by Michael Gulett –
Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and a prime author of the Federalist Papers, helped define the Electoral College; how it works and why it exists.
He wanted to prevent individuals who are unfit to be in the position of chief executive of the country.
This is reflected in his fears about the types of people who could potentially become president. He worried that corrupted individuals could become president, particularly those who are either more directly associated with a foreign state, or individuals who do not have the capacity to run the country.
In The Federalist Papers (Federalist 68) he notes that the person who will become president will have to be a person who possesses the faculties necessary to be a president, stating that,
Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.
– Alexander Hamilton
The 2016 US president election may be the first time that the Electoral College will have the responsibility to carry out their duties as the Founding Fathers envisioned.
One Republican presidential elector (a member of the Electoral College) from Texas, Christopher Suprun, has just announced his intention to not vote for Trump in a opinion article in the New York Times.
Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.
The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.
Finally, Mr. Trump does not understand that the Constitution expressly forbids a president to receive payments or gifts from foreign governments. We have reports that Mr. Trump’s organization has business dealings in Argentina, Bahrain, Taiwan and elsewhere. Mr. Trump could be impeached in his first year given his dismissive responses to financial conflicts of interest. He has played fast and loose with the law for years.
– Christopher Suprun
Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2.5 million American voters (and still counting) even though he won the majority of the Electoral College
Trump not only lost — he’s actually the biggest loser ever. No one has ever become president after such a trouncing in the national popular vote.
Donald Trump represents a unique threat to our Republic and our Constitutional system of government.
– He would be the only president in American history who has never held public office.
– He has advocated violating the Constitution, including religious registration and the use of torture.
– He has advocated stripping Americans of their Constitutional right to citizenship.
– He has promised to use civil liability to attack the free press.
– He has admitted to sexually assaulting women on tape.
– He has encouraged violence at his rallies.
– He has advocated violating international treaties.
– He has been subject to more lawsuits than all presidents combined, including 75 currently open.
The danger of someone like Donald Trump is precisely why Hamilton, Madison and the other Founding Fathers gave the Electoral College the power to choose the President.
– The Electoral College Petition calls on the 538 Electors who pick the president on December 19 to cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton, and against Donald Trump.
The Electoral College Petition has more the 4.6 million signers who want the Electoral College delegates to not vote for Donald Trump.
You can sign this petition here.
It ain’t over until its over.
– Yoga Bera
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