WINDS CHANGE, TIDES rise and fall, political fortunes have a lot to do with momentum. You can be on top one day and on the bottom the next. In just a few weeks, an estimated 150 million Americans will vote in the most important national election in history. Some will vote in-person, some via absentee ballot and others by universal mail-in.

Four years ago, at the end of an eight-year run by Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the pendulum swung toward the Republican Party. In 2018, the winds changed again and Democrats regained momentum by taking control of the House of Representatives and in a number of state houses.

In January 2017, the Republicans controlled the presidency, a majority of the House and Senate, almost two-thirds of all the governorships, total control of the state houses in almost two-thirds of the states and were on their way to naming conservatives to a majority of federal courts.

Some analysts wondered if we were seeing the end of the liberal progressive agenda embraced by Obama-Biden. Voters said “no” to a Hillary Clinton administration. Democrats were demanding that we do away with the Electoral College and base future elections solely on the popular vote which was endorsed by the liberal national media.

We don’t know how the 2020 vote will go Nov. 3, but we might not know the final results for weeks. Both sides are laying the groundwork for contesting and challenging the results. It will be ugly.

Going back to 2016, we do know Donald Trump won the popular vote in 31 states (62%) to Clinton’s 19 and the District of Columbia (38%). Clinton won California 5,860,714 to Trump’s 3,151,821 or 61.6% to 33.1%, exclusive of the other candidates.

If you deducted the California vote from the national vote, Trump ended up with 57,113,976 and Clinton had 54,978,783 or a margin of 51.3% to 48.7%. No doubt about it, Clinton was elected president of California. You can assume Joe Biden and Kamala Harris also will win California this year.

This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the votes of any one populace state from overriding the votes of the others. Americans need to know that the Electoral College is working as our Founding Fathers intended. Democrats bitterly dispute this.

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VOTERS WILL have to pay close attention to what is being said during the various campaigns. If you are not careful, you might get the wrong impression. Here’s what a candidate said about his opponent during a 1986 campaign.

“Let us take a quick look at his childhood. It is a known fact that, on a number of occasions, he emulated older boys at a certain playground. This man who posed as a paragon of virtue, exacerbated his own sister when they were both teenagers.

“The men of his family are likewise completely amenable to moral persuasion. In fact, his uncle was a flagrant heterosexual. His sister, who has always been obsessed by sects, once worked as a proselyte outside the church.

“His father was secretly chagrined at least a dozen times by matters of a pecuniary nature. His great-aunt expired from a degenerative disease. His nephew subscribes to a phonographic magazine. His wife was a thespian before their marriage and performed in front of paying customers.

“And his own mother had to resign from an organization in her later years because she was an admitted sexagenarian. He attempted to interest a 13-year-old girl in philately. I can tell you in solemn truth that he is the very antithesis of political radicalism, economic irresponsibility and personal depravity.

“His own record proves he has frequently discountenanced treasonable, un-American philosophies and has perpetrated many overt acts as well. I think you will agree that no way should this guy be elected.”