America’s Long History of Election Interference…

Despite the current debate over sources exerting
undue influence on elections in America, and regardless of one’s level of outrage over
reports of such influence, the use of less than savory activities to sway voters is been
as American as cherry pie, as history plainly recounts. Means which were legal, quasi-legal, or clearly
illegal have all been recorded in American history. Some political figures have used such means
to launch their careers in public service, others to cap them, and still others have
found their actions spelled the ends of elected glory. Politicians have relied on the votes of the
dead. They have relied on their supporters to vote
early and often. They have purchased votes, with cash through
agents, or with liquor at the polls. And they have, through much of American history,
gotten away with it. Some of the questionable elections of American
history have been the handiwork of political machines, which at one time dominated America’s
larger cities and in some cases smaller counties. Political bosses selected hand-picked candidates
for public office, their victories foreordained. Ballot boxes have vanished during the counting
process, with them the political hopes of candidates and the voters which supported
them. Recounts have revealed votes being cast by
the dead, by absent soldiers, and by non-existent people. In short, despite protestations to the contrary,
disputed elections are well-woven into the fabric of American history, which explains
the extent to which many jurisdictions must go to assure an increasingly skeptical public
that their vote does indeed count. Here are 10 examples of subversion of the
electoral process in American history. 10. George Washington’s election to the Virginia
House of Burgesses in 1758 In 1757 George Washington stood for election
to the House of Burgesses representing Frederick County, Virginia. To put it plainly, he took a pasting, winning
only 40 votes out of more than 580 cast by the male landowners of the jurisdiction, an
embarrassing defeat for the young veteran of the Battle of the Monongahela. According to his close aide and political
advisor at the time, his defeat was caused, in part, by his failure to provide suitable
liquid refreshment to voters, an oversight which his opponents took advantage of readily. Washington, who had publicly avowed that he
would never stoop to such underhanded tactics, reconsidered his position during the election
of 1758. He directed his friend and advisor, Colonel
James Wood of the Virginia Colonial militia, to ensure potential supporters were better
treated. Washington, on Wood’s advice, purchased
rum, whiskey, wine, beer, and hard cider, according to Washington’s own account books,
spending the equivalent of about $9,000. His supply included nearly 50 gallons of beer,
a like amount of wine, three full barrels of rum (just over 100 gallons) and a half-pint
of brandy, presumably for his own consumption as he sweated out the vote count. In winning he received nearly 400 votes, though
the exact count varies depending on the source, and his alcohol supply ensured there was at
least a half-gallon of libations for each Washington supporter available at the polling
site. He never again lost an election, though he
never again needed to ply his supporters with liquids to achieve success. It should be noted that juicing the voters
was a common practice in the 18th century, and one reason why sales of alcohol were for
many years in America proscribed while the polls were open. 9. The New York gubernatorial election of 1792 The election of the governor of New York in
1792 was conducted under the rules established by the Constitution of 1777, which required
the votes accumulated by county to be canvassed by committees from the state legislature,
with six members each from the state senate and the state assembly. In several New York counties the sheriff,
who was responsible for collecting the votes and delivering them to the committee, was
serving in a temporary role, his term having expired. New sheriffs and other functionaries were
to be determined by the results of the election being held. In the case of three counties, ballots were
delivered to the committee by individuals delegated by the sheriffs. The term “chain of custody” did not yet
exist, but questions over that procedure brought the gubernatorial election into doubt. It was decided that New York’s senators
– who were from different political factions – would decide the outcome of the election. Unsurprisingly the Senators, Aaron Burr (Democratic-Republican)
and Rufus King (Federalist) couldn’t agree either. Burr wanted to accept the votes from one of
the three counties in question, King supported counting all three. With the Senators also deadlocked, the canvassing
