Monday, December 5, 2016



This story had been breaking for days, but I have considered the sources suspect.  But now with the NYT's verifying a key part, i am going with the story.

An OPED in the NYT's is a powerful message.  Republican and Democratic Electors are now officially working together to deny Donald Trump the 270 Electoral College Votes, so as to throw the election into the House of Representatives.  The message is to have Republicans and Democrats alike in the Electoral College to vote for John Kasich, as a compromise president.  They just need to get Trump down to 269 votes.

The argument is compelling.  A growing number of scholars are arguing the Electoral College was created to keep the people from electing an unfit person to be president.  The role of the people has changed, but the concept is the same.

Had ths OPED appeared in the Dallas Morning News, I would have  dismissed it.  But it appeared in the NYT's.  I have no idea what will happen.  Just Ohio flipping on Trump could send his election into a tailspin.  No matter what happens Trump could end up entering the White House not liked by Democrats and Republicans.

Will this OPED get enough Electors to think about their vote?


"DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.
Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.
George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.
Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.
This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame Sept. 11.
The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him."
k for NYT OPED

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