Electoral College can save us all
FROM: JAMES W. FEE JR. ELKTON
I’m writing today because I am extremely concerned about the hatred and divisiveness that Donald Trump has brought to our country. I believe the man got himself elected by inventing an enemy (in Trump’s case Muslimslims and Mexicans) and uniting the people against them. I do not believe it was ever the intent of the Founding Fathers to have anyone rise to the office of president in this manner.
There are calls throughout the country, via social media, to eliminate the Electoral College because Clinton did, in fact, win the popular vote. I don’t think that’s the answer and I’m writing to you in hopes that it will get your readership to thinking about the original purpose of the Electoral College.
As Alexander Hamilton writes in “The Federalist Papers,” the Constitution is designed to ensure “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.” The point of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
I believe that instead of condemning the Electoral College as an antiquated piece of baggage left over from a distant time past, we should embrace it. I believe we should all call upon the Electoral College to recognize that Donald Trump is a threat to our nation, and to the world, and to save us all from ourselves.