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My view: The Electoral College: A hallmark of the Republic

FILE "” President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FILE "” President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters during a rally, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya, Associated Press

A movement to stop Donald Trump’s election in the Electoral College is underway, a doomed mission to send the election to the House of Representatives. Utah’s six electors have received myriad emails, letters and tweets from concerned citizens coast to coast. I'm one of those electors.

Ironically, these messages are hinged upon Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Paper No. 68, in which he argued that only people of highest moral character should be considered for government offices. They express “fear for America’s future” and concern that the election of an “unfit,” “immoral,” “dishonest” and “dangerous” man would violate Hamilton’s intent.

Yet Hamilton himself apologized publicly for an affair with another man's wife when he was secretary of the Treasury. We can also attribute to Hamilton the establishment of a central bank, today’s Federal Reserve. Like or not, it is a contributing factor to out-of-control deficit spending.

Who are these people contacting us? All but a few are Democratic activists or donors from states such as California, New York and Massachusetts. Some prefer a national popular vote, eliminating the EC altogether. They reflect a socialist, global, politically correct identity politics promoted in mainstream media and on college campuses, claiming Donald Trump is a “racist,” “misogynist” and “xenophobe.” They urge us to "do the right thing" and to violate Utah Code 20A-13-304, which requires electors to certify Utah’s popular vote — Donald Trump.

Yet, Hamilton’s vision is not what remains today. The Framers created the hallmark of the republic: a check and balance in a republican, representative electoral process that would prevent national, state and local special interests from consolidating into democracy, which they despised and understood historically to be short-lived with volatile endings.

The House was to be the only democratic vote. State legislators selected senators, and only 538 electors (in today’s numbers) nominated the president, tabulated in a joint session of Congress. The majority winner was elected president. Next in line was vice president.

Benjamin Franklin’s warning — “a Republic, if you can keep it” — has proved prophetic. We didn’t keep it. The Founders didn’t want political factions. Through political party corruption, special interests amended both the election of senators and the president to a popular vote. These changes have contributed to the erosion of the republic and welcomed democracy.

But if we lose today’s EC to the national popular vote movement, then presidential elections will be decided by the highly populated, big-government-spending urban cities in states such as California and New York. The smaller states, such as Utah, will be disenfranchised.

I am a “faithful elector,” but not just because Utah’s law requires it or because the state’s popular vote went to Trump. I believe he is on the right track. Today’s conflict is between a free-enterprise America-first policy and a socialist-global U.N.-first policy. While Amherst, Massachusetts, embraced globalism four decades ago and flies the U.N. in addition to the U.S. flag, most American towns would likely consider that a subversive gesture.

However, every administration from George W. Bush to the present has put America predictably last in this “new global economic order.” Americans have had enough of unelected bureaucrats crafting international laws, regulations, courts and foreign aid wealth redistribution that override the U.S. Constitution. NAFTA and the WTO exported millions of jobs to other socialist-Marxist regimes with which the U.S. could not compete without adopting their socialist economics. Trump’s tough immigration and trade stances sounded the alarm among globalists.

Because of his bold leadership, the market is improving, companies are recommitting to keeping jobs here, foreign countries are expressing interest in opening plants here, and the military is praising the restoration of “Peace through strength.”

On Dec. 19, I will certify Trump’s election for Utah and hold him accountable to making America great again.

Cherilyn Bacon Eagar is one of Utah’s six presidential electors, is spokeswoman for the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles of Utah, and is a talk show host on KTALK radio AM 630.