Suck it Up, Electoral College: Do the Right Thing

Our Founding Fathers were not stupid. They knew that it was entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that voters  at some point would put a person in the White House who was totally unsuited to lead the country. (In 2016 , not even a majority of voters voted for winning candidate.) That is why they came up with the idea of an Electoral College, which was set up to be a deliberative body to review the election results and approve the winner if the president-elect did not present a serious and dire threat to the United States.

That time has now arrived. The president-elect is totally unsuited to hold this office and represents a serious and dire threat to our country and to the world.

There were many who admitted that Trump  was outrageous and irresponsible during the campaign but argued that he would mellow  if he were elected  and would make an effort to be presidential. He would move toward the center.  Some of my Republican friends have suggested he would turn out to be another Eisenhower. Aside from a comment or two here and there about not locking up Hillary, Obama being an ok guy, and wanting to bring our country back together again, he has confirmed–even exceeded–the fears of many, if not most, of the voters who did not vote for him. He is a disaster.  Let’s review what he has done since the election:

His cabinet appointments–with one or two exceptions–are the worst in history. For the most part they are extremists and people with an agenda centered on rolling back anything and everything even remotely progressive.

His Chief Strategist is a Nazi sympathizer and a champion of  the alt-right.

His Labor Secretary is fiercely anti labor and anti worker, notorious for taking advantage of his workers at Hardees.

His Commerce Secretary has an ax to grind with China and has promised tariffs,  which according to economists would lead to higher prices at Walmart (and most everywhere else) and trade wars.

His Homeland Security appointee is anti immigrant and supposedly wants all the eleven million illegal immigrants out including the children protected under Obama’s American Dream action.

His National Security Advisor is avidly anti Muslim and makes little distinction between ordinary Muslims and extremists. It is akin to saying members of the Ku Klux Klan are legitimate Christians. He is also one of the perpetrators of the Pizzagate, the fake news story that motivated the maverick vigilante who armed with an assault weapon entered Comet Ping Pong Pizza in search of a non-existent, child sex ring run by Hillary.

His Attorney General has been a lifelong opponent of civil rights.

His Secretary of Education is anti public schools and advocate of taking massive amounts of money away from traditional public schools to be used for vouchers and charter schools.

His Secretary of HUD is anti “handouts” and is already threatening to roll back these programs, which could include public housing and Housing Choice Vouchers, the two principle programs standing between the very poor and homelessness.

He has already appointed two Goldman Sachs executives to major positions. Their mantra is likely to be more tax breaks for the rich and a roll back of regulations affecting big business.

Several of his appointees are multi billionaires, hardly the kind of people who are going to stand up for the little guy.

He has appointed three generals, all with distinguished military records but all apparently leaning toward guns over butter, suggesting we could be inching closer to another Cold War. At last one general wants to revoke the Iran nuclear deal.

The Secretary of Human Services is fanatically anti Obama Care and has promised to kill it without articulating an alternative that makes any sense.

His EPA head is a climate denier who has pledged to roll back environmental regulations and get the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal.

His anticipated Secretary of State, the head of Exxon Mobile, has a long history of doing business in Russia and being a friend of Putin.

He continues to tweet and say all sorts of outlandish things such as that he really won the popular vote due to massive voter fraud, that his win is unprecedented, and that he has a mandate to do whatever he wants.

He continues to be a bully, last week going after a local labor leader in Indiana who had the gall to question how many jobs were actually saved at Carrier.

He has upset Asian relations by talking to the  president of  Taiwan.

He continues to take victory laps in states that he won using the same inflammatory rhetoric that got him elected.

According to the Washington Post, the Energy Department has been ordered to provide the names of all  officials who have attended conferences on global warming or climate control. A friend of mine at the Energy Department confirmed this and said that everyone was terrified with many looking for new jobs in the private sector.

He has refused to give up his business interests and stated that he will stay on as executive producer of The Apprentice.

And last and hardly least, Trump has aggressively denied that Russia had any connection to interfering with the election. He has ridiculed the CIA and doubled down on his support for Putin, including his likely nomination for Secretary of State, the Exxon Mobile CEO, a friend of Putin and who has argued against sanctions against Russia.

Is this enough to cause concern? If it isn’t, then the Electoral College is a sham and irrelevant. It should be abolished.

So Electoral College, suck it up. Show some courage. Save us from the looming catastrophe. Save the Republic! The only chilling argument that I have heard against dumping Trump by the Electoral College is that if the Electoral College did do this, his most avid supporters would rise up in armed rebellion and that we would find ourselves in another civil war. Sounds extreme to me, but then I think of Pizzagate and Comet Ping Pong Pizza.

Now is the time to prove the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. The future with Trump is too dangerous.

Joe Howell

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