committee from the legislature, after ascertaining who the winner would be if the three counties
were allowed, rejected all of them, making George Clinton the winner and thus Governor
of New York. The popular vote count had made John Jay the
winner, but the popular vote was of no consequence to those in power. By rejecting the three counties Clinton held
a 108 vote lead over his opponent. Despite his questionable election, or perhaps
because of it, he later served as Vice President of the United States, under two different
Presidents. 8. The Presidential election of 1824 In the Presidential election of 1824 multiple
candidates and a sharply divided country ensured that the election of the next President (it
was the tenth such election in American history) would be decided, for the first and thus far
only time, by the House of Representatives as prescribed by the Constitution (12th Amendment). William H. Crawford, Andrew Jackson, John
Quincy Adams, and Henry Clay all stood for the office of President. John C. Calhoun withdrew his candidacy early,
standing instead for the office of Vice President. In the election, Jackson clearly won the popular
vote (41% to 31% over Adams, with no one else close), though he achieved a mere plurality
rather than a majority of votes, the first time in American history a candidate for the
office did not win a majority. With the election in the hands of the politicians
in Congress, the will of the American voter was quickly subjugated to the political aspirations
of the contenders and their allies. Henry Clay, America’s consummate political
operator of the time, maneuvered to cast his support behind Adams, with the promise of
receiving the position of Secretary of State in return. Clay’s finish in the popular election did
not garner him enough votes to allow his consideration for the office under the terms of the 12th
Amendment; he thus advanced his own interests and those of Adams at the expense of the will
of at least 40% of the people, expressed through their support of Jackson. Adams became President, Calhoun Vice President,
and the nation was pushed further down the road of sectional divide between the eastern
establishment and the south and emerging west. 7. The Presidential election of 1876 In 1876, as the post-Civil War period of Reconstruction
continued, Rutherford B. Hayes (Republican Governor of Ohio) and Samuel Tilden (Democratic
Governor of New York) vied for the Presidency. In the election itself, Tilden carried the
popular vote by a significant margin, and after the first count led in the Electoral
College by a count of 184 to 165. Victory required 185 electoral votes, and
twenty votes were undecided, or rather disputed, following the initial count. With the Republicans in power in both houses
of Congress the twenty votes, which were from four states, were quickly the target of machinations
by both parties. The four states which held the disputed votes
were Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana. In all four states (three from the former
Confederacy) both political parties declared their respective candidate to be the winner. Oregon shifted its position after deciding
that one elector had voted illegally. With the nation’s business at a standstill
as a result of the impasse, Congress and the political bosses of the states in question
took steps to resolve the dispute. Rather than reassessing the results of the
election by counting the actual votes cast by the populace, Congress chose to resolve
the issue by political compromise. Democrats had long been demanding the withdrawal
of federal troops from the South which were there in part to enforce the voting rights
of recently emancipated blacks. Republicans agreed to withdraw the troops,
effectively ending Reconstruction and opening the door to Jim Crow laws in the South, in
return for Hayes being awarded the twenty disputed electoral votes. The twenty votes gave Hayes 185, sufficient
for victory. Tilden, who had achieved an outright majority
in the popular vote, which included the highest voter turnout by percentage in American history,
faded into obscurity. 6. Bleeding Kansas and fraudulent votes in 1854 In the tense decade which preceded the Civil
War, as new territories sought to enter the Union the dispute over whether they would
do so as slave or free tore the nation apart. In the early 1850s the administration of President
Franklin Pierce was pro-slavery, and territorial authorities, which were appointed by the President,
were selected based on their effectiveness supporting the President’s views. The officials in Kansas supported and encouraged
an influx of pro-slavery voters, regardless of whether they were legally allowed to vote
in the territory. The pro-slavery groups used intimidation to
prevent anti-slavery voters from visiting the polls, as well as voted illegally to ensure
