As we move towards the establishment of a kakistocracy, everyone in the United States and around the world wonders how soon the joke will end and we can return to a nation run by the intelligent and not racist, bigots led by a moron.
Less than a month from now the electors of the Electoral College will meet and hopefully fulfill their duties to follow the will of the American people by voting for and naming Mrs Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States. And it must never be forgotten that Donald Trump, the loser of the popular vote, called the Electoral College, “A disaster for a democracy.” Curiously, many 2012 tweets from Trump disappeared, including the following, “He [Obama] lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” (Nov. 6) – “The phoney (sic) electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one (sic)!” (Nov. 6) - “More votes equals a loss…revolution!” (Nov. 7).
Before the defenders of Trump begin their usual rants, they need to understand that Alexander Hamilton, in “Federalist 68” arguing for the Electoral College, saw it as a stopgap to prevent the presidency from falling into the hands of the unqualified, crooked or the “vulgar talking yams.”
All perfect descriptors of Trump. Hamilton wrote, “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"
Were the electors to properly do their job the next president of our nation will be the person who won the most votes cast by the American people. The political balance of power would be altered very little – congressional majorities would remain the same, but a Democrat president would retain veto power. For anyone who cares about such things it might force both parties to govern – or perish.
If the electors do not follow the will of the people we are faced with two remaining hopes. One would be the impeachment and conviction of Trump on any of a multitude of charges, ranging from conflict of interest to crooked dealings to conspiring with foreign enemies, to allowing his kids to have any involvement in the government. And last – and most likely – is Trump will pull a Palin and resign once he realizes being the president of the United States is a 24/7 job that does not allow for big rallies populated by cheering people or tweeting hateful comments whenever he feels he has been “offended.”
So the question remains, how long before this national joke comes to an end and everyone – of all races, religions and sexual orientation – can breathe a sigh of relief?