Electors: Exercise Your Constitutional Duty to Protect Our Democracy
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The Electoral College system was created by our founding father’s to safeguard our democracy by creating a fully independent role for electors and ensure that they would not beholden to presidential candidates or political parties. As Alexander Hamilton, the founding father who explained the purpose of our constitutional elector system in the Federalist Papers #68, the electors were specifically created to use their independent judgment to act as a circuit breaker against exactly the sort of system rigging, foreign intrigue, and demagoguery that has brought Donald Trump to power.
Trump’s unwillingness to fully divest from, or even divulge, in his tax returns, his many foreign assets and secret foreign loans would make him the most corruptible, inscrutable, constitution-defying American president in history. Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution stipulates that no federal office holder can receive compensation from foreign governments. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated through his actions that he is willing to betray the public trust to expand his personal wealth.
Donald Trump has refused to sell his foreign business holdings before taking office, even after Richard Painter, George W. Bush’s Chief Ethics counsel, stated on CNN that, “I don’t think the electoral college can vote for someone to become president if he’s going to be in violation of the Constitution on day one and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation.”
As Hamilton wrote in describing the electors’ purpose, their independent voting power exists to provide, “a moral certainty, 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… by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.”
In his reckless disregard for our Constitution, diplomatic norms, standard business ethics, transparency protocols, moral practices and conflict of interest standards, Trump has proven himself imminently unqualified to be the President of the United States.
The magnificent United States Constitution had the foresight to provide citizens with the powerful safeguard of a fully independent elector system. Its clearly expressed purpose is to protect our democracy against demagogues, despots, corruption and the influence of foreign governments.
The future of our democracy may depend upon the willingness of at least 37 electors to exercise this power, and this obligation, by voting with their conscience, and not with Donald Trump, on December 19th. Already, one patriotic Republican Texas elector has, in this eloquent public commentary, called on fellow electors to “do their job” and join him in voting for an “honorable and qualified” alternative. The alternative best suited and most likely to win sufficient elector support from both Democratic and Republican is Mitt Romney. Romney is a proven Constitution-abiding leader who received a higher percentage of the popular vote when he lost to Obama in 2012 than Trump receive in last month's election.
I urge the federal electors who are meeting in their respective states on December 19th to read this article about their true constitutional power—and responsibility—and to then uphold the public trust and preserve our great democracy by voting for someone other than Donald Trump for President.
On behalf of myself and hundreds of millions of my fellow Americans, I urge the family members and friends who are in a position to influence the electors to help raise their awareness of the need to make this conscientious choice.
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