Believe It or Not, There’s a Silver Lining in the Electoral College Controversy

When the Electoral College meets Monday, Donald Trump will be confirmed as president without much drama and despite the threats of so-called faithless electors.

They call themselves “Hamilton Electors.” “They” are a couple of dissident Republicans, Michael Baca of Colorado and Bret Chiafalo of Washington, and a D.C. public relations firm.

The “electors” are a mostly theoretical set of Republicans who would defect from Trump to deny the president-elect the 270 votes he needs to take the oath of office next month.

“Hamilton” is, of course, Alexander Hamilton – founding father, “bastard brat of a Scotch peddler,” toast of Broadway and, most relevant to our discussion, author of Federalist 68.

The Federalist Papers, as they’re commonly known, are a collection of 85 newspaper editorials authored in 1787 and 1788 by Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay using the pseudonym “Publius,” making the case to ratify the Constitution we know and mostly love today.

Remember, the U.S. is not a democracy, strictly speaking. We’re a republic. We have a Constitution written to keep the worst popular political impulses in check.…

The “Hamilton Electors” claim Trump is just the sort of low man the Founders wanted to guard against. But their case is thin, and their remedy would do far more violence to the constitutional government they claim to revere than simply letting the process run its usual course.

Besides, these guys would need a miracle.

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee.

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including City Journal, Investor's Business Daily, and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

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4 responses to “Believe It or Not, There’s a Silver Lining in the Electoral College Controversy”

  1. You have stated the case perfectly, but I’m a new aficionado of things conservative, so am looking for some pop. Just kidding! I love this site and read it daily, and also print out the good stuff so my boon companion can read it later, at her leisure. Thanks for your efforts. Happy Days Are Here Again! HDAHA

  2. LOL. When they get themselves a logo, they stop being a “movement” and officially become just a bunch of low-rent wackos.

  3. We’re a republic. We have a Constitution written to keep the worst popular political impulses in check.…

    That’s a widespread misconception, but still a misconception. The Constitution was not written “to keep the worst popular impulses in check.”

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

    The other Founders were equally clear that the people, far from being a danger to be guarded against, were the final safeguard of the republic.

    “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”- John Adams,

    • The quotes you chose reinforce the author’s contention that “we have a Constitution written to keep the worst popular impulses in check”. Using the Founders’ own words to try and make make an argument opposite of what they mean is a bootless enterprise. In the Federalist Papers “Publius” made the case for a constitutional Republic as the best way to reconcile a dilemma: the only just government was one by and for the people; a moral people were the only sort qualified to run a just government. But what to do about unchecked human nature? Our Constitution, buttressed by the explication of the Federalist Papers, gave us the gift of a representative Republic with its inherent checks and balances, to this day the most effective way ever devised to restrain the inevitable immoral impulses of human nature and insure a just and peaceful society.