
As to your state of the nation description, only hysterical fools describe this as a crisis comparable to the Civil War. 
 
I lived through 1968: Martin Luther King was murdered; every major city was burning and not the wimpy kind of tantrums these children are throwing today; two months after King's death Democrat anti-war candidate Bobby Kennedy was assassinated; and George Wallace received 45 electoral votes as a Southern segregationist allowing the nation to elect Richard Nixon. Now that was a bad year.
 
All of that was after five years of LBJ, who was conceivably the most corrupt, racist and misogynistic President to ever live. This is a man who would force secretaries to stand in the bathroom and take dictation while he was having a bowel movement. 
 
And you're afraid of Donald Trump? Really? Your lack of historical perspective is appalling. 
 
If you're no better at cyber security than you are politics and American history then…wait, now I've got it, you were in charge of Hillary's email server weren't you? I wondered where that dude went. Now everything you said makes sense.
 
Grow up. Get over it. Elections have consequences and you lost.
 
Peace and goodwill,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
Texas CD-19 Elector
 
 
Postscript: I intend to publish all emails. 
 
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 12:05 AM, Matthew Roberts wrote:
 
Hello,

 

 

 

 

 
My name is Matthew Roberts, and I'm a Research & Development Engineer in Cybersecurity from Denver, Colorado. My graduate education is from The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and I have a fair amount of experience in defense and intelligence.
 
You are, undoubtedly, inundated with mail after the results of this election as never before. I understand your time is valuable, so I am grateful to you for taking the time to read this. 
 
My concern is that, with the election of Donald Trump, America is embarking on a path that is more threatening to our republic than at any time since the American Civil War. That is not to say that I believe any sort of civil war is imminent, but that Mr. Trump is so thoroughly ill-equipped to guide us that through his rhetoric, policy, and leadership, we may fall into a decline from which we cannot recover. We have long been the dominant leader in the world by a multitude of metrics, but I fear he seeks to take us backward, rather than forward.
 
A weakened American leaves our allies vulnerable to the wolves of foreign powers that will eagerly pick defenseless sheep from the perimeters. And while these foes grow stronger, we would sit and atrophy in isolation. Our strength comes from within, as well as from our political and economic friends throughout the world. Additionally, our own Department of Defense has labeled climate change as one of the biggest, gravest threats to national security we face in our lifetimes. I feel it is critical to the futures of our children and grandchildren that we are preparing accordingly.
 
But my realm and specialty is cybersecurity, and I will not presume to know yours better than you. If you feel the best thing for our country's future and stability is to vote in accordance with your electorate, then so be it. I trust your judgement. 
 
I cannot imagine the amount of stress that you are under right now. I hope that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Please know that whatever you elect to do, I support your decision and appreciate your involvement in our democracy. 
 
Respectfully,
Matthew Roberts
 
Matthew Roberts // Software Engineer // www.MatthewRoberts.org //
 

 

 

 

 

Please Vote Your Conscience

 
 
 
 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 1:02:31 PM CST
To: Frederika Tausch
Subject: Re: Please Vote Your Conscience

 

 

 

Frederika,
 
You are correct, this is not Venezuela. We do not elect our chief executive by plurality vote. Nor do we elect her by majority vote. We elect a President by a process that respects and reflects the fact that we are a democratic republic. That, my dear citizen, is neither outdated nor irresponsible.
 
May God bless America and may God bless Texas and it's 38 electors.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 12:30 PM, Frederika Tausch <> wrote:
 
There is still time to right a wrong on December 19th, to formally declare that the majority of voters of this country said their desire was not Trump. But because of the outdated process that rubber stamps an outcome, the majority has been overruled, to this point. You have the right to correct this. You can change the rubber stamp. This is not Russia. This is not Libya. Nor is it Venezuela. We are a country of voters that think for themselves, without having to tow the party line, be it Republican or Democrat or any other party. 

 

 

 

 

 
This is primarily addressed to the responsible people of Texas but will be forwarded to  others in their respective states in hopes, collectively, the majority of voters of this country will be respected.

 

 

 

Kindly,

Frederika Tausch

Austin, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A plea

 
 
 
 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 12:51:35 PM CST
To: Celeste Kamiya 
Subject: Re: A plea

 

 

 

Celeste,
 
Have you ever considered all of the lives destroyed by the Clintons? 
 
There's no savior, priest or minister in this race. The choice comes down to politics. My passion is for conservative justices. That is what determines my vote.
 
Respectfully,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 12:47 PM, Celeste Kamiya wrote:
 
Mr. Mann,
 
I deeply appreciate your response. Thank you for taking the time, and for doing all I can ask, which is that you do what you feel is right.
 
However, I would ask that you consider your decision to value correspondence over protesting and rioting. People's livelihood, dignity, and safety have been threatened by Donald Trump, and often times rioting is the most effective solution to preserve freedom – consider the Boston Tea Party. Nobody told those men that destruction of property invalidated their cause. I have nothing but respect for those that are choosing to take to the streets.

 

 

 

Thank you again,

Celeste Kamiya

 

 

 

On 14 Nov 2016, at 22:06, "sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com" <sandstormscholar@sandstormscholar.com> wrote:

 

Celeste,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
On Nov 14, 2016, at 4:01 PM, Celeste Kamiya wrote:
 

Dear Mr. Mann,

 

   My name is Celeste Kamiya. I am a 20-year-old college student from San Francisco, California, and I am writing to you today with an unorthodox but urgent request. I am asking you to refuse to vote for Donald Trump, and either vote for Hillary Clinton, vote for another Republican candidate, or abstain from voting at all on the 19th of December when it comes time to discharge your duty as a member of the Electoral College. I do not make this request lightly, as I understand the repercussions of what I am asking you to do. However, I firmly believe that you have the responsibility to do the right thing for your nation.

