Fresh off their success of convincing their fellow citizens to elect Hillary Clinton President of these United States, Hollywood celebrities are attempting to convince Republican members of the Electoral College to betray the people of their states and not vote for Donald Trump when the Electoral College meets on December 19. This is hilarious for several reasons:
- It isn’t going to happen. Only one Republican elector has indicated he is not voting for Trump. With a 36 vote cushion Trump is safe.
- If Trump did not get 270 in the Electoral College, the presidential election would go to the House with each state having one vote. Republicans control most state delegations and they would vote for Trump. The Vice-Presidential election would go to the Senate where Pence would be elected.
- If the impossible happened and 37 Republican electors switched their votes and gave the election to Clinton, we would have the greatest Constitutional crisis since 1861 on our hands and quite possibly Civil War II.
- Liberals are now carrying out an attempt to subvert the results of the election, precisely what they said Trump would do if he had lost.
- These liberal celebrities are attempting to convince people they have spent their adult lives despising: Republicans.
- Liberals are fond of quoting Federalist 68 on the Electoral College by Alexander Hamilton and claim that Trump is the demagogue that Hamilton was concerned about. They do not quote this passage: The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent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. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, 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. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue. And this will be thought no inconsiderable recommendation of the Constitution, by those who are able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration. Though we cannot acquiesce in the political heresy of the poet who says: “For forms of government let fools contest That which is best administered is best,” yet we may safely pronounce, that the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration. The Electoral College has its virtues, but this passage indicates that in this Hamilton was a poor prophet, as I am sure Hamilton would have agreed after his hated rival Jefferson was elected President by the House, with Hamilton’s very reluctant support in preference to the detestable Aaron Burr.
- Liberals are currently simultaneously lauding the Electoral College as the safeguard of the Republic while calling for its abolition.
- One would love to test each of the liberal celebrities on their knowledge of the mechanics of the Electoral College under the Constitution.