A Republican presidential elector from Texas has decided to step down rather than cast his vote for Donald Trump.
Art Sisneros told Politico earlier this year that he was considering voting against Trump, but decided this week to resign instead.
“If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President,” the Texas Republican said in a blog post.
“I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
Let’s say this were to happen and Donald Trump was denied the 270 necessary to get elected what would happen next? The consensus among the Electors is that a qualified Republican would be chosen, perhaps a Mitt Romney, and then the House of Representatives would pick that person over Trump. This would save this country from a disastrous Trump Presidency and keep the Republic alive.
This is not a tactic that goes against the will of the people. Unfortunately, the American people are clueless to the fact that they don’t actually pick the President, but rather pick Electors that vote on their behalf. This is a Republic, not a Democracy. “A presupposition that wise Electors who know how to nominate individuals of character, experience, virtue, and integrity underlies the whole process. The wisdom and integrity of the Electors is essential. The independence of the Electors is even more crucial. For the system to work, Electors must know how to choose—not be told who to choose.”
The Electoral College is the firewall against tyranny for a reason. This position of President should not be viewed the way that it is in our society, but rather a group of faithless men and women protect this country from the likes of Donald Trump.
Alexander Hamilton said it best, “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.”