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Rob Birdwell
Musician & Songwriter
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#TheSvens perform at @BombsAwayCafe (Corvallis, Oregon) this Sat at 8pm - $5 cover. (It's a Cowboy Surf Poetry music, some story, repeat)
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Here's a ~2 min montage our set at Cloud's (Corvallis, Oregon) was a fun night/weekend of music. Thanks to all for your support! We've got a lot of neat stuff we're cookin' up for future shows! #LMNOBand
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Rob Birdwell sings his tune "Miss Molly" with LMNO (live excerpt)
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A live excerpt of LMNO performing Let's Go (by Stanton Moore) featuring Christopher Layer on Flute.
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Rob Birdwell commented on a post on Blogger.
Here's L. Scott Mann's reply to my letter
(Texas Elector, Congressional District 19)

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Good Citizen,

I am sorry that, because I have received more than 60,000 emails, I can no longer personally respond to you. I gave up after about 1200. Given that the content is fairly universal, I am comfortable offering this universal response.

Thank you for your communication and for your passion for the Republic. I prefer writers to rioters.

Several things merit mentioning. First, you have every right to lobby an elector. I welcome the contact from a fellow American.

Second, this is not a pure democracy, it is a republic. The corollary to that fact is that even if the majority did rule, and it does not, there was no absolute majority winner in this election.

Third, the Electoral College does not exist in order to give you a "do over" because you don't like the results; it exists to preserve the nature of the the republic.

Finally, your feelings notwithstanding, it is not my duty to care one whit what the plurality or majority of Americans want. My job is to represent the decision of the winning party in the Texas Presidential election.

It's not that your feelings don't matter at all, they just don't matter here. The law and U.S. Constitution do.

For those who believe I should change my vote to HRC because of your intense feelings about Donald Trump, surely you must know that for every person who feels you have elected the worst person to ever hold the office, there is another who would have felt exactly the same that had we elected HRC: that she is unfit for office and her husband has committed multiple sexual assaults.

Nevertheless, I think it safe to say, my good citizen, you would not have agreed with electoral nullification of a Clinton victory. Nor would I.

This is why we have elections.

If you disagree with the electoral college concept, and some do, you have the opportunity amend the constitution. But elector nullification is not the answer.

I will vote my conscience. You need have no fear. I have never intended to do anything more or less.

Please allow me to illustrate my point from America's favorite pastime, baseball. In the 1960 World Series the Pirates beat the Yankees 4 games to three. But, the Yankees scored a total of 55 runs while the Pirates could only muster 27 total runs.

Unfair? No, those are the rules of baseball. We choose the winner of the World Series by number of games won, regardless of the disparity of the total runs. If the rules were different, teams would strategize differently and the result would likely be different. That the Yankees outscored the Pirates in 1960, or that the Cubs tied the Indians in runs scored this year, is nothing more than an interesting statistic.

In a Presidential campaign, if the rules were different, candidates would strategize differently and the result would likely be different. Donald Trump won according to the rules. Everything else, including the popular vote, is merely an interesting statistic.

Indirect election of the chief executive is the rule under parliamentary forms of government. No one in Canada or the United Kingdom votes for Prime Minister. The election is indirect.

In closing, I am delighted that many are reading the Federalist Papers. I've been reading them for twenty years. They are a fascinating insight into the minds of the framers of the Constitution, aren't they? The Anti-Federalist papers are equally educational. I recommend them for your reading also.

Yes, I agree with Hamilton in Federalist 68. No, I do not believe that the election of Donald Trump rises to that level.

If you have read this far you deserve my thanks, and to know that I do browse for responses. I read them and sometimes respond personally as time allows.

May God bless America and may God bless the great state of Texas.

Best regards,

L. Scott Mann
Texas Elector, Congressional District 19

Postscript: Inasmuch as the Electoral College does the business of the People I consider all communications to be the property of the People and may publish some or all without notice to the sender. Threats, and I've received more than one, are forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

The following may interest, enrage or encourage you:

And for those who think the country has never been in worse condition or that we are on the brink of civil war:

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118.9
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Letter to the US Electoral College Electors
The following is my letter/email the the United States Elector College Electors via - I'm posting it here because a number of Electors' email accounts are simply being inundated and may never be received.  I may also append E...
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Musings on Energy Investments
If you were looking to make energy investments in your community/region, where would you want your money to go? These numbers are culled from various sources and they seem, at best, to be ball-park...and I'm unashamedly biased towards clean/renewable energy...
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