that Kansas allowed slavery within its borders. In the 1854 elections in Kansas, out of 2,843
votes cast, 1,729 were determined to have been illegal by a Congressional committee
a year after the election, though the results of the same election were allowed to stand. In one Kansas precinct alone, 604 votes were
cast, though only 20 by legal residents of Kansas, all of whom had voted against slavery
in the territory. The pro-slavery contingent carried the precinct. Northern abolitionists attempt to countermand
the influx of illegal voters by encouraging likeminded settlers to relocate to the territory,
and Kansas soon degraded into a battleground, which became known in the eastern newspapers
as Bleeding Kansas. When a free-state legislature was elected
outside of the regularly scheduled electoral process, protesting the legality of the legislature
elected by mostly illegal votes, President Pierce refused to recognize it. Pierce went so far as to designate the free-state
legislature as “insurrectionist” in a message to Congress despite the clear illegitimacy
of the existing Kansas government. 5. Voters convicted of exercising the franchise
illegally How far the illegitimacy of some votes extends
was demonstrated in Adams County, Ohio, in the early 20th century. Adams County was and is relatively sparsely
populated, mostly rural, with few large towns and no major cities. Nonetheless in the 19th century it saw the
emergence of political machines which used force and fraud to ensure that voters saw
things their way. Political leaders with national connections
soon learned that the easiest way to obtain votes in cash-poor Adams County was to simply
buy them. When Rutherford B. Hayes ran for Governor
of Ohio his party – the Republicans – found in Adams County plentiful numbers of voters
willing to sell their ballot. The practice began in the 1860s and was still
commonplace in the early 1900s. In 1910, 26% of the registered voters in Adams
County were charged with selling their votes, by then to representatives of both major political
parties. One thousand, nine hundred and sixty voters
were arrested, charged, tried, and convicted for the crime, which was known amongst its
practitioners as “boodling” (from 1896 to 1936 Adams County was considered a bellwether
county in Presidential Elections). Votes could be purchased for $25 around the
turn of the century, and there was little inclination to conceal the practice. As a bellwether county in a bellwether state,
carrying Adams County could easily determine which candidate carried Ohio and its critical
electoral votes as the American system turned further and further away from the popular
vote. During Presidential election years, vote buying
in Manchester, a river city in Adams County, was its leading industry. 4. The Senator from Pendergast Big city political machines were once as common
as big cities themselves, with some becoming nationally famous, and others remaining local
phenomena. One such machine, relatively unknown outside
of Missouri but there near legendary for its success, was the Pendergast machine of Kansas
City. Tom Pendergast used his influence to dominate
local politics, always ensuring that he helped the common people in order to retain their
good will. Famed news anchorman Walter Cronkite wrote
of his being picked up by the police and taken to the polls to vote, after they provided
him with a slip of paper which told him under what name he was to vote, during his time
as a writer in Kansas City. He voted as directed several times in one
day, always under different names. Pendergast used his influence to have the
governor appoint a young county judge under his control to a vacant seat in the United
States Senate. After the newly appointed Senator arrived
in Washington he found himself referred to by colleagues and the press as the Senator
from Pendergast. When it was time for him to run for re-election
Pendergast ensured that he ran virtually unopposed, and made sure he received a suitably impressive
voter turnout. The Senator, Harry S Truman, eventually became
both Vice President and later President of the United States, though his political career
was born out of less than the straightforward support of his peers as envisioned by the
Founders in the Constitution. Had it not been for the Pendergast machine
and its manipulation of Missouri votes, the world would likely have never heard of Harry
Truman, and may instead have had to deal with President Douglas MacArthur. 3. Landslide Lyndon and the election of 1948 In the Presidential election of 1964 incumbent
Lyndon Johnson won over Republican Senator Barry Goldwater in one of the greatest landslides
of American history. The victory was undoubtedly especially sweet
for LBJ since he had since first arriving in Washington in 1948 been referred to derisively
