Personally I like the up yours message California, Oregon, and Washington are adopting related to climate change and Trump’s denial.
I would call it not only an example of State’s rights but one of a human right to exercise control over their environment and ultimately their health.
Thomas Jefferson said that people shouldn’t fear government , that government should fear the people – that doesn’t imply to me that government should be held captive or politicians routinely tarred and feathered.
What it does imply is that government should be responsive, the focus should be on the common welfare, not corporate interests – that elected officials who betray the public trust should either be impeached or voted out of office.
A common welfare that includes equal opportunity, equal access, a livable wage, education, and healthcare.
Power always attracts demagogues – what’s of interest to me is the purported role of the Electoral College, a role whose intent as defined is to be a safeguard against any form of “populism” that could lead to a demagogue being elected.
I won’t argue the merits or lack of them of the Electoral College, but what I will say is that by it’s very own mandate it has failed miserably – the ultimate demagogue is on the verge on taking the oath of office while EC members and states argue back and forth about what to do and what is legal.
A foreign power, Russia, has deliberately attempted to influence the outcome of the presidential election, and by all indications succeeded – by any metric any all information related to this should be made available to not only the EC but the public as well, something a representative government concerned with the common welfare would do – a government that operates in secrecy, that doles out only what information it deems appropriate is not representative.