Only Slightly O/T: This Is A NYT/Hamiltonian Quite-Worthy Read…

This could well be more meaningful than the efforts in Wisconsin. This is a GOP elector — ready to encourage a re-polling at the college meeting on December 19, 2016. Just as Alexander Hamilton had envisioned — in times like these.

I will quote the barest part — but do go read it all:

. . . .I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. . . . I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office. . . .

The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him. . . .

Hamilton also reminded us that a president cannot be a demagogue. Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign. He speaks of retribution against his critics. . . .

The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. . . .

Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again. . . .

In the end, it may not matter, but I do support this voice as one of reason — as one that echoes Mr. Hamilton’s thoughts. And those of Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Franklin. We should all take heed — and the electors should. . . take a pause.

नमस्ते

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