How The Electoral College Can Defend The Constitution And Stand Against Trump (VIDEO)
As written into the Constitution, the Electoral College is meant to prevent tyranny. And in The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton noted the College was meant to ensure “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”
Trump’s election has turned the electoral college upside down
Well, guess what? More than 200 years later, that’s what has happened anyway, notes Harald Fuller-Bennett, in The Hill.
Hamilton elaborated that the College was supposed to preserve “the sense of the people,” and also ensure that electors would choose a president who would “afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder,” Bennett writes.
I can’t help but think that our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves.
Trump is not “endowed with the requisite qualifications,” and his election has spurred “tumult and disorder.”
“Trump has demonstrated a predilection for tyranny at home and chaos abroad, and the Electoral College is our constitutional safety valve that can keep him out of the White House.”
“The reasons Donald Trump is incapable of fulfilling the duties of the Presidency are myriad.”
Bennett said he wouldn’t go into all the reasons — except one:
“Trump’s tweet calling for political protesters — such as those who would burn the American flag — to be jailed and stripped of their citizenship is one such example. As Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) pointed out, ‘no president is allowed to burn the First Amendment.’”
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
The Electoral College votes on December 19, and at least one Republican elector has said he will not vote for Trump. And there are seven Democratic electors who say they won’t vote for Trump or Clinton, but will instead choose a qualified Republican, The New Yorker reports. There’s a good chance that for every elector that’s publicly declared their intentions, several more Hamilton Electors may be waiting in the wings, keeping quiet for fear of pressure or threats they may face, Bennett writes, noting:
“We the people must embolden these electors by expressing our support in the public square, by reading and discussing the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, and by debating who the compromise candidate should be. The clear support of the people will hearten the electors to fulfill their constitutional duty and protect our Republic.
“Americans that love our country, our liberties, and our Constitution can help this movement continue to grow, just by talking about it nonstop for the next twelve days.”
And indeed, if we don’t want this orange-faced carpetbagger as president, then this is what we must do.
Bennett adds that while this is a risky strategy, there are far greater risks in not doing so. This is the last Constitutional step we can take to keep a potential tyrant from becoming president. We seriously need to remember that Trump will have the full police and military powers of the federal government to use as he sees fit.
That should worry you. If it doesn’t, what’s wrong with you?
And the Hamilton Elector movement is picking up steam — something that can be seen with Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s recent announcement that the electors shouldn’t vote for him. And he wasn’t a good choice to begin with.
So Republicans, please get your heads together on this. After all, your party will still rule the roost — controlling not only the White House, but also both houses of Congress. You can still push a Republican agenda, but if you manage to oust Trump, you have the opportunity to put in someone with experience. Instead of an over-hyped orange-faced racist megalomaniac.
And many Democrats still argue the Electoral College should go for Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by a huge margin. But Bennett warns that Republican electors simply aren’t going to vote for her. To do so could cause a lot of civil unrest, “and perhaps even civil war.” He surmises that Clinton would have a struggle at hand to become a uniting force and governing would be nearly impossible. And to be truthful, she’s not the dream candidate that many Democrats think she is. Hold your noses, Democrats and look for a Republican that isn’t insane. Because the one heading for the White House clearly is.
We do have a chance to keep Trump out of the White House. No, it’s not a huge one, but if we make our voices heard, if we grow loud enough so that those in the Electoral College have to hear us, we might succeed.
Sure, it’s a longshot. But it’s a longshot that’s worth it.
And if you’ve ever wondered how the Electoral College actually works, this hilarious video by the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah explains things quite well.
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