and usually behind his back as “Landslide Lyndon”. The sobriquet was learned after he scored
an improbable narrow victory in the Congressional election of 1948. It was a victory which was later determined
to have been clearly stolen, a theft of the public trust which launched LBJ’s political
career. Once Johnson achieved political office, he
used the patronage at his disposal to ensure he never lost it, and though grumblings over
his illegitimacy dogged the rest of his career, he was able to ignore them. In the 1948 election (a runoff between Johnson
and fellow Democrat Coke Stephenson), six days after it was clear that Johnson had lost,
a ballot box was discovered in Alice, Texas, containing 202 ballots, 200 of which were
votes for Johnson. An investigation revealed that the 200 ballots
all contained handwriting which was markedly similar. A Johnson friendly judge, Abe Fortas, led
the investigation into possible improprieties. How the investigation turned out can be ascertained
by considering that Johnson later appointed Fortas to the Supreme Court (Fortas eventually
resigned over ethics issues). The mysterious 200 votes gave Johnson a victory
margin of 87, which led to his being known as Landslide Lyndon amongst his peers. Coke Stephenson celebrated his “lost”
election by changing allegiance, joining the Republican Party. 2. JFK, Joe Kennedy Sr. and the election of 1960 Since the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960,
one of the closest presidential elections in American history, rumors have persisted
that his father arranged through Chicago mobsters for his son to carry Cook County and thus
the state of Illinois. Like many tales about Joe Kennedy, including
his alleged bootlegging activities, there is no empirical evidence to support the accusation,
which is based largely upon innuendo from convicted mobsters, uttered to present themselves
as no worse than the Kennedy’s. Kennedy’s bootlegging and vote buying activities
have been debunked repeatedly by historians and scholars, but anti-Kennedy hatred ensures
that the rumors will never be erased by presentation of fact. Indeed, the rumors worsen over time, supported
by further innuendo. The Republican candidate – Richard Nixon
– repeatedly claimed voter fraud in Illinois, orchestrated by mobster Sam Giancana, as well
as in Texas and in nine other states. Nixon and leading Republicans demanded recounts
in multiple jurisdictions, none of which revealed any improprieties. Years later Giancana and other mob leaders
claimed to have swayed the election to Kennedy, though the war on organized crime prosecuted
by the Kennedy’s which punished Giancana and other leading mob figures, as well as
leading union leaders such as the Teamster’s Jimmy Hoffa, indicated there was no alliance
between JFK’s backers and the Mafia. Did Kennedy steal the election as so many
conservatives continue to believe? Maybe yes, maybe no, but there has yet to
be revealed hard evidence that he did. Nonetheless, many of the far right continue
to consider Kennedy an illegitimate President, elected through criminal means by organized
crime stealing votes on his behalf. 1. The “Popular Vote” hasn’t always meant
much in American history Beginning with the election of 1824, which
was decided through the political maneuverings of well-placed officials in the nation’s
capital, there have been five instances when the winner of the popular vote has failed
to be inaugurated President of the United States. Blaming the quirks of the Electoral College
is not enough when considering how popular sovereignty has been subjugated to political
infighting. In 1824 the House of Representatives – not
the Electoral College – ensured that the popular vote winner did not enter the White
House. In 1824 electors were appointed by state legislatures
in six states, thus removing the will of the people from the decision entirely, and allowing
political party leaders and their financial allies to decide who would become President
of the United States. Since that lamentable example of the pitfalls
of the American democratic process, the winner of the popular vote has been the loser of
the election four times: in 1876, 1888, 2000, and most recently in 2016. Only in the latter did the electoral winner
declare that his vanquished opponent had benefited from “millions” of illegal votes. While no evidence of illegal votes in the
2016 election has been presented, there is no question that safeguards of the American
voting system, both against foreign intrusion and against manipulation by the candidates
themselves, is a necessary and wise precaution. There is a well-known axiom that truth is
the first casualty of war. It is also the first casualty of the American
electoral process, and always has been, perhaps explaining why the Father of his Country found
it necessary to get voters intoxicated in order to lure them to the polls.

