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The Republic Is On The Edge. Here’s The Constitutional Reason Electors Must Reject Donald Trump

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The Republic Is On The Edge. Here’s The Constitutional Reason Electors Must Reject Donald Trump

Today, the Electoral College will cast its votes, either confirming or rejecting the election of Donald Trump as president. But will the electors consider what the founding fathers said about their responsibility to preserve the republic?

Many people are reacting to the rise of Trumpism and the white supremacist movements in America by reading history — specifically, the history of the 1930s. And they are right to do so. It takes willful blindness not to see the parallels between the rise of fascism and our current political nightmare.

History tells us that Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.

The Electoral College was written into Article 2 of the Constitution to protect America from Tyranny, as a compromise between those who wanted Congress to choose the president and those who believed the popular vote should decide. On Election Day, registered voters are actually casting ballots to help determine electors for each state, not the president.

Now, with the American democracy in the edge, will the electors choose to protect the republic from tyranny?

If they consider the Founding Father’s purpose for creating the Electoral College, they will reject Donald Trump –a man whose reckless action’s have proven day after day that he’s unfit to be president and a danger to American democracy.

“The process of election afford 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.” — Alexander Hamilton.

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