Honor the Founding Fathers and Dump Trump
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On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they aren't bound to vote that way. And, in fact, they shouldn't.
The ideals of the founding fathers were freedom, tolerance, and equal rights and protection for all. Their single greatest fear was institutional tyranny. They established the electoral college as a guard against that possibility. Or, as James Madison put it in the Federalist Papers, to stop "a number of citizens whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community" from taking over the government.
Which is to say, the electoral college exists so that someone who campaigns on a platform that falls somewhere between tyranny and full-blown fascism, with campaign promises that have included, among other things:
- Jailing political opponents
- Removing legal protections for free speech and the free press, so that journalists can be sued, silenced, and suppressed
- Banning an entire religion
- Forcibly deporting millions of people, many of whom have been living peacefully in the country for years
- Subjecting suspected terrorists to torture
- Murdering the families of suspected and confirmed terrorists
...will not EVER be president. Not with a minority of the popular vote, and not even with a majority of the popular vote either.
The electoral college was NOT established so that such a candidate can win the presidency without even having the support of most Americans! Let alone while having virtually no support among those Americans who understand the importance of due process, religious freedom, free speech, and every single person's inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It doesn't matter that Hillary won the popular vote (except insofar as that fact provides the electors a clear, viable, and democratically supported alternative to Trump). It doesn't matter that Trump is an abhorrent human being, a racist, a sexist, and a self-confessed serial abuser of women. Those are all significant issues. But they're all also completely beside the point!
All that matters is that Trump clearly and unequivocally promised to rule as a tyrant if he was elected. All that matters is that the policies Trump campaigned on and promised to deliver are "adverse to the rights of other citizens" and against the "permanent and aggregate interests of the community".
The founding fathers would not have wanted a candidate such as Trump to ascend to the presidency. His attitudes and positions are antithetical to the principles they enshrined within our democracy. His presidency must be blocked on those grounds.
The electoral college electors in 2016 should honor the founding fathers and the ideals which so many have fought and died for. The electors should take a stand against a bully and a self-styled tyrant. The electors should do the right and decent thing. They should dump Donald Trump.
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