Aide to Three Presidents Urges “Country Above Party”
I am one of nine electors for Colorado and one of 538 electors nation-wide. We are the Electoral College we all hear so much about every four years. We meet to vote for the President and Vice President on December 19. Until we vote, there is no such thing as a president-elect. In modern U.S. history, the Electoral College has never chosen someone for President other than the person who seemed to have “won” on election night. This year, we, the Electoral College, must invoke our extraordinary constitutional power and vote for someone other than Trump/Pence.
I have worked for three Presidents of the United States and have known numerous candidates for President and Vice President. I have had many disagreements with politicians of all stripes, but I have never found any of them to be so radically disqualified, unprepared, and irresponsible as Mr. Trump. That is why I hope that on December 19, 2016, my fellow electors are free to exercise their good judgment and vote for someone who is responsible, qualified, and puts country above party. That person can be a Republican, a Democrat, or anyone that we all agree is qualified.
It seems odd that our Constitution, the foundation of our democracy, has a system so seemingly undemocratic as the Electoral College. But the Founders designed the Electoral College for exactly a moment such as this: to stop someone like Mr. Trump.
Alexander Hamilton explained the Electoral College in Federalist Paper No. 68. The electors are to be “detached” from the “heats and ferments” that can sometimes influence public opinion. “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.” When Alexander Hamilton spoke of preventing those with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from becoming President, he was talking about people like Trump. We take our job as elector very, very seriously and we will not let this country be upended by this person.
If we can unify behind a qualified person on December 19, 2016, a person that everyone will pray and cheer for their success, no matter if you’re on team blue, red, or none of the above, we can at least begin to heal our country and begin to work in the interests of the people of our country. If you know someone who is an elector, in any state, reach out to them and urge them to vote against the unqualified Mr. Trump.
About Polly Baca:
Polly Baca served in the Colorado House of Representatives (1975- 1978) and the Colorado Senate (1979-1986), the first Latina to serve in both chambers in her state. She is the first woman elected to chair the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House (1977), the first minority woman and first Hispanic woman elected to the Colorado State Senate (1978-1986), the first Hispanic woman to be nominated by a major political party for the United States Congress (1980), and the first Hispanic woman to co-chair two National Democratic Conventions (1980 and 1984).
Sen. Baca served as Vice Chair of the National Democratic Party from 1981 to 1989. She has served three US Presidents: as Public Information Officer for a White House Agency during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration; as Rocky Mountain States Coordinator for President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Presidential campaign; and as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Consumer Affairs and Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs. In 2012, Sen. Baca served as a National Co-Chair of Catholics for Obama.
She is an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Hispanic Hall of Fame, the World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the West. Sen. Baca received a B.A. degree in political science from Colorado State University, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Northern Colorado and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. In April 2012, the Denver Post listed Sen. Baca as one of the 75 Most Influential Women of Colorado.
About Hamilton Defenders:
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