“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel
At first glance, my book seems to have no bearing on the matter at hand. I beg your indulgence. I wrote this book in January, 2016, a fictional story with a moral dilemma that stretches the limits of the imagination. I challenge the reader(s) to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist, to take sides, to experience the choices taken. I ask the reader to feel what it is like to have to make a choice between unsatisfactory options, as we have recently done. This we share. It is our common ground.
“No one faithful to our history can deny that the plan originally contemplated . . . that electors would be free agents, to exercise an independent and nonpartisan judgment as to the men best qualified for the Nation’s highest offices.”
RAY V. BLAIR, 343 U.S. 214, 232 (1952) (JACKSON, J., DISSENTING)
My name is Thomas Jerome Baker from El Cajón, CA.
Thank you for this unique opportunity to communicate directly with you.
Regarding Donald Trump, I am a concerned citizen, participating in the electoral process. I have read, and re-read, Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers No. 68. Titled: “The Mode Of Electing The President, published Wednesday, March 14, 1788. Author: Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton writes: “It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided. This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, not to any preestablished body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture…A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.” (end of quote)
#AlexanderHamilton‘s Federalist No. 68:
— Wilson (@WilsonsWorld) December 10, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen of the electoral college, you are the chosen ones for this awesome responsibility of electing the next President of the United States of America. I greet you with pride, I salute you one and all.
After much careful reading and reflection, I sincerely believe that Hamilton’s intent was for Presidential Electors to be responsible for protecting our nation’s future and ensuring that the next President is the best person for the job.
It was Alexander Hamilton’s vision, that the Electoral College should, when necessary, act as a constitutional failsafe against those Lacking The Qualification from becoming President. Using Hamilton’s wise guidance, I ask three questions:
1. Is Donald Trump qualified to be President of the United States of America?
He is not only unqualified, he is unfit for the office of president. For example, he has never held any elected office in his life. The presidency of the United States will be his first elected office. In contrast, as a businessman, Donald Trump would not hire Candidate Trump to run one of his businesses. Reason: Lack of experience. We can not, we must not apply a lower standard to the office of president than we would apply for one of Mr. Trump’s businesses. No, we must not desecrate the office in this way.
Nonetheless, it is possible that Mr. Trump is a winner. Maybe he is a person who has acquired exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities in an unconventional way. So, let us take a long, hard look at the life experience which Mr. Trump brings with him to the presidency, to the office of Most Powerful Man On The Planet:
2. Is Donald Trump a demagogue?
Yes. A demagogue is, “a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.” (end of quote)
Carl Bernstein, of all people, saying Trump is a bigger liar than Nixon….that’s something else… pic.twitter.com/yF44LQrkI6
— Yashar (@yashar) December 11, 2016
Again, yes. Donald Trump is a demagogue.
Further, his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”, shows no awareness that America has never stopped being great! The USA is admired and respected all around the globe. America past, present, and future, is still the land of dreams, the American dream. It is still the land where the circumstances of your birth do not determine your destiny. My America, Your America, Our America has never stopped being great! We reject Trump’s demagoguery here and now.
Russia attacked us, ran a coup. From 10/14: how we know "Like A Smart Person" Trump KNEW about it, is complicit https://t.co/Kjo9KkEZCU
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 11, 2016
3. Is Donald Trump under the influence of a foreign power?
Trump interview from 2014 praises Putin, says he spoke to him personally. And says crash, riots will fix US economy. https://t.co/j2xIipPrUU
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 1, 2016
Yes. Yes, Donald Trump is under the influence of a foreign power, Russia, and in particular, Vladimir Putin.
— aDoseOfCommonSense (@laurabh07712) November 17, 2016
According to public documents, he owes tremendous sums of money to foreign banks. Further, he has business dealings in foreign countries. His tax return? He never made it public. Congress recently made public the extensive foreign interference in our recent election. Trump denies that the KGB, Putin, Wikileaks, all played a hand in the election. Again, public documents contradict Mr. Trump.
