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Yes, Hamilton. There IS an Electoral College


Recently, a new organization has cropped up all over the media landscape and they’re getting quite a bit of attention. The group is called Hamilton Electors and they are made up (as far as I can tell) of a tiny handful of members of the Electoral College who are both born without genitalia and devoted to overturning President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory.

A lot of focus from the Left has been painstakingly directed over the torturous and invalid notion that through recountsprotests, and tantrum throwing, butthurt Americans may be able to wake up from the nightmare they experienced on November 8th, 2016 when half of the country collectively told the other half to go fuck themselves.

It is in this fervor, paired with the blind devotion to the over-hyped and over-praised Hamilton: An American Musical, that left-wing ideologues have decided that the founding fathers (namely Alexander Hamilton) set up our current voting system in order to stop future-president Donald Trump, specifically, from taking office.

Let’s set aside the delusional nature of that belief for now, and focus on how ludicrously myopic this interpretation of Alexander Hamilton clearly is.

Hamilton was part of the Constitutional Convention, an interminable series of discussions about the newly founded independent American Colonies and how they should be run. Hamilton was originally in favor of appointing an executive for a lifetime term.

It was in the Federalist Papers number 68 that Hamilton (under a pseudonym, so experts only suspect it was actually him) fleshed out his understanding of an Electoral College being appropriate for American elections. In this argument, he explicitly stated that he saw the Electoral College be made up of distinguished men who would and could be trusted with making sure a suitable and distinguished man become president…sort of as a last line of defense in his mind against democracy run amok, or worse, women getting the vote.

It would be the Electors’ job to represent the people and ensure that the winner of the states’ electoral votes would be voted into office. Like most laws of the land, this process was put into effect mostly to protect slave states. As colonies where plantation farming was plentiful had a much smaller voting population, the forefathers wanted to make sure these industrial states (like South Carolina) were also represented in a presidential election.

To put that in perspective today, American farmland and industrial states would have little-to-no say in the Executive and Judicial branches of government if we relied on the Popular Vote alone to determine elections. Populous cities like NYC, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia would be the most deciding factors for the presidency, effectively re-creating the notion that only the elite upper class and desperate lower class would be tapped to make their voices heard. 80-90% of the United States would not have an invitation to the table.

This is the folly of those who seek to abolish the Electoral College. Theoretically, in our current sociopolitical climate, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that it may be unlikely that a conservative/Republican candidate may ever win the Popular Vote again. The media works to tarnish the reputations of conservatives and Republicans, and the Democrats attempt to weaken regulations that restrict voter fraud, creating easier access to the polls for millions of Democrat-inclined parties to vote illegally.

To put that into further perspective: California is a Blue State, usually counted for the Democratic candidate before votes are even counted. California went to Hillary Clinton with more votes than any other state, giving her over 8 Million votes. Currently, Clinton leads the Popular Vote by about 2.5 Million Votes. No individual state would even come close to those margins. An election where a majority of the populations of any of these blue states voted would crush a Republican candidate, hands down.

In this case, however, we have the Electoral College siting Alexander Hamilton in order to take a stand against Donald Trump–because despite an against-the-odds victory and obvious attempts to reach out to both friend and foe for guidance and support–they see him as unfit for office.

Other than being a gentlemen of distinguished character, Hamilton offers very few other requirements of the President of the United States. He also seems generally dismissive of the notion that such a reprehensible being would even make it far enough to become President; and if he should, he probably wasn’t as reprehensible as people thought. Hamilton essentially assured a fail-safe system with the Electoral College, but also implied that because of the nature of American men, it would be inconceivable for the Electoral College to ever have to utilize such a thing.

The main deciding factor in Hamilton’s critique of a future “unfit” president was an individual who may have allegiances with foreign powers over his devotion to America…a warning both against tyranny of foreign governments, and globalism.

Hamilton makes one more point, which wraps this all up very nicely. He describes his requirements for traits of the “men” who should be chosen as Electors.

  1. They must only meet within their own states. This is to prevent collusion on the part of electors so they may not band together to overthrow a democratic election. Strike ONE for having a website called “Hamilton Electors” where electors may collude to vote against the President-Elect.
  2. No electors may hold positions within the government. We’ll give this one a pass for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised by foul play here.
  3. No electors who have “too great devotion for the President in office.” Clearly a strike for the Hamilton Electors here, but we’d have to clarify what this means. Surely they don’t have to hate Obama to be electors, but they must also not be champions of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party. Their website maintains their mission to instead elect a different Republican. But I don’t buy it. No self-respecting Republican would tarnish their reputation by accepting this treasonous offer.

And it would be tantamount to treason. At this point, the only saving grace we have as either Protestors, Trump Supporters, or just concerned citizens is that these naive and self-important delusional schmucks will not make a dent in the numbers to overturn or challenge this election. Because doing so could potentially be an act of war, and I don’t foresee any of these Electoral College Lin-Manuel Miranda cucks doing much more than fashioning their soiled tighty-whities into a makeshift banner of surrender.


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