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  • Guber National? Gu-ber-nat-or-I-al.

  • And people wonder why so few go to the polls in America. There is a definite feeling that the individual voter doesn't count. And then the elected officials do whatever they want anyway.

  • As cherry pie……come on Simon….you are way better than that. It is apple.

  • so the american voting is as corput as i assumed but the amerian ust dont liked if foreigne power helps one or they other canidate. but on the other hand if voting whoude change anything it whoud be illegal

  • what happened to really

  • How about a video on the history of American meddling in foreign elections….

  • This is fairly well known to fans of Noam Chomsky ? Especially if you're interested in my beloved Country interfering in the elections of OTHER nations.

  • Anyone in this country that thinks voting make one iota of difference has their heads in their asses so far they can't breathe. Political offices in this country are bought, not voted votes on. Get a clue. Murica is finished.

  • So you covered our domestic election rigging. What about our foreign election rigging? You know we have done that too, right? Even worse, when we fail at it we use violence instead. Do a video on that, which will no doubt be even more popular with your viewers.

  • GubenatoRial Not GuberNATIONal

  • I see Top Tenz and my mind yells, "Class is in session!"

  • Electors insure that large populous states do not negate the votes of the smaller states. South Carolina means as much as New York or Florida.

  • I gotta say that whatever Vietnam era people say about LBJ, we were better off with LBJ. I think that no other Senator, and later President could have handled the Civil Rights era with so appropriate a mixture of subtility and brute force. No other senator could have pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the subsequent founding of NASA's funding to reshape the South. It worked, and so did LBJ's civil rights effort as president.

    Lots of people like to rag on the South these days, and I have to agree we deserve it to an extent. But the New South was a great and hopeful place to grow up before it started falling apart in the nineties, and still has rich and vibrant racially-diverse urban regions. The regions are hemmed in by oppressive state governments, but we are still here, and still believe in LBJ's dream.

  • 4:22 "Making George Clinton the winner and thus the new Governor of New York"
    So the Clinton's have been at it for a while then…

  • It’s pretty much a dead heat.

    Clinton did cheat in the 2016 General Election. It just backfired.

    She thought she’d steal votes she felt she was entitled to so in every precinct the Dems had control & access to the machines they set it up to steal Stein votes and move them to Clinton.

    Most of her extra votes came from CA which was a huge Stein State where Stein “under performed”.

    Evidence popped up that is to be expected when they use this form of vote theft. Analysis of exit polling would show how likely it is, but MSM hid those numbers.

    At least one other candidate had the same issue.

    Why do you think HIllary didnt support Stein’s recount efforts? Her advisors were telling her to support the recount.

  • What about the American Removal of Democratically elected Leaders be that of South and Central American Nations or "Allies" when Gough Whitlam PM of Australia was dismissed thanks to highly probable CIA involvement
    Surely those Political Interferences are far more noteworthy than demonstrating how undemocratic the USA is

  • There's a reason the electoral college exists, I think people that don't live here and don't understand how our political system works
    should maybe just stick to videos about other things

  • Maybe if we (mainly the baby boomers) Didn't ignore bush using jimcrow laws to get the presidency 911 wouldve never happened, no wars for oil and we'd be ahead on climate change….then a realty tv star wouldn't be president

  • How many times has the United States meddled in another country's election?

  • Truth was the first casualty of this video.

    First I'll point out that during the 1758 election Virginia was part of Great Britain. You know, the nation that imported chattel slavery into this continent. You should know it well, being a Brit and a citizen of the nation that did more to ensure slavery in America than any other. When it was against federal law to import slaves into this nation under our constitution after 1812 and right up to the civil war the number one source of slaves was slavers from Great Britain.

    In the second case the constitution covering the gubernatorial election was not the federal constitution since it doesn't actually address voting, that being a power of the states, but the New York State Constitution duly ratified by the people of the state of New York. See, every state has its own constitution here because it's a sovereign entity, or at least was when we still followed the federal constitution. It was a case of were the ballots delivered as required by the constitution of the state of New York, the one the people of that state ratified, and they were discarded because it was decided they were not. What you are calling "interference" is actually following the law laid out by the constitution at the instruction of the people of that state.

    In the third case you make the mistake of thinking a plurality of the popular vote is supposed to be the means by which presidents are elected. The people do not vote for president in this nation, the states do through the electoral college so that a few incredibly populous states do not elect the president the citizens of other states must live under. For that reason each state gets a number of electors proportional to their population, and those electors may be chosen in any manner the citizens of that state wish them to be selected. Every state has opted to select them by popular vote PER DISTRICT, so that one large city cannot choose the electors for the entire state, much like presidential elections.

    As far as the 1824 election the legislatures of those 6 states did not decide the house would select the electors. The people did. They did so through their state legislatures. State legislators are elected by the people of their districts, the election laws of that state are drawn up by the legislators the people elected and do their bidding. If the people of a state prefer their electors be selected by the legislature or through random card turns it is entirely within their power to tell their legislators that's how they want it done. You're actually stating that acting as the people have mandated be written into law through duly elected legislators is "interference". You're saying the legislature acting at the will of the people is somehow removing the will of the people.

