Dec. 9, 2016

Proof that politics is a dirty game…

Tainted By Suspicion by Fred Lucas

My thanks to Fred Lucas for the honor of reviewing this book.

I hate politics. I agreed to this book review because the topic was cases where the outcome of the election was in dispute. The monkeyshines that make up the voting process were set up for the types of games politicians by our founding fathers. The idea of the Electoral College is in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution. I am certain they had good intentions, but in practice it falls short more that people know.

This results in a candidate winning the popular vote and still not making it to the Presidency. One person, one vote only sets up a select group from every state who vow to vote for the person that wins their state in the popular vote. Somehow, our forefathers left a loophole, because they do not have to follow through. In our current mess, (2016) some have already said they will not back the candidate that their state chose.

This book is an examination of the voting process and endeavors to explain the muddled fantasy of American Politics. Discounting our 2016 Presidential race which is destined to go down in history as one where the losing candidate won the Popular Vote by a very wide margin, this has happened several times before.

And really, it all started with the battle for the Third President! That’s how quickly our Ship of State struck an iceberg.  There were bitter battles, high-jinks that would end in Alexander Hamilton been killed in a duel by Vice-President Aaron Burr.

Proving you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson followed the same trail. You would think that he would have learned a lesson from his father, John Adams, experiences. Questions were brought up about Jackson’s wife, which sent Old Hickory into a duel!

Then there was Rutherford Hayes and Samuel Tilden, Grover Clevland’s split terms in office, Nixon and JFK, “W” Bush and Al Gore—and now, Clinton and Trump.

This scholarly book examines these cases in detail, and that can get very dry to read. This isn’t a work with a plot, beginning, middle, and end. It is a book that would probably be required reading for a course in Politics. It simply wasn’t interesting enough for my taste.

I give it two stars, reluctantly…

Quoth the Raven…