Letter to the editor: Electoral College should say ‘No’
According to a Nov. 21 article in The Atlantic, the Electoral College was created so that “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not … endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The author writes: “The electors, Hamilton believed, would prevent someone with ‘talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity’ from becoming president. And they would combat ‘the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.’ They would prevent America’s adversaries from meddling in its elections.”
In other words, the founders created the Electoral College to prevent the election of someone like Donald Trump.
Go online to tinyurl.com/jramxaf for a clear and informed discussion of the issue.
I urge the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump as president because his opponent won the popular vote by over 2 million votes; and because Russia, false news stories, district gerrymandering, and the FBI interfered with the election. I urge the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump because he has made it clear that he holds women, Muslims, Mexicans, the environment, a balanced Supreme Court, science, and anyone who disagrees with him in low regard. Although I understand the appeal of someone who promises to return us to a time that, in retrospect, may seem idyllic, but he simply does not have the requisite qualifications to be President. His record of fraud alone is enough to disqualify him.
The Founders had the wisdom to build a safety value into our election system. The Presidential Election of 2016 is what it was designed to address. Go here to sign a petition to this end: tinyurl.com/jgsd6re.
Harry Chaucer, New Haven
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