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Electoral College: Is the Trump presidency at risk?

by John P. Reisman last modified Dec 15, 2016 10:48 PM
Can the Electoral College overturn the popular vote? Is the Trump presidency at risk? Could Hillary Clinton still become president? What did the founding fathers of the US Constitution say about the electoral college? The electors vote on December 19 to decide the presidency. Get informed and spread the news.
Electoral College: Is the Trump presidency at risk?

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Note: The news piece mentions 196 federal cases. A cross check reveals this was a dyslexic moment. The correct reference number is 169 federal cases.

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tarkellyt
tarkellyt says:
Dec 14, 2016 03:30 AM

My question is why would empowering electors to vote differently than their states be better than ditching it all together? I would rather see a popular vote thaving an election followed by the electoral college that can do whatever it wants. I understand that they could prevebt dictators from getting into office, but why even have an election if we are just going to send "independent electors."

For the record, i am a Hillary supporter. I am not dismissing the idea because i want to see Trump in office. I am just curious to what the reasoning is behing preferring independent electors to the popular vote?

In this case, it is not the tyranny of thw majority we are being stuck with. Quite the opposite.

John P. Reisman
John P. Reisman says:
Dec 15, 2016 09:04 PM

Your question is an important one and likely on the minds of many. The founders apparently designed the electoral college to prevent the tyranny of the majority. They were aware that when people are frustrated or frightened, they might vote for the populist rhetoric of a politician like Donald Trump. If we honored the original plan of the framers with the Hamilton Amendment to assure a non-pledged/bound electoral vote, then the system works. With the states pledging and binding electors the system is distorted.

In our current case, yes the situation would have been reversed, but the constitution needs to plan for all cases, not just a single case.

If we went to a populist vote aka, direct democracy, then the risk for demagogues and oligarchs becomes worse. The future will likely b less stable based on the intelligence analysis I have reviewed and thus the risk of reliance on a popular vote increases. Thus it is indicated that our best bet would be the Hamilton Amendment or any similar amendment that would assure independent electors.

Now, that is no assurance I am correct in my assertion, but that is the best analysis I can come up with based on the scope of my analysis of the situation at this point. Since the risk of economic frustration will likely increase mainly due to global warming and the Keynesian economic model reliance by the financial system, we will need to be much more careful in how we handle things in the future. But without the Hamilton amendment, I agree, we are at risk of demagogues like Donald Trump, and more in the future.

achippewa
achippewa says:
Feb 20, 2017 05:42 AM

What if at some point in time a leader comes to office, who's truly for the people? Would it be worth enjoying for only 8 years, or?