Elec­toral Col­lege can save us all

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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