Chaplain’s message –
The August 17, 2006 luncheon meeting of the ERWFwas held in the Humboldt Room of the Red Lion Inn. Fortyfive members and guests attended. Chair of Americanism,Chris Wennerholm, introduced two women from theEureka Sirens who were invited to address the member-ship about teaming up with them in sending packages tothe troops. Patricia Welch, Regional Field Director,Northern California Victory 2006, introduced our guestspeaker, Mindy Tucker Fletcher, Campaign Manager for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mindy presented aPower Point program comparing the gains the state has
made during the Governor’s tenure with the new taxes
candidate Angelides will impose to carry out his plans if heis elected. Mindy stressed that we need to invigorate thegrass roots efforts of getting more Republicans elected tostate offices. She said the Governor is determined to
―move California forward, not backwards‖. ―Volunteers aremaking the difference,‖ she stated.
The members present voted to endorse the candidacyof Nancy Flemming, running for 4
Supervisor. During Open Mic time, Humboldt Taxpayer’s
League Chair on No on U, (proposed utility tax), HowardRien, gave a short informational speech on why Eurekavoters should consider a no vote.Susan Wood received a gift certificate for dinner for
two at Roy’s in the Opportunity Drawing. Sheryl Fearrienreceived a copy of Sean Hannity’s book ―Let FreedomRing‖ for knowing one of the propositions on the Novem-
ber ballot.Abraham Lincoln was one of our most devout leaders,
frequently seeking God’s direction. His words are worth
―We have been the recipients of the choicest blessings
of heaven; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgottenGod. We have forgotten the gracious hand that preservedus in peace
and strengthened us, and we have vainlyimagined .. that all these blessing are produced by some
superior wisdom and virtue of our own.‖
August 2006 Meeting Recap
JoAnn Kaney, Recording Secretary
Confused about the importance of the Electoral College? Thank you, Carolyn Eisner, for submitting this letter that you received from Michael Medford, Radio Talk Show host.
Dear Carolyn Eisner:Thanks very much for your letter of June 5. I wish wehad transcripts of all my broadcasts, but we don't alas!You should also know that my comments about theElectoral College were very much off-the-cuff in responseto a caller - not a concentrated, planned part of thebroadcast.In any event, the basic point that I made was theimportance of federalism--- we should all struggle tomaintain the sovereignty of our 50 states, not to erase andextinguish state responsibility in quest of some simplifiednotion of America. Our founders designed the ElectoralCollege to help preserve this federal system. ThePresident is not, under our Constitution, elected by "thepeople" - he is chosen by the several states.This is, it seems to me, appropriate and important.Without the Electoral College no candidate would ever visitsmaller states: after all, how many raw, popular votes canyou draw out of North Dakota, or Alaska or Vermont?These states are only worth the trip because of theElectoral College. Without it, the candidates would visitonly a handful of the most populous states - California,
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Texas, New York, Florida - and forget about the rest of thecountry. In fact, the whole attention paid now to ruralconcerns stems from the Electoral College. Vermont, withthree electoral votes (out of 270 needed to win) is worthconsidering: as a raw population of just 600,000 people(out of 280 million) it is definitely not.People who worry about the electoral college distortingthe result of some election should relax: the last time acandidate won the popular vote, but lost in the electoralcollege was 1888 (Grover Cleveland lost to BenjaminHarrison, even though Cleveland got more popular votes).This also happened in 1876, when Hayes beat Tilden. andin 1824, when J.Q. Adams won the Presidency over Andrew Jackson in the House of Representatives, after deadlock in the electoral college, even though Jacksonhad decisively won the popular vote.It is most unlikely that such an anomaly could occur today-and it hasn't occurred in more than 110 years.This is the basic tack I took on my show, so I hope thissatisfies your curiosity.Thanks for being such a devoted listener.