By the time you read this blog, electors will be meeting in their respective states to vote for the President of the United States. The good news is the electoral vote means the end of the 2016 campaign. The bad news is electors will be choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
To that end, Clinton supporters are attempting to appeal to Trump electors’ patriotism by persuading them Trump is too dangerous to be President. (Ambassador Chris Stevens was unavailable to speak on Hillary’s dangerousness because, well, he’s dead and all.) To do this, the Left is invoking a portion of The Federalist Papers written by Alexander Hamilton that suggests it is their duty to vote against Trump.
So, do they have a point, other than the ones on their heads? Let’s find out.
What the Left believes it means – electors who must be persuaded not to vote for Donald Trump, thus preventing him from becoming President
What it really means – a last ditch effort to give an unqualified candidate the Presidency
Before we get into the whys, we need to understand the thinking behind the Hamilton electors. According to them, they derive inspiration from Federalist 68, which they say disqualifies Trump from becoming President. After reading it in greater detail, the points the Hamilton electors raise are at least somewhat persuasive.
Here are their qualms about Trump, from their website.
What were 3 tests that the Founding Fathers used to judge the “fitness” of a President?
Election of a Qualified Person: As Hamilton stated [in Federalist Papers 68], the purpose was to ensure 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.”
Preventing Election of a Demagogue or Charlatan: The Founders did not want a person who would play on public fears and temporary passion to hold the office. Hamilton again: “Talent for low intrigue…may alone suffice to elect a man… but it will require other talents and merit to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union.”
Preventing Election of a President under Foreign Influence: The Founders feared attempts by other countries to orchestrate the election of a person under their influence. The Founders believed, as Hamilton put it, that the decentralized, layered electoral college guarded against foreign nations “…raising a creature of their own to the chief magistry” of the United States.
Now, here’s the funny part. Every knock they make against Trump can also apply to…Hillary Clinton. Let’s review the facts, shall we?
Although Hillary Clinton spent 8 years living in the White House, that doesn’t make her qualified to be President. I’ve lived in my house for 3 and half years, but that doesn’t make me qualified to run a mortgage company. Well, maybe Wells Fargo, but beyond that, no. As First Lady, Hillary did…nothing. She tried to create a healthcare system, but failed. Her failures continued into her roles as Senator and Secretary of State. Holding an office doesn’t equate into accomplishments in said office. You actually have to, you know, accomplish something.
Then, there’s the “talent for low intrigue”, which is pretty much the Clinton M.O. since, oh, ever. However, Hillary’s talent isn’t as well developed as she thinks it is. Email scandal, anyone? Clinton Foundation? The rigging of the Democrat nomination? It’s almost like Hillary was an unpopular, dishonest, and utterly corrupt politician!
And while we’re here, I seem to remember a certain candidate who called a large chunk of the electorate “deplorables.” Damn that Donald Tru…uh, that was Hillary. Or maybe I was thinking of the time Trump said his greatest enemies were Democra…ah, that was Hillary, too. The only way Hillary is in the clear is playing on the temporary passion of the people. I’ve seen more passion in coma wards than at Hillary rallies.
Preventing foreign influence is a valid concern, but one has to look at the Clinton Foundation books to see…Hillary has taken cash from foreign countries as a means to peddle influence. Even with Trump’s connections to Russia (some of which are so poorly sourced, it makes Vox look like Solomon), one cannot ignore the other side of the political ledger.
But to hear the Hamilton electors describe it, only Trump is the problem. I’m sure it’s just an oversight because we all know the Hamilton electors are completely bipartisan. They say so!
Here’s the problem with their idea. The Constitution states if no Presidential candidate gets a majority of the vote, the House of Representatives votes for President, and the Senate votes for Vice-President. Hmmm…now, which party controls both houses of Congress? Why, it’s…the Republican Party! And it’s not like they can choose whomever they want, either. They have to choose among the three candidates who got the most votes.
Can you say “exercise in futility” boys and girls? I knew you could.
This leads to the question of why the Hamilton electors would do something that will ultimately fail. Aside from being dumber than a bag of hammers, it’s to undercut Trump, a candidate they never thought would be President. They literally cannot bring themselves to admit Hillary was a flawed candidate, so instead of sucking it up, they’re attempting to use Alexander Hamilton to justify their actions.
For as serious as they claim to be about preserving the Constitution, they’re ignoring the process to play favorites.
And here’s the best part. These folks are predicting gloom and doom before Trump has even done anything as President. And some of these folks are already pushing for Trump to be impeached right now…before he’s even won the Presidency under the Constitution. Granted, no one ever said the Hamilton electors were as smart as they claim, but the point remains. These folks aren’t doing anything heroic, justifiable, or patriotic.
They’re just being self-righteous asshats.