We are just two weeks out from the meeting of the Electoral college and a movement has been growing to turn the voting members away from their pledged voting agenda. The push now is for a write in candidate that might defeat Trump. Is it possible that the election of 2016 really isn’t over?
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The chances of success are slim, but a unified group is growing. Some voters, calling themselves the Hamilton Electors, are considering pulling their support from votes pledged to Hillary Clinton and giving them to a more moderate republican: John Kasich.
The thought is that if it appears that there may be a more moderate choice, some of Trump’s pledged delegates would, in essence, defect and vote for Kasich. It is clear that they’re not going to swing toward Clinton, but they might consider another republican.
The plan seems to be working. A Trump delegate from Texas has come forward and declared that he will not support Trump. Christopher Suprun of Dallas published his manifesto in The New York Times:
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.
Suprun lists numerous issues that Trump brings to the position, including his numerous conflicts of interest and what appears to many as Trump’s lackadaisical attitude toward the position.
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.
Suprun has a way with words, as he demonstrates in his conclusion.
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.
Could it be that Trump faces bigger issues than Jill Stein’s counting games?