 

   This is not a partisan request. Respected, intelligent, thoughtful Americans of all political persuasions acknowledge Donald Trump's unprecedented lack of qualification for the Presidency, his unethical business dealings, his fickle changes of opinion and policy, his disgraceful attitude and behavior towards women (which I as a woman feel deeply), his poisonous scapegoating of millions of people, especially the people most in need of support. These qualities are not in dispute. And that is why I want to appeal to your sense of democracy, to your intelligence, to your loyalty to this nation – to all members of this nation – to reject this man and everything he stands for.

 

 

Your job as an Elector gives you an awesome power. You alone can prevent our democracy from degenerating into a theatre of mob impulse. You stand between a man with no political qualifications whose entire campaign has been about division and hate, and the most powerful and important job in the world.

 

 

Casting a “faithless vote” is not something to be done lightly. I understand that. I admire your loyalty to your constituents and the pledge you made them. I respect those disenfranchised, frustrated, silenced Americans who most respond to Donald Trump’s message. Their voices need to be heard, and will be heard — this election has ensured that. But please remember that the majority of this country’s voters chose Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump. I am imploring you to listen to us, and to search your conscience to do the right thing. I beg you not to betray the will of the majority of Americans.

 

 

On the 19th, I urge you to vote for a nation of which we can be proud, that will embody the tolerance, wisdom, and optimism that are our highest national virtues. America is already great — and you, not a shameless impostor, can help make it even greater. Cast your vote for the candidate the people have chosen, or for a different candidate of your choosing, or for no one at all. Cast a “faithless” vote that shows your faith in the American people. Please, please join me and the majority of this nation in rejecting the politics of hate and embracing our better nature. We are depending on you.

 

 

Sincerely, and with deep gratitude for your time,

Celeste Kamiya

 

 

 

 

 

Please follow the will of the people

 
 
 
 
Date: November 15, 2016 at 1:10:38 PM CST
To: Megan Mwangi
Subject: Re: Please follow the will of the people

 

 

 

Megan,
 
I am the uncle of a biracial American. President Trump cannot ruin your children's future unless you teach them he has. Were that to happen, the problem will be you, not the President. 
 
I'm sorry for your issues with Christianity. 
 
I will vote my conscience. 
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." – Psalm 118.9
 
 
 
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 1:02 PM, Megan Mwangi wrote:
 

Dear Elector,

 

My name is Megan Mwangi, from Sigourney, Iowa and I'd like to urge you to vote your conscience on December 19th.

 

Donald Trump has excited racism, fascism and ignorance in our democracy. The amount of hate crimes that have been conducted because of the selection is scary. I am a mother of three biracial children who growing up under President Trump could ruin their futures.

I asked that you please remember who won the popular vote and who was going to be safe for our country. We have all worked so hard for equal rights for all Americans not just the Americans that the right wing Christianity part of the party deems acceptable.

 

Thank you for your time,

 

Megan Mwangi

 

Sent from my iPhone

 

 

 

 

 

Your Right as an Elector

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Date: November 15, 2016 at 3:28:25 PM CST
To: Michelle Wright
Subject: Re: Your Right as an Elector

 

 

 

Michelle,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
You are well-informed about the process. This has been a victory for America if it has forced citizens to educate themselves as to the manner in which a republic elects its chief executive.
 
You wrote: "On 22 occasions, 179 electors have not cast their votes for President or Vice President as prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented." Perhaps, but never in Texas and not on my watch if I can possibly persuade electors to remain faithful.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 

 

 

On Nov 15, 2016, at 1:47 PM, Michelle Wright <m.m.wright@me.com> wrote:

 

 

Dear elector,

 

In 1788, in the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton warned of the risks of inaugurating a president with "[t]alents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity," and he argued for the proposed electoral college system in these terms: "The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications." Such a man stands on the verge of being inaugurated, but the process established by our Founders has not been completed.

 

On 22 occasions, 179 electors have not cast their votes for President or Vice President as prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented.

 

I urge you, for the good of our great nation, please abstain from voting for Donald Trump.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michelle Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: Your Right as an Elector

 
 
 
Michelle,
 
Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I respect anyone who choose to write instead of to riot.
 
You are well-informed about the process. This has been a victory for America if it has forced citizens to educate themselves as to the manner in which a republic elects its chief executive.
 
You wrote: "On 22 occasions, 179 electors have not cast their votes for President or Vice President as prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented." Perhaps, but never in Texas and not on my watch if I can possibly persuade electors to remain faithful.
 
I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear.
 
May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.
 
Best regards,
 
 
L. Scott Mann
 
 
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
 
On Nov 15, 2016, at 1:47 PM, Michelle Wright wrote:
 

Dear elector,

 

In 1788, in the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton warned of the risks of inaugurating a president with "[t]alents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity," and he argued for the proposed electoral college system in these terms: "The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications." Such a man stands on the verge of being inaugurated, but the process established by our Founders has not been completed.

 

On 22 occasions, 179 electors have not cast their votes for President or Vice President as prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented.

 

I urge you, for the good of our great nation, please abstain from voting for Donald Trump.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michelle Wright