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Republican Elector Refuses to Vote For Trump

Seems like even lifelong Republicans can’t stand the idea of the Chump and his mental midgets getting control of the country. This OpEd from a Republican Elector from Texas.

Do the right thing, Electors! Reject the Chumph!

 

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

Image result for no trumpI 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 presidents-elect 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.

I have poured countless hours into serving the party of Lincoln and electing its candidates. I will pour many more into being more faithful to my party than some in its leadership. But I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.

Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander in chief. During the campaign more than 50 Republican former national security officials and foreign policy experts co-signed a letter opposing him. In their words, “he would be a dangerous president.” During the campaign Mr. Trump even said Russia should hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. This encouragement of an illegal act has troubled many members of Congress and troubles me.

Hamilton also reminded us that a president cannot be a demagogue. Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign. He speaks of retribution against his critics. He has surrounded himself with advisers such as Stephen K. Bannon, who claims to be a Leninist and lauds villains and their thirst for power, including Darth Vader. “Rogue One,” the latest “Star Wars” installment, arrives later this month. I am not taking my children to see it to celebrate evil, but to show them that light can overcome it.

Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, has his own checkered past about rules. He installed a secret internet connection in his Pentagon office despite rules to the contrary. Sound familiar?

Finally, Mr. Trump does not understand that the Constitution expressly forbids a president to receive payments or gifts from foreign governments. We have reports that Mr. Trump’s organization has business dealings in Argentina, Bahrain, Taiwan and elsewhere. Mr. Trump could be impeached in his first year given his dismissive responses to financial conflicts of interest. He has played fast and loose with the law for years. He may have violated the Cuban embargo, and there are reports of improprieties involving his foundation and actions he took against minority tenants in New York. Mr. Trump still seems to think that pattern of behavior can continue.

The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.

Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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Hamilton Electors Push Back Against the Chumph

And here you thought the Chumph’s problem was only with the play!

A group of electors is finding it increasingly hard to vote for the Chump, pushing back against his gross incompetence, arrogance, and dangerous ego. They hope to influence enough electors to overturn the “election”.

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Colorado electors plan to challenge state law in bid to derail Donald Trump’s victory

Four of Colorado’s nine Electoral College electors plan to challenge a state law that would prevent a long-shot bid to keep President-elect Donald Trump out of the White House.

Robert Nemanich, of Colorado Springs, said Saturday he and three other electors intend to sue Colorado’s governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state Democratic Party chairman claiming state law requiring electors to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates “who received the highest number of votes at the preceding general election in this state,” is unconstitutional.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won Colorado – and the popular vote nationwide – but lost the election to Trump, who captured the needed Electoral College votes to win the presidency.

The four electors hope that if the law is struck down, Colorado’s electors can join forces with other Democrats pledged to Clinton and disaffected Republicans pledged to Trump to find an alternative Republican acceptable to both sides, Nemanich said.

“There are Republicans and Democrats now willing to look for a solution to Donald Trump (being elected).” he said. “The linchpin comes down to whether there are enough Republicans to join.”

Eight of Colorado’s nine electors have voiced support for the lawsuit, which Nemanich said would be filed Monday.

The plan would require that 270 electors agree to vote for a presidential candidate that was not on the ballot.

If electors pick the candidate they’ve pledged to pick, as they’ve done in past elections, Trump would win the presidency by 37 votes. Because Colorado residents elected Clinton, all of the state’s nine votes would go to the Democratic presidential candidate.

Along with another four electors from Washington trying to stop Trump’s election, Nemanich and the three other electors named as plaintiffs in the suit – former Democratic state Rep. Polly Baca of Denver, Michael Baca of Denver, and Jerad Sutton of Greeley – have been nicknamed the Hamilton Electors after United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. In an installment of the well-known Federalist Papers essay series, Hamilton argued that the Electoral College is meant to serve as a safeguard against electing a candidate who may not be qualified to be president.

“Donald Trump is unfit, immoral and unethical to be the president of the United States,” Nemanich said, later adding that voiding his presidency is about “what’s best for the country.”

Nemanich said former Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain have been considered as possible alternatives because they had already been vetted during their respective 2012 and 2008 presidential runs.

The plan would “ideally” involve electing a Democratic vice president, Nemanich said. A president and vice president from opposing political parties have not been elected in more than 200 years.

It’s just one more unconventional part of the Hamilton Electors’ plan, which could lead to dissatisfaction among American voters if it works, he said.

“There’s no precedent for this,” Nemanich said. “If we’re successful, there’s going to be unrest.”

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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