WaterCooler, Friday! 10/14/2016 - Open Thread - A vote for Trump is a vote for electors, not Trump.

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A vote for President is a vote for electors, not a name.

Free the Delegates has, since shortly after the Republican convention, become Free the Electors without officially changing their Facebook page. FTD, not to be confused with the florist, is relying on attorney and parliamentarian Thomas Balch’s unique perspective of Robert’s Rules of Order as one of four people who regularly revises it.


For a refresher on how to repeal and replace Donald Trump as our Republican nominee, refer to RedState’s Susan Wright who wrote about Rule 9 back in August, as well as, The Hill.

Onward, Mr. Balch released a Facebook video conference Thursday. It reported having been viewed by 30,000 members in which he answered the question, “If Donald J. Trump is the only choice next to R on our ballots, what would happen to votes already cast and how could Trump’s name be removed for November 8th voting?”

Balch explained, based on his interpretation of the voting process, each state is apportioned electors and those electors are free to vote their conscience. In other words, even though votes are cast, and Trump’s name can’t be removed from our state balloting machines, a vote for Trump is a generic vote for a Republican.

The electors will meet December 19, 2016, and each will cast their vote for the candidate who won in their state. Balch and FTD believe that if they can force a majority at a call-to-order meeting of the Republican National Committee before November 8th, the new majority nominated candidate will have the claim on the Republican votes.

It’s a convoluted plan, with a slim chance of extricating the numb skull; even if we weren’t less than 30 days out from the election. It is a plan, though, which is more than can be said for our “hokey pokey” congress members.


Below the Fold

Aviation enthusiasts rally to restore Wright Brother’s Dayton, Ohio factory.

“It is truly the birthplace of America’s aerospace industry.” – National Aviation Heritage Alliance

The Wright brothers’ factory was completed in 1910, and in it, Orville and Wilbur designed and produced over 120 aircraft until, after the premature death of his brother Wilbur in 1912, Orville sold the Wright Company in 1915. The restored factory would be an addendum to the current eight-county historic site managed by NAHA and within the area designated as the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

“I’d like to walk in here and see their airplanes being built in various stages. I’d like to see the tools that were used. The saws, the lathes, that sort of thing. I’d like to see where they had lunch. I’d like to see the whole world. This was a community in here; a community at work.” – David McCullough [Video], author of The Wright Brothers

The factory is closed to the public while NAHA is negotiating with the current owners to buy the property; however, they have agreed to grant a free “sneak peek” October 20, 2016, at 10 am.


Today in History – Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier.  It’s an extraordinary feat for 1947. If aviation is an interest, take the time to watch the entire 50-minute video which details the Bell X-1/1 evolution. To specifically watch Yeager fly faster than the speed of sound, forward video to around 37 minutes. The “pop” is barely audible, but it is there if you turn the volume way up.

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