    You simply do not know enough about this nations election process to understand that it works as the people demanded it works. The processes we live by in this nation the majority may not oppress the minority simply through raw numbers. While raw majorities may tilt the wheel in individual states, they may not federally. If popular elections were held the populations of the 10 most populous states would make all of the decisions the people of the other 40 states must live under. Maybe that's all fine and dandy in a nation that still has a queen, but it doesn't work that way here. The two million "majority" votes for Hillary Clinton are more than the entire populations of our 3 smallest states, and 2/3 of the states voted Trump. I didn't personally vote for him, but for the people of just a couple of states to make the decision for all of the states is ludicrous. And I guarantee that if it were the republicans who won by fewer than 1% of the popular vote but lost 60% of the states they would be the ones crying will of the people and the democrats would be defending the electoral college.

  • It’s well proven that even today, we have no real presidential elections, so no representative government.

  • Fascinating video, Simon and crew! There was a lot of information that I wasn't aware of, especially when it comes to the 18th and 19th century. Thanks for that!

  • wow there is so much wrong information in this video its ridiculous……..

  • I really don’t think you understand how American Presidential Elections work.

  • This is a very interesting video a lot of it seems very tabloid based journalism though while I have no doubt that America is not perfect and that people can and do affect voting in our country I don't think that a lot of this is true when people lose a fight they tend to blurt out anything to try to make themselves feel better and gain support from the people around them so they can try to save face when they lose but don't get me wrong there has been actual misconduct in the voting system of our country in the past and present currently going on.

  • A tale as old as time. A song as old as rime. Voter manipulation and the political establishment.

  • Awesome dear sir.
    .for if Nixon's administration was today? He just ve absurd as Trump. Tho either way I always stand by my president.

  • Simon, you spent a great deal of time talking about the elections however for an educational video if you’re going to be honest then be honest. Spend a minute, and teach everyone what the electoral college is what it was set up for how and why it functions and if a debate is needed over it’s continued use.

  • goo ber nah TOR ee uhl

  • It's funny how almost all examples of voter fraud in the modern day have been at the hands of Republicans. Even Anne Coultre committed voted fraud, but she had an ex boyfriend (sex buddies) in the FBI pull some strings to get the charges dropped.

  • I think it's nice that, as many of these that you put out, you remain genuine with each one

  • Ya ya ya ya so does everyone else even the canadians which is where I'm from it's just the way she goes bud

  • I just love Simon so so much. He is so interesting and fun to watch and listin too. I watch all of his videos every day.

  • Even I, an Englishman who has spent the grand total of 14 nights in Florida, know it is Mom's Apple Pie, and the pronunciation of Gubernatorial is NOT Gubernational. I have supported Simon for similar mistakes, but I think these are a step to far!

  • Simon, it's not "Goober-national", it's "gubernatorial": GOO – ber – nuh – Tor – ee – uhl. An election to choose a governor.

  • I wonder Simon if Canada has had the same voter shinanigans… a video on that would be appreciated by your ?? fans and followers.. subscribed and thumbed up… ?

  • Hillary, Bernie, DNC. It happened….. But the media owns americas heads to the fullest.

  • Walter Cronkite claimed in his biography that the people who took him to the polls forgot to tell him who he was supposed to vote for.

  • Though i do prefer cherry… It's apple.

  • I like that SJW NEON in the background!!

  • Do a video detailing the rules and limitations of the electoral college and tell who and how the people are that makes it up and how they get said positions and what the rules are that they are supposed to follow

  • That was fascinating team! Thanks.

  • I’d think all politicians/governments everywhere for all time are guilty of this type of behavior.

  • Oh please, only five elections where the popular vote winner didn't win is not enough to abolish the Electoral College. No system of government is perfect; but I'll take ours (USA) over chaotic parliamentary forms of government any day, and I'll take parliamentary forms of government over dictatorships any day.

  • Still find the voting system flawed because you vote for what your state are going to vote. So the way I see it is easy to be corrupted by anyone who wants to

  • Funny you should mention safeguards against voter fraud are needed, since claiming that in the US apparently makes you a racist.

  • That's why I don't vote

  • Basically, it's not Russia that's interfering with our elections, it's our political establishment desperate to cling to power. And people who fall for the Russiagate hoax aren't paying attention.

  • Russian and Chinese influences on elections?

  • Let's face it, even without this stuff, It's plain that the American voting system as it stands, is a shambles. It concentrates on taking a State as a whole, regardless of individual voter proportions or regions within a State. It's a sham really.

  • There have been dozens of arrests for voter fraud coming out of both 2016 and 2018 elections, and all of those arrested voted illegally for Democrats, go figure.

