Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tell the Electors: Vote Your Conscience - Daniel Brezenoff

December 3, 2016 | Daniel Brezenoff
Electoral College Petition - The Electors of the Electoral College vote for the President on December 19, 2016. They have a Constitutional duty to protect the United States and the Constitution from danger. 
The Electoral College petition is the largest petition in history. More than 4.7 million people have signed on to ask the Electors to vote their conscience, and vote against Donald Trump.
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Following the Letter to Electors - quotes and links to recent articles:

An Open Letter to the Electors

Esteemed Electors:
We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.4

There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.29

Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:17

He has threatened the freedom of speech by condoning violence at public events, and suggesting criminal penalties and even revocation of citizenship to punish political expression;

He has threatened the freedom of press by vowing to revoke First Amendment protections for journalists;

He has threatened the freedom of religion by proposing to bar entry to the country and force the registration of members of certain faiths;

He has entangled himself with foreign interests through his personal business dealings, and refused to provide records of his taxes, which could allay suspicions;

He has indicated a willingness to condone torture, in contravention of the Constitution and our international treaties, which carry the force of law;

He is uncomfortably close to the regime of Russia, which has interfered in the election;

He has shown reckless disregard for diplomacy, communicating impulsively, in public forums, regarding matters of national security, and allowing personal emotions to interfere with reasoned judgment, calling into question his fitness as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the nuclear capabilities of the United States;

He has, unlike every previous Commander-in-Chief, never served in any public position, whether elected or appointed, civilian or military, thereby bringing no experience or proven judgment on behalf of The People, or evidence of a character suited to high office.

For these reasons, his assumption of office endangers the Constitution, the freedoms it protects, and the continued prosperity and welfare of the United States.

You, Electors, possess the power to prevent this outcome. You are not bound to cast your vote for the candidate of your party – and, as he won neither a majority nor even a plurality of the popular vote, there can be no question of undermining the will of The People.

The Constitution empowers Electors to exercise judgment and choice.
If your role were only ceremonial, our Founders would not have required the states to elect you, or that you cast ballots by your own hand. State laws notwithstanding, you are free to vote your conscience. You have a mandate, like all officials, to protect and defend the Constitution.14 And you have the right and responsibility to investigate those who stand for this office, and to deliberate before casting your vote.

We place country before party in imploring you, our fellow Americans, to investigate and deliberate. We stand with you as you exercise your conscience and give profound consideration to the consequences of your vote. We affirm your right and your duty to do so free from intimidation, and urge you to cast your ballot for a person with the temperament, integrity and commitment to Constitutional principles necessary in a President.

In doing so, know that you enjoy the support of millions of Americans.

Thank you for your service to our country.

This letter was funded by Daniel Brezenoff, a social worker and grassroots Democratic activist

This letter was published in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Salt Lake City Tribune3 and Tampa Bay Times on December 14, 2016.

It will be published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Wisconsin State Journal on December 15, 2016.

Letter to Electors is a project of Democracy and Progress PAC and the Electoral College Petition.

Titles and institutional affiliations for individuals signing this letter are provided for identification purposes only. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and signatories, and do not represent the views of any organization named, or any other with which the author or signatories are affiliated.


Daniel Brezenoff3
Author, Democracy and Progress

Bret Chiafalo
Washington State Elector

Michael Baca
Colorado Elector

Beth Caldwell
Washington State Elector
Former Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, Co-Founder, Metastatic Exchange to Unleash Power

Leora Auslander, Ph.D.
Professor of Modern European Social History and
Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization
College and the Department of History, The University of Chicago

Sahar F. Aziz, M.A., J.D.
Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
Former Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Randall Balmer, M.Div, Ph.D
John Phillips Professor in Religion, Dartmouth College

Sotirios A. Barber, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Deborah Barnbaum, Ph.D
Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Kent State University

Khaled A. Beydoun, M.A., J.D.
Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Affiliated Faculty, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project Center on Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley

Mark Philip Bradley, Ph.D
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of History, The University of Chicago

Mark B. Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento

Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D.
Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
Associate Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas
The University of Texas at Dallas

Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Columbia Theological Seminary

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor
Founding head, Division of Bioethics New York University Langone Medical Center

