It would take 37 “faithless electors” to change the outcome of the electoral college results giving the Presidency to Donald Trump.
So far, Leftist activists have convinced a total of six.
Of course, none of this really matters. If Democrats and other so-called progressives were able to convince the other 32 electors, effecting a tie, the House of Representatives – controlled by Republicans – would get to make the choice.
By the latest count, Hillary Clinton is 1.7 million votes ahead of Trump in the popular vote –but anybody who took a high school civics class (you did, didn’t you) recall that American’s don’t directly elect the president. The founding fathers were terrified of a “tyranny of the majority” and set up the electoral college as a check on the rights of minority interests and smaller states.
Many states have rules against “faithless electors (something the Founding Fathers would hate, by the way), but states like Arizona, Idaho, Michigan and Georgia do not. And electors from those states are getting thousands of calls from across the country urging them to change their vote from “Trump” to “Clinton,” The Daily Mail is reporting.
“It is total harassment,” Robert Graham, an elector and chairman of the Arizona State Republican Party, told the Arizona Republic. “It started about a week ago. Now? ‘Bam!’ It’s hardcore.”
Arizona elector Saron Geise estimates that she has received as many as 8,000 calls and says she has stopped picking up altogether.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill that would do away with the Electoral College altogether. Of course, it’s not going anywhere. It would require changing the Constitution and since that requires two-thirds of both houses of Congress and three-quarters of all states, it simply isn’t going to happen
The founding fathers created the Electoral College thinking the small group would act as a buffer against the people.
Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist #68 that the small group would ensure “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.”
Those words “any man who is not in eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” are being used by Leftists to oppose Trump. They argue the electors are doing their patriotic duty by denying Donald Trump the presidency.
The electors will meet in their respective state capitols on Dec. 19 and cast their ballots. They will be counted in Congress on Jan. 6.
Then it will be over, Donald Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20, and we can move on to the business at hand.
And all of this hand-wringing and whining can end, at least until next election’s sore losers start the moot process all over again.
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