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About the election of 2016

The travesty of the electoral college system subverting the will of the majority of American voters in 2016 (and 2000) is particularly disheartening. Had the situation been reversed (the Democrats winning the electoral college and Republicans taking the popular vote), I would probably feel different, but that has not happened either this century or the last century. The discrepancy in the 2016 election was the largest ever: Clinton received almost three million more votes (65,853,516 to 62,984,825) making it a popular vote lead of 2.1%. United States presidential elections in which the winner lost the popular vote:

It was refreshing in contrast to what's going on in the USA to see that Italy was considering disruptive overhaul of the Constitution. From article in The NY Times, The referendum would change 47 of the Constitution’s 139 articles: Among the most significant changes would be provisions to alter the composition of Parliament, the way laws are passed and the balance of power between the central government and the country’s 20 regions, in areas like infrastructure and food safety.   Too bad the referendum did not succeed.

The photos of Hillary Clinton in this article
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/arts/design/the-hillary-clinton-selfie-as-political-salve-or-weapon.html ...caught my attention---she seems truly happy...happier than I've seen her in a long time.  Like a burden's been lifted. Of course, she's probably as freaked out as the rest of us progressives over where the USA is going. [image-copy]

With the 45th president's attack on Syria and threats to North Korea, the issue of authority to take military action against a sovereign nation without Congress declaring war arose. Congress has declared war 11 times in the history of the USA (as of April 2017):
WWII: 1942 Jun 4 - Rumania, Hungary, and Bulgaria; 1941 Dec11 - Italy, Germany; Dec 8 - Japan
WWI:  1917 - Austria-Hungary, Germany
1898: Kingdom of Spain
1846: Mexico
1812: Great Britain

2001 Sep 8 was the day Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), but that was not a declaration of war on a sovereign state.
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