Federalist 68 On Foreign Interference In Presidential Elections

   Just after the President spoke today, one of two radio guys on NPR pulled out the crucial sentence from Hamilton on the Electoral College as a Bulwark against foreign interference such as we are now seeing. We call on the College to stand up and reject this foreign interference, giving the world and world history an example of the strength of the American Constitution (which the Trumpster may still not have even read). Between the two selections pulled out in an earlier blog, Hamilton writes:

   Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the union?

Indeed, how could our best enemy for the past 77 (if not 105) years better gain ascent into our government than by electing their own man to our presidency? And one knows Trump would do it if promised a big reward, in the big deal. He does not even think such a thing is wrong, and neither do his supporters, because they think only of “winning,” and not the comprehensive context.

    Hamilton goes on to explain that the founders made the election depend not on any pre-existing body, “who might be tampered with to prostitute their votes,” but to persons chosen for “temporary and sole purpose” of electing the president. He did not foresee the choice of slates of pledged electors according to parties, because there were as yet no parties, but the electors could then have either declared a preference, say, for Hamilton or Jefferson or Burr, or not, and the people could vote for the electors accordingly.

   What we say seems to have occurred in this election is that Russian interference has effected the body of the people itself, through targeted interference and marketing directed by detailed individual spying on the American people. We suggest that this explains how the Americans could elect what General Michael Hayden calls a “useful fool.” Hayden contradicts himself by saying that Trump is a great danger to the nation, but we should give him a chance, as though we should adhere to the election result regardless of intrigue. A certain percentage of the people then pretended for partisan reasons that Trump was a good choice for president, while a few really think that moneymaking and presidential virtue are the same thing. The result is this disaster, and we ask the electors now to stand up and turn this election back or make a selection, such as Evan McMullin or Mike Rogers or Michael Hayden, of one genuinely capable of matching wits with the Russian Judo-chess guy who did this.

   A news report this morning said that Trump knew about the Russian interference, and that would seem to be treason. He could also be impeached for bribery and high crimes and misdemeanors. Since the recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania were blocked, and Michigan so close that none can tell who won our electors, there is plenty of legitimacy to the electors doing their job and saving the nation from tyranny. Add to this the popular vote, five or six times more in margin than any of the three previous times that there was a difference between the electoral and popular vote, and the many other reasons set out in previous blogs- the internet just now getting away from us, that spy-marketing system no one admits to, the staff at Kaspersky being from Moscow and handling U. S. computer security, etc, and the choice seems so obvious that we cannot believe there are 40 electors who remain “faithful.” Loyalty to a treasonous conspiracy is a joke, and Hayden, my old blog buddy (“Hey Hayden”), has called this “the most successful covert operation in history.”

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