The Honorable David N. Dinkins, LL.B
106th Mayor of New York City Professor in the Practice of Urban Public Policy School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Mary L. Dudziak, J.D., Ph.D
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Laura K. Field, Ph.D
Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service
Associate Faculty, School of Public Affairs Political Theory Institute American University

Jamal Greene, J.D.
Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Janet Halley, J.D., Ph.D
Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Daniel J. Hicks, Ph.D
Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Steve Hiltz, Ph.D
Lecturer in Philosophy, Southern Methodist University

Jean Kazez, Ph.D
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University

Craig J. Konnoth, J.D., M.Phil
Sharswood Fellow & Lecturer in Law, Penn Law School Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel J. Levine, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Political Science, The University of Alabama

Sanford V. Levinson, J.D., Ph.D
St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D
Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy Program Director, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University

John P. McCormick, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Rachel Ann McKinney, Ph.D
Fellow in Residence 

Edmond J. Safra 
Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Roberta L. Millstein, Ph.D
Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis

Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

David Neff
Retired Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

Anne Norton, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Jay Odenbaugh, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College

Michael J. Perry, J.D.
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Mark Pinsley 
Founder, Unite for America, Pennsylvania

Michael A. Rebell, LL.B.
Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity
Professor of Law and Educational Practice
Teachers College, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School

Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School

Gerald N. Rosenberg, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Lecturer, Law School, University of Chicago

Louis Michael Seidman, J.D.
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Carolyn Shapiro, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dan Slater, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Carl Sachs, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marymount University

David Selby, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor of Political Science Sacramento State University and Berkeley City College

SpearIt, Ph.D., J.D
Associate Professor Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University

Jeremi Suri, Ph.D
Professor of History and Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Richard P. Taub, Ph.D
Paul Klapper Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Chicago

Jeffrey K. Tulis, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Government, Extended Faculty, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

Jessica Dixon Weaver, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law

Damien Patrick Williams, M.A.
Instructor of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy
Kennesaw State University

Paul Woodruff, Ph.D
Darrell K. Roya Professor of Ethics and American Society
Department of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Paul J. Zwier
Dr. Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
Emory University School of Law

Sé Reed
Activist, Strategist, Electoral College Petition

Kathryn Adams
Activist, Fundraiser, Electoral College Petition
Please contact us to inquire about adding your name as a signatory.

About the Electoral College, US


Challenging the Electoral College Vote Isn’t Futile, Though Trump Will Still Win

On Monday, December 19, America has one last chance to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president — or so the most hopeful Trump opponents claim. Technically, they’re right. The Founding Fathers adopted the Electoral College to ensure that the presidency would not go to an unqualified candidate who won over the masses with his “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity,” as Alexander Hamilton put it. 

Many say the election of a reality-TV star with extensive foreign ties is exactly the kind of scenario the Electoral College was created for — especially because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes

But the political reality is that Trump will be sworn in on January 20. If he fails to receive the 270 majority required to secure the presidency, the election will be decided by the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a solid majority. 

Even if “faithless electors” give another candidate more than 270 votes, an obscure rule will allow Congress to challenge the outcome of the Electoral College vote. Republicans in Congress may have reservations about Trump, but they’re not about to humiliate their party, risk their chance to implement a conservative agenda, and potentially plunge the country into chaos by overturning the election results. …

My Turn: A big test for the Electoral College

For the Concord Monitor
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On Dec. 19, a group of citizens totaling 0.00017 percent of the American population will officially choose the next president of the United States. If the 538 members of the Electoral College are faithful to tradition, they will elect Donald Trump. If they are faithful to the framers of the Constitution, they will not.

Tradition says that pledged electors vote en masse for the presidential candidate who wins a plurality of votes in their state. By that logic, Trump, who won the toss-up states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by 1 percent to secure an Electoral College majority, will be our president.

It does not matter that Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump nationwide by 2.7 million votes, or 2 percent, a wider margin than roughly half a dozen elected presidents. It does not matter that Trump received a minority of ballots cast – 46 percent – and just one in four American citizens voted in his favor. It does not matter that he would be the first person to assume the office of president without any public service experience. All that matters, according to tradition, is that electors are automatically delivered to the winner of their state.