— Geysar Gurbanov (@geysar) November 9, 2016
In sum, he owes a debt of gratitude to foreign powers. Moreover, his business dealings in foreign lands make him susceptible to the intrigues of foreign powers and his own personal self-interest. The American people will never know if Trump is acting in the interest of America or in the interest of Donald Trump.
This is a genuine disqualification for the presidency on constitutional grounds. On Day 1 of his presidency, he would be impeachable for the above reasons. Electors, reject him now, sooner, rather than later. If you wait until later, he will have to go to jail.
I Accuse President-Elect Donald J. Trump of being constitutionally unelectable.
1. I Accuse President-Elect Donald J. Trump of being unqualified and unfit for office.
2. I Accuse President-Elect Donald J. Trump of being a demagogue.
3. I Accuse President-Elect Donald J. Trump of being under the influence of a foreign power.
His election is untenable, and a desecration to the ideals of democracy which the Founding Fathers carefully crafted so long ago. Electors, it is clearly your sacred duty to reject Donald J. Trump on constitutional grounds.
There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Donald J. Trump is the man who Alexander Hamilton has been waiting for all these years.
Trump is the man that Hamilton had in mind when he wrote the Federalist Papers No. 68. As an author, Hamilton’s wise voice comes to us all, to me, to you, to the Electors, gently whispering the words of wisdom that you must follow in order to save the USA from the future deeds and misdeeds and damage that a man like Donald Trump would surely inflict upon our great country.
We are Americans. We are not waiting, we have not been waiting, we will never be waiting, for one man, a demagogue like Donald J. Trump, to “Make America Great Again.”
The Founding Fathers already made it great. The blood, tears, and sacrifice of patriots have kept America Great across the centuries. We reject Donald J. Trump’s claim. America Is Great, Today, Yesterday, and All the Days to Come!
Electors, ladies and gentlemen, heed the words of Alexander Hamilton, himself an immigrant to America. I wonder and ponder a simple question: Would Alexander Hamilton, the immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis, would he even have a place in Mr. Trump’s America?
No, sad, but true. The evidence from the Trump campaign suggests that Alexander Hamilton, the man with his picture on the $10 dollar bill, he would be lucky just to get a travel visa to the USA in Mr. Trump’s, “America.”
Electors, have the courage to do what must be done. The fate of the republic is in your hands.
Democrats and Republicans, Electors, Patriots, put aside your party and put America first!
Electors have already come forward calling upon other Electors from “red states” and “blue states” to unite behind a Responsible Republican candidate for the good of the nation.
A MAJORITY of voters, 54%, voted AGAINST Mr. TRUMP in the recent election.
I repeat: 54% of the voters who went to the polls voted AGAINST Donald John Trump. Mr. Trump represents a minority of the voters, a significant minority. Trump, the “winner”, got 2.84 MILLION fewer votes than the second place candidate, Secretary Clinton. Donald Trump has No Mandate!
Let me repeat: Mr. Trump has NO MANDATE from the American people. It is absurd to think otherwise.
Electors, have the courage to do your constitutional duty!
Unite behind a responsible, Republican candidate.
If you do this, a thousand years from now it will be written that what truly makes America Great is the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, always present in the Constitution, which has guided this great country across the centuries of our existence.
Electors, I beseech you, I implore you, I beg you: Do Your Sacred Duty!
The eyes of the world are upon you, and should you fail, history will judge you harshly.
Do your constitutional duty, and history will record your names for all posterity in the hearts and minds and souls of the American people.
Ladies and gentlemen, “Do. Your. Sacred. Duty!
May God Bless You One And All.
Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.
I appreciate and respect the role you serve in our electoral process.
Thomas Jerome Baker
Electors common sense people, even Republicans know that Trump is a danger. Step up & vote Clinton. Watch: pic.twitter.com/eFuqGHL1tt
— RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) December 9, 2016
— Corinne Marasco (@CorinneAM) November 30, 2016
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