Thought you would be interested in knowing about a significant lat-ditch effort to dump Trump inside the Electoral College--throw the baby out and keep the bathwater. (Possible guests?...)
This is from hamiltonelectors.com, a site where at least two Electors are mounting a campaign to persuade colleagues to use the College as intended:
"The process of [the Electoral College] 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."
~ Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers #68
"HamiltonElectors are patriots participating in the electoral process who believe that Presidential Electors are responsible for safeguarding our nation’s futureand ensuring that the next President is the best person for the job. As Electors, we honor Alexander Hamilton’s vision that the Electoral College should act as a Constitutional failsafe against those lacking requisite qualifications, ability, and virtue from becoming President. Guided by the Framers’ original intent, we’re compelled this year to do our job as Electors, to put party aside, and to put America first. So we are encouraging Electors from both red and blue states to answer the Founding Fathers’ call, deliberate, and unite behind an alternative Republican Candidate: the Hamilton Candidate. Americans of all political persuasions are invited to join us and show their support online, in their communities, and at their statehouse on December 19 when the Electoral College officially meets."
This site and a Facebook page has been lanched by two Democratic elcectors. Even if they to garner 270 votes, it would require just 37 Republicacans to vote for any other candidate to move the matter to the House. While it's a Hail Mary for sure, the Hamilton arguement might be sufficient to give many electors who are already inclined to dump Trump permission to stand on principle and use the process as intended. Never mind the anti-Democratic history and practices of the College. For now, throwing the baby out while keeping the bathwater feels like a strategic win within the bigger picture; though, if the political shock were to abolish the College, that would certainly advance the cause of forming a more perfect government!
Evidentially electors are being swamped with emails and phone calls by action committees like the one I'm associated with, the North Coast Peoples Alliance, which is located Northern California , and created to support Bernie and the political revolution. In addition to contacting Electors, we have a group writing letters to editors.
On the other hand Thom Hartmann and many others are taking the position that the College is made up of party insiders who won't dare get out of line. But I would argue it's just because they are insiders that they have so strongly opposed the outsider. Surely many inside the Republican establishment haven't completely lost their minds?
But perhaps they're able to normalize Trump despite the evidence. Have they actually been able to shift their perception based on a desire to normalize Trump? If so, they're probably not going to be happy with the reality they co-create.
But, unless something changes we are watching the rise of a friendly fascism that parallels events in Italy and Germany.
Actually what we are looking at is what some are calling the rise of "inverted fascism"; instead of the government taking over our economic system, it's the economic system taking over our government. Which is perhaps the winning promise that seals the deal for the 1%.
Still, the number is just 38!
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