Twenty-Three Days: It Isn’t the Electors Who Would be Faithless.
Until the electoral college can be repealed or the National Popular Vote bill comes into effect, Guardian Electors who choose to vote their conscience instead of voting for the winner of their state’s popular vote are critical to the protection of our democratic rights. These electors are sometimes called faithless. I disagree. I think they have the potential to be heroes.
It isn’t the electors who would be faithless. It’s the President-Elect and the lawmakers that support his policy agenda:
An anti-middle-class, pro-rich regime that plans to immediately repeal a law requiring companies to pay time-and-a-half overtime wages to employees who make less than $47,000 a year. Over two-fifths of Trump voters make less than $50,000. Is that what they thought they were voting for?
An anti-middle-class, pro-rich regime that plans to immediately dismantle the Affordable Care Act, that is the only source of health care for over 20 million Americans. Is that what they thought they were voting for?
An unconstitutional, fascist regime that if it acted on its campaign promises would be impeached before you can say card-carrying-member-of-the-ACLU. Many of his promised policies—mass deportation, bans and surveillance based on religion, torture, libel laws—would each on their own violate the constitution. Taken together, this platform is an end to the rule of law. Is that what they thought they were voting for?
An racist, anti-immigrant, anti-religious-freedom regime that condoned acts of violence and hate throughout its campaign and has remained all but silent in the face of the nationwide rise in hate crime following the election. Most Trump voters say they cast their ballot for reasons of economic insecurity and party loyalty, not white nationalism. And even if Trump voters really are the new Nazi party, is that what the electors want to cast their votes for?
I’m calling on Guardian Electors to protect the nation from a faithless political regime. Call your electors (and other states’ electors) and tell them what you think. And call your elected representatives while you’re at it. Sign a petition calling on electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote. Make your voices heard online and in the streets.
Twenty-three days left until the electoral college votes. Take action today! Convince an elector to become a Guardian Elector!
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