    Every once in a while you get to see Simon's political leanings when he becomes a shill for the leftist political agenda.

  • gerrymandering: a method of last resort lest democracy takes hold.

  • US Presidential Elections have never been about the popular vote. That was deliberate. It is about the weighted (by population) vote for each *state*.

  • Gubernat-orial. Not Gubernat-ional. Sorry, but that just sounds ridiculous

  • If you are registered to vote, but don't vote,
    you are giving another vote to whoever the guys behind the curtain want.
    Right now that's Trump.
    Go vote.

  • I don't care who does the electing as long as I do the nominating – Boss Tweed.

  • 12:25 A president Macarthur? sounds like a plan to me!

  • LBJ sacrificed the sailors of the USS Liberty as well to get re-elected. He is a true traitor!

  • No, we would have President Wallace. The VP from 1941 to 1945 if Truman wasn't a Senator.

  • He was known as Ruther-Fraud B. Hayes?

  • Doing it by the popular vote wouldn’t work because that would make some states Irrelevant like Idaho and make states like California the main decider of every national election

  • As a sidenote as Simon doesn’t seem like he’s going to mention this Abraham Lincoln only received 40% of the popular vote and still became president.

  • Been saying this sorta stuff for years. Nobody cares unless you get caught. Sad truth.

    Edit: to add onto the electoral college bit. Electorates do not have to vote according to how the area they represent voted.

  • This genius mispronounced the word "gubernatorial" 2 times !
    Proof that Brits are even dumber than Americans

  • In South Dakota, you cannot vote if you have not first, registered in advance of the election, at least once in your life. Number 2 you must have a photo ID card to present at the polling place, a Drivers license or state ID card will work. Number 3 you must have your name crossed off the voter book each election so you cannot vote twice, there are two such books at the polls, and two election workers one on each book must verify your ID and cross your name off that elections prepared book. I recall the first election after this law was passed. I arrived at the polling place. The man at the first book was a old buddy, in fact we used to sneak behind the shop classroom during lunch break for a cigarette when we were in school. He was, at that time serving as my attorney. He greeted me by name, then requested my ID, crossed off my name from the voter roll, then passed my drivers license to a lady who was the first girl I had ever made love to back when we were both in our early teens. She greeted me by name, asked about my wife and kids, then looked at my ID and again crossed my name off the voter roll and returned my drivers license. The next lady, who taught me in the 6th grade handed me the ballot so I could vote. Love that voter ID, especially in a small town.

  • Sadly, people still think that politics is an honourable business and it is most definitely a business in the US these days due to the exchange of cash via numerous sources lobbying for their cause.

    Politics, globally, is the most dishonourable thing in existence as the few control the masses and the scope of their already proven crimes is barely the skin on an apple with the juiciness underneath!

  • You should do a video on my butthole

  • Oh geez Simon, as if this doesn’t happen in all countries.

  • it's "as American as APPLE pie." although cherry IS preferable. But, I'm dreadfully afraid that short of a petition and a concentrated effort towards a massive cultural paradigm shift, it remains apple pie.

  • mankind is criminal by default but always dream for the just ,heavenly future ! that stays future ! never to be.

  • Given how badly Simon mangles English pronunciations (guber-NATIONAL?!), his foreign pronunciations must be woeful.

  • One of these days, someone will have to compile a thesaurus of Simon's "new words", like "gubernational".

  • Politics has always been corrupt. It doesn't matter where in the world or when in time.

  • I do not believe Quincy did that. That was Jackson propaganda.

  • Yes, because the English never bothered to interfere with elections, they just took over and installed their own puppet governments.

  • The electoral college helps prevent the tyranny of the majority. If the popular vote was mattered in 1860, then Lincoln might not have won because the pro slavery faction would have rallied around a single candidate rather than it being split 3 way.

  • The Electoral College system exists to give people in rural areas a reason to vote. Without it, anyone who disagrees with the popular opinion of the country's largest cities can just go suck an egg. It forces presidential candidates to pay attention to smaller communities, instead of just trying to win California's coast, New York City and the area surrounding it. That's not to say that there aren't problems with the rest of the system, but the electoral college is definitely a well considered feature.

