Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Republican Electoral College

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The Electoral College was designed to prevent a demagogue from becoming POTUS.  The ‘Electors’ are not supposed to ‘rubber-stamp’ the popular vote…rather, to take their responsibility gravely by analyzing and deliberating on behalf of the best interests of our country’s health and future as well as for ALL citizens. The Republican Electoral College will be voting December 19th.  It is imperative that every citizen demand that these ‘Electors’ fully consider…with eyes and ears wide open and intellect intact… the danger that this president-elect poses to our country.  Your state has 29 Electoral votes.  Please call, write and voice your support that the Republican Electoral College not ratify this presidential election.

 

Open Letter to Republican Electoral College

Alexander Hamilton’s The Federalist papers No.68 describes the ‘mode of electing the President of the United States’.  Hamilton advocates for the establishment of the Electoral College “… Men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station (of President) and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation”.  Electors are given the grave responsibility to deliberate and analyze, on behalf of the people, the most qualified candidate based on intelligence, temperament, moral code of conduct and demonstrated civic contributions to this country.

Hamilton worried that a ‘corrupted’ individual could, particularly those who are either more directly associated with a foreign state, or who do not have the capacity to run the country, be placed in the position of chief executive.

“Talents for low intrigue and the little acts of popularity may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors…, but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole union.”  Hamilton warned “…every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches…,

but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?”  This foreseeable situation that Hamilton describes is our country’s currant dilemma with the president-elect and his minions.  

 

Jeffery Lang

La Conner, WA.


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