In the early years of our Republic, Alexander Hamilton wrote into The Federalist Papers the very reason the Electoral College is to exist. Federalist 68 was written to make sure that whoever is to take the role of the presidency is fit for that role.
HamiltonElectors.com explains the job of the Electors well:
“We are a group founded by several members of the Electoral College dedicated to support Hamilton’s vision that members of the Electoral College should be free to vote their conscience for the good of America. We believe that Hamilton had somebody very much like Donald Trump in mind when he charged Electors in Federalist 68 with safeguarding the office of the presidency.”
However, a vote of conscience and for the good of not only the nation but the world doesn’t come cheap. There is a $1,000 fine for these “faithless electors” but electors who are doing exactly what they are meant to do when the Electoral College was designed.
Well, in a very long post pleading his case to Electors, award-winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore also offers to pay the fine of $1,000 that is incurred.
Moore wrote on Facebook:
1. Although it may ultimately have to be decided by the courts, right now you have the duty to do what you feel is right. One reason the founders set up the Electoral College was to make sure there was one final protection should someone who is a danger to the country slip through. We’ve established the national security danger that is Donald Trump and the possibility he had knowledge of the Russians hacking our election while it was taking place. If I were an elector for Hillary and learned she MIGHT have received helped from the Russians or the North Koreans or the Saudis, how do you think I’d be voting tomorrow? I assure you, it would not be for Hillary. You need to do the same thing.
2. But some states have made it “illegal” for you to vote any other way than for Trump. If you don’t vote for him, your state will fine you $1,000. So here’s my offer to you: I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up pay your fine which is my legal right to do.
3. If you are still worried about the legality of you voting your conscience and would like free legal advice and help, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has offered to be your lawyer. Contact him at: http://www.electorstrust.org/
It is the job of Electors to do right by the country, and Monday, December 19, 2016, is their moment to fulfill their job to the fullest extent as prescribed. Donald Trump is unfit for the office of the presidency and is a threat to not only our Republic but global diplomacy.
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