Mes­sage to elec­tors: Trump won

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Re: L. Grant Shideler, Reece Bell,

“Elec­tors’ in­junc­tion re­quest de­nied,” Dec. 13 news story.

I’m not a Don­ald Trump fan, but I learned long ago elec­tions have win­ners and losers — duh! Nurs­ing bit­ter­ness of loss is fruit­less and stressful. If your can­di­date loses, you suck it up and get on with your life.

There are peo­ple who dis­agree. Colorado Demo­cratic elec­tors Polly Baca and Robert Ne­manich, for ex­am­ple, have prob­a­bly for­got­ten their high school govern­ment and civics classes. They cav­a­lierly ab­ro­gate the im­por­tance of the Elec­toral Col­lege and why it ex­ists.

They plea their “con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected” de­sire to shift their al­le­giance and “vote their con­science” in de­feat­ing Trump. U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Daniel stated their be­hav­ior “would un­der­mine the elec­toral process.” Don’t I have con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions from Elec­toral Col­lege mem­bers who vote their own will, rather than the col­lec­tive will of Colorado vot­ers? BBB “The Elec­toral Col­lege should be un­faith­ful,” Dec. 8 Kath­leen Parker col­umn.

The Hamil­ton Elec­tors’ move­ment is too dras­tic; we should in­stead fo­cus on fu­ture pre­ven­tion of an elec­tion like this. The root prob­lem of this elec­tion was not Don­ald Trump him­self, it was the sys­tem which elected a can­di­date who had less than half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple’s vote. Re­gard­less, dis­hon­or­ing our vot­ing sys­tem would be un­con­sti­tu­tional and put the va­lid­ity of all our po­lit­i­cal sys­tems at risk. If we break one rule, what is stop­ping us from break­ing them all? Im­peach­ment is a vi­able op­tion for aber­ra­tions in of­fice, but we can­not pun­ish Trump or his sup­port­ers for his vic­tory in this elec­tion. We must ac­cept the re­sults and fo­cus on a fu­ture amend­ment to the un­bal­anced Elec­toral Col­lege vot­ing sys­tem. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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