Think You Know Why The Electoral College Exists? – You’re Wrong
If you’re anything like millions of Americans, you thought the Electoral College was created to even out the disparity in population between the coasts and rural areas during political campaigns.
It turns out we were wrong. In fact, we weren’t even close.
The Electoral College was in fact created for the exact situation we find ourselves in now.
With a president who is considered temperamentally unfit for the office.
Federalist Paper No.68 & The Electoral College
Federalist Paper No. 68 is an appeal to the public and the Congress to create an adaptation to the popular voting system.
For an overview, The Federalist Papers were described this way:
“The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name “Publius.” The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution.”
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote the majority of the letters, though Hamilton is the one most remembered for them.
They wrote the Federalist Papers as an attempt to back up the core Constitutional principles in the clearest language possible.
In Regard to President-Elect Donald Trump
Federalist Paper No. 68 was meant to be the last line of defense against electing a crazy person to the White House.
In it, Hamilton, wrote:
“The process of election affords 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. 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.”
The above paragraph alone disqualifies Mr. Donald J. Trump from being president because it sums up his abilities and qualifications (or lack thereof) to a tee.
I don’t mind if he goes back to his gold encrusted ivory tower to run his real estate empire. I don’t care if he gets another reality TV show.
I mind that he is running our country and f*cking with decades of hard earned foreign diplomacy and policy making.
For those who voted Trump I say, change for the sake of change is fine when you want to experiment with your wardrobe. It’s unwise and down right dangerous when you’re talking about the presidency.
Hamilton and our founding fathers realized the presidency needed to be protected. The Electoral College is our political fail safe mechanism.
Hamilton’s plan required each state to choose a number of electors equal to the state’s number of senators and representatives in the national government.
Today, there are 100 total senators (two for each state) and 435 total representatives in the House.
Expert & Author Anthony A. Peacock
One of today’s premiere experts on exactly how to read the Federalist Papers is Anthony A. Peacock.
One of his several books just happens to be called How to Read the Federalist Papers.
An original copy of The Federalist Papers in pdf format is freely available at www.gutenberg.org for download or to view online.
Peacock tells us that The Federalist Papers also explain how and why these principles must be upheld today at all costs.
In essence, the Electoral College voters were and still are, the gatekeepers to the presidency.
To date, there have been very few occasions when a faithless elector has voted against their pledge. Electors who vote against their state’s pledge are called faithless electors.
Nowhere in history have the faithless electors changed the final outcome.
The 2016 Electoral College vote is officially cast on December 19.
However, there is a lot of talk regarding the electors exercising their faithless option this year.
I for one am hoping and praying that at least a few of them decide to go rogue.
Even if it doesn’t result in a Trump turnover it will send a strong message about our system and the current president-elect. #NotMyPresident