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  • #16
    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    What's the point of your OP if it isn't applied to current events? An historical footnote? Maybe an academic exercise of no importance?
    The point of it concerns the current 'unfaithful elector movement' that is currently in the news. We have states that have enacted laws penalizing electors for not voting correctly. We see people saying that attempts to get them to do so are wrong and should not be tolerated.

    However this appears to NOT be in original intent of the founders....

    Recognize the word 'intent'? Usually slung around a sacred and the ONLY way to view the constitution.

    So the discussion should focus on that fact I'd hope.
    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    ― Lewis Carroll

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
      The point of it concerns the current 'unfaithful elector movement' that is currently in the news. We have states that have enacted laws penalizing electors for not voting correctly. We see people saying that attempts to get them to do so are wrong and should not be tolerated.

      However this appears to NOT be in original intent of the founders....

      Recognize the word 'intent'? Usually slung around a sacred and the ONLY way to view the constitution.

      So the discussion should focus on that fact I'd hope.
      When an elector pledged to vote for their party's candidate if he or she won, that should have some meaning. For an elector to say they won't vote for Trump after having made such a pledge during the primary is simply wrong.
      It's not like they didn't know for months who the Republican Presidential candidate was. They did. It seemingly only became an issue with some of these electors after he won.
      That smacks of hypocrisy and duplicity more than conscientious. Trump is clearly qualified for office even if you personally despise the man and his political positions.

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