Our Founding Fathers did not agree with this tradition.
Reviewing the recorded statements of the framers of the Constitution, two factors emerge as central in the selection of president: majority rule and fitness for office. …

Trump seeks to intervene in Electoral College suit

By KYLE CHENEY, 12/13/16

Lessig: 20 Trump electors could flip
if this is a 'universal' story then the story-tag will be 'story' By KYLE CHENEY 12/13/16

Electors demand intelligence briefing before Electoral College vote
The request represents the latest effort by Democratic electors to look to the Electoral College as a possible bulwark against a Trump presidency.


Anonymous said...

Dear Electors,

The Electoral College is to protect the State’s Rights and the Individual Rights represented by the state. To protect the Democratic-Republic that Alexander Hamilton defended so long ago is to cast your vote per your State’s Individual Voters. The Electoral College is to protect the citizens of United States from the “Tyranny of Majority” also known as “National Popular Votes”. The “National Popular Votes” can easily be interfered by foreign powers as Alexander Hamilton stated in his argument for a “Electoral College”. The Electoral College represents everyone individual rights through their state representatives. To prevent one state’s population having “Tyranny” over another state’s population.

Therefore, to protect everyone’s rights, you must cast your vote per your state’s population mandate.

Refusing to grant Donald Trump’s right to represent the United States’ voters is a “Tyranny” decision and a fascists statement.

Reminder of Clinton’s Global Actions:

Clinton refused to label the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda as a genocide. Clinton supported the genocide of the Tutsi.

Clinton encouraged her husband Bill and his secretary of state Madeleine Albright to attack Serbian forces in 1993. Clinton supported the Serbian genocide.

Clinton has threatened the freedom of speech by suggesting criminal penalties;

Clinton has threatened the freedom of press by vowing to revoke First Amendment protections for journalists;

Clinton has threatened the freedom of religion by proposing to bar entry to the country and force the registration of members of certain faiths;

Clinton has entangled herself with foreign interests through the Clinton Foundation; Clinton accepted money from foreign powers. Clinton auctioned off U.S. influence to foreign interests.

Clinton has indicated a willingness to assassinate United Nation Leaders; Clinton claimed to assassinated Muammar Gaddafi.

Clinton has supported and attempted to assassinate President Bashar Assad of Syria and President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Clinton fully supported the coup in Honduras and Haiti.

Clinton support President Barack Obama’s interference into British Elections and Israeli Elections;

Upset Democrat

citizenschallenge said...

We have had the most dirty tricks and lie infested presidential campaign in history.

This wasn't about making Clinton President, this was about stopping a pathological liar, self-obsessed,, thoughtless, greedy government hater as the President of our Government. The insanity is amazing. We have elected a Russian Obligate, who hates our government, is up to his neck in questionable business entanglements and supposedly rational people are okay with that. Crazy. Absolutely crazy.

Your Clinton bashing list above list sounds like a lot of bent bullshit too, - if you are so concerned about that list, why aren't you concerned about all the truly insane things Trump keeps tweeting out???????

Mind you I haven't liked Clinton since she made a mess of Clinton health plan a couple decades ago, the same qualities made her a failure then, made her a loser this time. But she'd have at least made a real President, rather than a tool of the super rich, to take over our government and cripple it - read their intentions, I am not exaggerating. Our next election will be an interesting frightening thing to watch indeed.

citizenschallenge said...

Also thinking over that twisted kangaroo court list of charges re. Clinton -
Trump is bringing back many of the egomaniacal greed-blinded neoconservative morons who brought us the War In Iraq, which was very profitable for them, but screwed the pooch for everyone and everything else.

As please enough with the phony posturing.

citizenschallenge said...

A bit of supporting evidence.
And do these self interest fools are totally in charge with no Check'n Balances - terrifying thought.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 4, 2015 03:42 PM MST
The media’s insane new Iraq War lie: Why is it so hard to say that Bush and Cheney were the architects of disaster
The press is letting necons off the hook by characterizing a lone Iraqi dissident as "architect" of the US invasion
Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq
Mushroom clouds, duct tape, Judy Miller, Curveball. Recalling how Americans were sold a bogus case for invasion.