Open Letter to U.S. Electoral College

Dear Electors,

My name is Jeff White and I am from the Huntsville, AL area.

First of all I would like to thank you for your willingness to perform your constitutional duty during such a contentious election. I am confident that you will exercise this solemn responsibility on December 19th with careful consideration of all relevant facts, the “sense of the people”, and the counsel of your own conscience. Your fellow citizens value your judgment.

In service of this I would implore you to ask Congress to appropriately disclose to you all information regarding Russian interference in our election. As you know our Founding Fathers were cautious to defend our nation against “the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” Public information indicates that the political process has not “guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention.” Instead partisanship has compromised this directive in the name of power while exposing the sordid underbelly of our political process to our adversaries. You as electors are our last line of defense against this potential subversion of our Constitution. We the people rely on you to ensure that Russia has not installed “a creature of their own” at the head of our government.

There is also the question of President-elect Trump’s qualifications for the job of President. It is doubtful that anyone can say with “moral certainty” that he is “in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” His public statements demonstrate the lack of a fundamental understanding of our Bill of Rights (particularly Amendments I, IV, and V). His disdain for the responsibilities of the office, lack of self-control in dealings with the public, and his superficial understanding of the issues are frightening to me and to many others. It is the moral responsibility of the Electoral College to ensure that whoever holds the office of President has the proper qualifications to carry out the job in a manner consistent with our Constitution.

Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” President-elect Trump’s past history is a matter of public record and is not exactly “preeminent for ability and virtue.” Given his quid pro quo Cabinet assignments, dismissal of the findings of our intelligence agencies, negative treatment of the press and the public, and compromises from foreign business entanglements we can easily predict how his character will be made manifest in the Oval Office.

As I write this letter Hillary Clinton has almost a 2.9 million vote lead so the “sense of the people” is clear in this matter. The majority of Americans chose Clinton to be our President. While we are a republic and not a democracy that margin is significant and should factor into the decisions of all electors. I ask for you to consider all the facts and vote your conscience. If your conscience will not allow you to cast your vote for Clinton then please consider voting for a qualified, sensible, and honorable conservative instead of Trump.

Thank you for your time and your service.