The Role of the Electoral College is to Prevent Men Like Trump from Presidency

To the Members of the Electoral College,

You have been granted perhaps the most powerful one-time responsibility of any citizen not elected to office. I implore you to execute your job with the thoughtful care that our great country deserves.

Alexander Hamilton wrote the Federalist papers No. 68 to argue why the electoral college was necessary. He wrote that “ The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union.” He was talking about men that should never be given the office of Presidency. He was talking about men such as Donald Trump.

Hamilton continued to write that The Electors are to be people “most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.” They should “possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.” Your job, as written by the designer of the electoral college, is to prevent men like Donald Trump from ascension to the highest office. You have a grave, difficult choice to make. I do not envy you. I can arm you with some facts that you are probably well aware of, such as:

  • Donald Trump has never held a public office or served in a military post in his seventy years. He has never even applied for a job. This is unprecedented for the office he now wishes to hold. He is dangerously inexperienced to be President and Commander-in-Chief.
  • Donald Trump has openly mocked disabled folks, championed a platform in which he would ban an entire religion from entering the country, has openly bragged about assaulting women, has not released any tax returns to prove financial ties free from influence and corruption, and has made a swath of racist, bigoted, and hateful comments in recent months.
  • Every major newspaper, including the Arizona Republic and the Alabama Media Group, endorsed Hillary Clinton, along with scathing warnings of voting for Donald Trump. It was the first time a newspaper in Alabama or the Arizona Republic had not endorsed a conservative candidate. The first sentence of the Alabama endorsement was “ Donald Trump must not be president.”

Many people may point out that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and should be elected in to office. Regardless, a popular vote winner should be held the the same standards of any candidate being examined and investigated by the E.C. It is not your job to blindly pass a vote from the public to the House of Representatives. It is your job to perform the “complicated investigations,” and then vote, as Hamilton said. Your job is necessary to prevent disaster.

I propose a few options for the Republican Electoral College voters:

  • Do not vote. If 52 abstain, Donald Trump will not be president.
  • Write in a candidate of your choosing. For example, Mitt Romney ran an excellent campaign against Obama in 2012. He was the Republican nominee, and was held under the scrutiny of journalists and the public for a sufficient time to be a known entity.
  • Meet among yourselves to deliberate, debate, and come to another agreement.

I beseech you to execute your job with the exact thoughtfulness of its design, and keep a dangerous man from Presidency.


Dimitry Yakoushkin

Fellow citizen of the United States of America