I can think of no better reason for rallying your family, friends, colleagues, people off the street, and mail voters to provide an overwhelming, indisputable win for President Donald Trump than the thought of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becoming the interim President of the United States. Not that it will ever happen.
According to the radical far-left Harvard professor Laurence Tribe, it is theoretically possible for the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to assume the Presidency on January 20, 2021, at 12:01 p.m. if there is no clear and certified winner in the presidential election.
While there is no historical or legal precedent for this action, Professor Tribe points to Section 1 of the 20th Amendment of the Constitution…
Section 1 – Amendment XX
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
and the natural order of succession should the President and Vice President be unable to serve…
Article II, Section 1, Clause 6
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 makes the vice president first in the line of succession and allows the Congress to provide by law for cases in which neither the President nor vice president can serve.
The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 restored the Speaker of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate to the line of succession—but in reverse-order from their 1792 positions—and placed them ahead of the members of the Cabinet, who were positioned once more in the order of the establishment of their department.
to explain how potentially Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi could become the interim President of the United States with all rights and powers of the Office of the President.
A horrifying thought since most of President Trump’s gains have been through Executive Orders, which can be reversed the first day of office by a new president, interim, or duly elected. Of course, Tribe is a radical and has an abysmal record on his constitutional pronouncements regarding impeachment. All this presupposes that the House will remain a democrat majority and Pelosi will remain as its Speaker.
However, it is not impossible to see a president elected by Congress if one considers the historical precedent of 1876, which was the closest and most contentious election in our history, and the procedure followed by the 1824 Congress…
The House decided which electors were legal and how electoral votes in disputed states were apportioned.
1876 United States presidential election
The results of the election remain among the most disputed ever. Although it is not disputed that Tilden outpolled Hayes in the popular vote, after a first count of votes, Tilden had won 184 electoral votes to Hayes’ 165, with 20 votes from four states unresolved: in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon, one elector was replaced after being declared illegal for being an “elected or appointed official.” The question of who should have been awarded these electoral votes is the Source of the continued controversy.
An informal deal was struck to resolve the dispute: the Compromise of 1877, which awarded all 20 electoral votes to Hayes; in return for the Democrats’ acquiescence to Hayes’ election, the Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction. The Compromise in effect ceded power in the Southern states to the Democratic Redeemers, who proceeded to disenfranchise black voters thereafter.
The 1876 election is the second of five presidential elections in which the person who won the most popular votes did not win the election, but the only such election in which the popular vote winner received a majority (rather than a plurality) of the popular vote. To date, it remains the election that recorded the smallest electoral vote victory (185–184), and the election that yielded the highest voter turnout of the eligible voting age population in American history, at 81.8%. < Source>
In addition, and in spite of Tribe's assertions regarding Nancy Pelosi, consider the scenario where the Democrats retain a majority in the House and obtain a majority in the Senate, but the Presidency is still in question...
Go back to the election of 1824 where the House of Representatives selects the President and you will see that it is not a vote of the entire House and that each state delegation gets ONE vote for the President of the United States. The size of the state nor the number of representatives matter -- ONE VOTE PER DELEGATION!
If there are legitimate objections are made, the presidential decision is thrown to the House of Representatives.
If the vote were taken today, the House has 22 Democrat delegation, the GOP has 26 delegations, and two delegations (MI and PA) are split between Democrats and Republicans.
If any of the states try to bollix up the works and refuse to send in the required electoral notices under the law, their vote is forfeit and the process continues without them. The controlling federal law can be found in 3 U.S. Code § 15 -- Counting electoral votes in Congress.
This is a complex procedure likely to be litigated to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Chief Justice John Roberts is every much a liberal as the man who appointed him, the liberal Republican George W. Bush.
To create this vacant presidency scenario, the progressive socialist democrats are pushing for radical changes in voting methodology to allow for increased fraud and significant delays in vote counts.
No voter identification containing pictures.
Automatic registration when obtaining a drivers’ license.
Vote at any polling place.
Early voting days, sometimes a period of up to 45 days (New Jersey).
Extended vote couniting periods.
Strange vote challenge rules.
Universal mail ballots – some without time stamps.
Ballots with party affiliation on the outside of an envelope.
Handling by partisan, non-certified, unionized mail handlers.
Several real and trial tests have indicated that universal voting by mail would be a disaster…
The Chaos in New York Is a Warning
More than a month after New York’s June 23 primary elections, state election officials are still counting votes. In some legislative districts, they haven’t even started counting absentee votes. In the best-case scenario, election officials hope to declare winners by the first Tuesday in August—six weeks after Election Day. It might take a lot longer than that. Election officials in New York City have already invalidated upwards of 100,000 absentee ballots—about one of every five that were mailed in from the five boroughs. And furious candidates are already filing lawsuits charging discrimination and disenfranchisement.
The chaos in New York is a warning about November’s elections: Voting is being transformed by the pandemic. But no state has built new election infrastructure. No state has the time or the money to make sure vote-counting will go smoothly in November. And just about every state is about to be hit with a massive surge of absentee ballots. < Source>
Which puts President Trump’s Tweet in context…
Like everything out of Tribe’s mouth, his scholarship should be taken with a grain of salt. The President is right about the chaos, confusion, fraud, and inaccurate counting.
There is only one solution to stymie the progressive socialist democrats. President Trump must win by an unassailable margin that cannot be challenged by the Democrat’s legion of lawyers or be susceptible to a partisan judge’s thumb on the scale.
Did anyone actually consult the postmaster to determine that prepaid envelopes bypass the cancelation procedure and remain undated?
Mail-in voting update: Due to massive postal failures, New York will count many mailed-in ballots even if they're not postmarked by the deadline, or postmarked at all
Six weeks after the primary, no result
A federal judge ruled Monday that approximately 1,000 absentee ballots that were not postmarked by the deadline — if they were even postmarked at all — must be counted in a New York congressional primary that still hasn't been decided after six weeks, according to The New York Times. <Source>
Unfortunately, even if we manage to temporarily save the nation and halt its decline into third-world socialism, we are only kicking the can down the road by four years. We need to fundamentally reform the GOP, or we are likely to see both parties put up younger versions of corrupt, lying, professional politicians who lack core values.
And not a peep out of the corrupt mainstream media.
We are so screwed.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell