Those proactively seeking ways to stop Donald Trump from officially becoming president of the United States in January have turned to a decree written by a man who is undoubtedly America’s greatest undocumented immigrant.
In what could become one of the greatest ironies of 2016, some Democratic electors are pushing what they call the Hamilton Elector Effort, named after undocumented Caribbean-born immigrant turned U.S. secretary of the Treasury and one of the authors of the U.S. Constitution, Alexander Hamilton.
While Trump has been busy trashing the cast of “Hamilton,” Democratic electors such as Polly Baca, an elector from Colorado, have been actively lobbying the other 537 electors of the Electoral College, who are set to cast their votes Dec. 19, 2016, to do the unthinkable and block Trump from becoming president.
The group needs just 37 electors to say no to Trump, and they are basing it constitutionally on Federalist Paper #68, written by Hamilton March 14, 1788.
Hamilton, in his wisdom, wrote that the Electoral College would prevent selection of a president with poor judgment or under the influence of a foreign government. It was indeed he said, one more check on the power of the man or woman to hold the office of president.
Here is exactly what Hamilton wrote all those years ago:
“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. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single state; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of president of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.
“And this will be thought no inconsiderable recommendation of the Constitution, by those who are able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration. Though we cannot acquiesce in the political heresy of the poet who says: ‘For forms of government let fools contest that which is best administered is best,’ yet we may safely pronounce, that the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.”
One can only hope for a miracle this holiday: that the electors “resurrect” Hamilton and choose wisely for all of the people.
It would be the biggest ironies of all, given Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric throughout his campaign, if the wisdom of a once undocumented immigrant squashes his celebration and saves us all from a man who could not be more unqualified for the office of president of the Free World. Let’s pray “Hamilton” wins off-Broadway too!
The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc.