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Alexander Hamilton’s last laugh

Written By | Dec 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2016 — Members of the Electoral College convened Monday in Phoenix to cast their state’s eleven votes for Donald J. Trump. Protestors surrounded the Arizona state capitol and chanted, “The people reject the president-elect.”

Anti-Trump protesters outside the Arizona state capitol.

Trump won all of blue-state Wisconsin’s ten electoral votes as protestors in the gallery shouted, “Shame!”

At the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg, protestors chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” All 20 votes went to Trump.

In Tallahassee, Florida, demonstrators chanted, “I believe that we will win.” But the Sunshine State’s GOP electors took fifteen minutes to give all 29 votes to Trump.

It was the desperate hope of groups like the Hamilton Electors—Hollywood’s best and brightest, who spent $500,000 on television ads starring actor Martin Sheen—to beg Republican electors to “vote their conscience.” Which meant, not for Trump.

Ironically, Hillary Clinton was harder hit by “faithless” electors. Four in Washington State defected from Clinton, three casting their votes for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and one for environmental activists and Native American, Faith Spotted Eagle.

By 6:30 p.m. EST, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, having gained the necessary 270 electoral votes, were officially elected president and vice president of the United States.

Electoral College winner Donald Trump.

The Electoral College ably served its constitutional purpose, according to Federalist 68:

“to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief. The choice of several, to form an intermediate body of electors, will be much less apt to convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements.”

So wrote the real Alexander Hamilton, not the rapping simpleton of Broadway musical fame.

The Electoral College protected the nation against the “tumult and disorder” of those beating drums, making threatening phone calls, sending menacing emails, chanting angry nursery rhymes and sponsoring pointless political ads with equally pointless celebrities droning on and on—pointlessly.

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution,” said Thomas Jefferson. “Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

Monday, the Electoral College proved our nation’s founding document to be alive and well.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.