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John H. Burns letter: Are you sleeping well Mr. Lincoln?

I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Willmar voters chose the high road by electing Fernando Alvarado, Kathy Schwantes and Julie Asmus to the Willmar City Council.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Willmar voters chose the high road by electing Fernando Alvarado, Kathy Schwantes and Julie Asmus to the Willmar City Council.

Their strong victory margins are a clear mandate to the council to avoid the pettiness and obstructionism of the past. Ward 3 voters should be particularly commended for electing Alvarado by a wide margin and thereby decisively rejecting his opponent's appeal to bigotry.

Mary Sawatzky, Andrew Falk and Lyle Koenen were inundated by a huge wave that roared ashore from the Great White Shark. It is a one-time phenomenon that will not be repeated. They will be vindicated.

As for that shark, Trump and his deplorables will claim that the "people" have chosen him to do whatever pops into his head. If course, since about 2 million more Americans voted for Clinton than for Trump, she is the one with the popular mandate, albeit a slim one. In any other country that elects its president by the direct vote of the people, Clinton would be president-elect.

Trump has accumulated more Electoral College votes. Let's consider the source of these votes. Of Trump's 290 electoral votes at the time of this writing, 147 came from the old confederate states, i.e., the old slave states that committed mass treason against the United States and fought a terrible war against us in a futile effort to preserve slavery.

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Of the old confederate states, only Virginia did not vote for Trump. The majority of Trump Electoral College votes came from those states, with a minority (132 votes) coming from states that remained loyal to the U.S.

Border states, with strong confederate affinities, such as Missouri and Kentucky, also went to Trump, as did Indiana and Ohio with their regional southern orientations.

The old slave states lost the war and won the election. Are you sleeping well Mr. Lincoln?

John H. Burns

Willmar

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