The original intention of the founders is quite obviously that the electors not consider themselves “pledged,” but make a genuine choice based on their view of the good of the nation. This practice fell out of fashion as the states moved from election by the legislatures toward the popular election of the electors, but on the electors, the Constitution has never changed.
Regarding the electors, the key paragraphs in the Federalist Papers read:
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 pre-established body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture.
It was equally desirable that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. 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 so complicated an investigation.
-The Federalist Papers, #68
The electoral college is precisely not an institution like a college, but convenes only for the one purpose of electing the president. Quite obviously, if it should become clear between the popular election and the meeting of the college, that the people had elected a tyrant or ax-murderer, the college would be doing its job to reject him. In our case, we have one popularly elected, to this the only office that represents the people of the U. S. as a whole, and one winning the numbers in the electoral vote through increasingly obviously questionable means involving false news and the intentional interference with the body of the citizens through the new instrument of the internet and the spy-marketing system. “Corruption” once needed to combine may dispersed men, requiring “time as well as means.” It may be no coincidence that those adhering to or inclining toward the “ethno-state,” and the Russian government itself benefit most from the policies that will be pursued tending toward the destruction of the United States. Hence, we have called upon the electors to consider and reject the current president elect as a potential tyrant ascending by illegitimate means.
The people wee not originally intended to choose the president, but rather to choose those capable of choosing, and if there is no majority in the electoral college, the House of Representatives will choose, with each state having one vote, again because we enter into the federal union by states. The Federalist concludes the argument:
This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of president will seldom 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.