[ExI] Is the USA doing too much to prevent COVID-19?

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun May 3 12:10:42 UTC 2020

On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 11:43 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

 >> That's not entirely fair, the American people never supported Donald
>> Trump, not before the election during it or after it.

*> Agreed, he was a few million votes short of a majority. *

Not only did Trump fail to get a majority of the votes he didn't even get a
plurality of the votes.

*> The same thing happened with the Busin/Gore election.*

And so in addition to Trump we can also thank the electoral college for the
Iraq War. How do all those other poor benighted democratic countries in the
world manage to get along without something like our wonderful electoral

> >> The American people made it clear they wanted Hillary Clinton to be
>> the next president, but under our system the wishes of the American
>> people don't matter. Only the 538 members of the Electoral College are
>> allowed to vote in the only presidential election that matters, and 304
>> of them decided that what this country really needed was a president who
>> was an imbecile; and so like it or not that's exactly what the American
>> people ended up with in addition to unconventional suggestions on where
>> to place Clorox to cure viral disease.
> * > Again, you hit the nail on the head.  The question though is why
> enough people voted for him in the "red" states for him to get a majority
> in the Electoral College?  What is special about those states?*

I can see a few patterns, with the exception of Virginia all the former
Confederate slave states went for Trump, and the more rural a state is and
the smaller its population the more likely the few people in it would vote
for Trump, and the voters in those states are far more important than the
voters in larger states. But other than that I can't think of any stone age
traits that could be extrapolated to explain why one state was blue and
another was red.

John K Clark
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