“Electors of the College were to be citizens exercising judgment, not cogs turning a wheel”


Lessig writes, “Electors were to apply, in Hamilton’s words, ‘a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice’—and then decide. The Constitution says nothing about ‘winner take all.’ It says nothing to suggest that electors’ freedom should be constrained in any way. Instead, their wisdom—about whether to overrule ‘the people’ or not—was to be free of political control yet guided by democratic values. They were to be citizens exercising judgment, not cogs turning a wheel.”

The electors will meet on December 19th.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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