  • Now do one on US intervention in foreign elections.

  • I kind of wish buying votes was legal. I certainly prefer an extra hundred bucks to caring about who is elected.

  • A nation founded on slavery and took pride in the genocide carried out against the indigenous people, we now expect to be a just and honest people? What moral values does our history and current culture reflect?

  • I thought this video was going to cover American interference in elections in other countries, as well as "regime changes". Maybe you could do this in another video?

  • According to the Urban DIctionary. "gubernational" refers to a national, governing election, i.e. presidential, and is a modern word.

  • surprised there was no mention of the southern strategy, but I suppose that deserves its own video.

  • The cartoon @ 2:52 was a racist comment depicting Irish and German immigrants as violent drunkards and a drain on society. Every wave of immigrants to the US took some degree of BS, and then it's looked back on decades later and people muse "how could the established population treat them like that"?

  • It’s gubernatorial not gubernational! Geez!

  • Simon, you glazed over a huge fact like it didn't exist. Federal troops were invited into the south to quell the democratic parties use of the Klan (which were formed primarily of ex-plantation owners). The federal troops were there to keep the Klansmen from committing the atrocities they're know for. Now, to what you missed, the withdrawal of Federal troops ensured that atrocities would happen, and is the reason Jim Crowe laws came to pass.
    *Fun Fact: an unintended consequence of Jim Crowe laws was the Republican party electing the first black senator to give newly freed African Americans a voice. Fredrick Douglas. You should do a Biographic on him sometime. Or a Geographic about the American "south" during 1840-1920.
    You're very Democrat biased by your presentation of that fact. You're better than that. Always tell the truth.

  • Is this when America was great?

  • insert feigned surprise

  • We are not the United STATE of America. The Presidential election, the only natioal contest, is voted one state at a time through democratically selected electors. The Electoral College is analogous of the combined Senate and House of Representatives. It is designed so that 51% of the population cannot dictate to 49%. Gerrymandering is far more of an interference in Democratic representation than the Electoral College ever could be.c

  • That's were they got all of their experience rigging elections in other countries.

  • Totally ignored the political machinations of Mayor Charles Daley, Tammany hall, Battle of Athens Tennessee, the public admittance of Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill that he participated in ballot box stuffing early in his political career.

  • Lol @ goober-national

  • When Hillary gets caught getting her phony information on Trump from Russia to pass onto CNN to rig an election, absolute crickets
    DNC, fbi & Hillary get caught red handed (seth rich) rigging an election against sanders, absolute crickets
    Bill got paid half a million for a speech in Moscow 1 year prior, absolute crickets
    They sold Uranium to Russia through a proxy route, absolute crickets
    Their "charity" closes down the moment they lose the presidency, absolute crickets
    Hillary claims Benghazi ie; the destruction of Libya is a "conspiracy theory" absolute crickets

  • No evidence of illegal voting during the 2016 election?
    Govt Accountability institute found there were thousands of illegal votes. And there were many arrests. Did you not even google it??

  • When the US Constitution was being written some the writers believed that tho government if the US would one day become oppressive. That day has come we now have 2.3 million of our people in prisons. Why?
    1) Increased law breaking.
    2) sentences that are two long
    3) Plea Bargaining. The guilty get off light. The innocent are frightened into pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit.
    4) arrest quotas on police.
    5) conviction quotas on courts and prosecutors.
    6.) prisons for prophet, also known as private prisons. It is because of these that causes 4 and five exist.

  • It is a little annoying when an outsider criticizes your home. One day I hope Simon figures out what a republic is. We are a nation of sovereign states and it is the states that elect the president via the Electoral College. He obviously doesn't like it; since he takes a swipe at the Electoral College in other videos, as well as this one. There are pros and cons for using this system; and people should try to understand why we use this system. Many Americans feel as he does that the popular vote should determine the winner. In that case, they should try to amend the Constitution.

  • What is "gubernational"? The word you want is "gubernatorial". "Machinations" is pronounced with a hard C. You can only use "latter" to distinguish one item thing from one other thing. I think you wanted to say "last mentioned".

  • the word is gub-er-na-TOR-i-al!!!

  • Dumbacrats cheat in every election

  • Voting is such a joke. Always has been. Now whoever loses will call out fraud.

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