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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #45 on: December 07, 2016, 05:16:23 pm »
N.Y. Times throws a lifeline to sinking Hamilton Electors movement

By arodb

Wednesday Dec 07, 2016 · 12:52 PM EST

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If this were to work, if so called "faithless Electors" were to be faithful to the principles of the Constitution, we can avoid the specter of President Trump alone with Mike Flynn, and perhaps his son who tweets of Hillary's pedo phile ring, deciding among themselves the fate of the world.

Hamilton in Federalist 68 saw Electors as preventing one with: "Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, (which) 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 (of Electors), or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. "

Over the last fifty six elections we've never experienced one so brilliantly attuned to popular resentment combined with mastery of the effectiveness of playing the part of a courageous iconoclast - with such rapid-fire fictive calumny that less bombastic media couldn't keep up, nor was the opposition up to the game that was played --- which had little to do choosing the most responsible carrier of the torch of this esteemed position.

This is the exception, the rare event when a chain of accidents requires that those who had become a conduit for the people's choice, revert to what is enshrined in our Constitution. This unique use will not destroy democracy, but preserve it.

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http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/7/1608321/-N-Y-Times-throws-a-lifeline-to-sinking-Hamilton-Electors-movement

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There is a certain dark irony to the fact that a system designed to prevent the people from choosing an unqualified demagogue has resulted in the election of an unqualified demagogue not chosen by the people. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

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The fundamental problem reformers face is that the two Electoral College malfunctions in the past 16 years have both benefitted Republicans. Had John Kerry gotten 150,000 more votes in Ohio in 2004, he would have won the presidency without winning the popular vote, and a sequence in which each party got stiffed in turn might have created the necessary bipartisan consensus to change a bad system. But with one party clearly benefitting from the Electoral College, getting rid of it will be impossible.

In the meantime, the Democrats need to emphasize that Donald Trump was not the people’s choice. Paul Ryan has already claimed a mandate for a radical and deepoly unpopular policy agenda. More people voted for Clinton’s agenda, which should be a good reason for Democrats to unite in opposition to put pressure on wavering Republicans in the Senate. The Democratic Party cannot normalize the Trump administration. Trump’s popular vote loss is a perfect way of illustrating his incompatibility with norms of American governance.

The Electoral College, tilting the playing field in favor of a party increasingly hostile to racial minorities has the regrettable effect of shielding it from reform in the next few years.
But Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump: That is an undisputable and politically significant fact that progressives need to point out to the American public early and often. -- Scott Lemieux

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Ps. 97:11

 

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