As Alexander Hamilton explained, the electoral college provides a backstop in the event voters select a dangerously unfit candidate. “The process of election,” Hamilton wrote, “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.” Electors would use their judgment to prevent the “tumult and disorder” that would result from “this mischief” of presidential candidates exploiting “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity.” One might call it the cooler-heads college.
Since the electoral system was put in place a new generation of voters have emerged…they are call women and black Americans. Do the right thing or the floodgates will be opened for class action suits.
As we approach the day Donald Trump will be sworn into office, we’re reminded constantly that we (meaning a minority of Americans and a system lobbied for by slavers at the first Constitutional Convention) elected a terrible human being to be President. According to WD, Joe Biden stopped by The Late Show to have “the talk” with us.
“This terrible feeling you’re having right now? It’s not permanent,” Biden said. “It will be over in four years — maybe 8. But, you know, there’s an old saying in this family: life is like a grandfather clock.”
“Exactly,” Colbert added. “Life is like a grandfather clock– maybe the pendulum has swung to one side but it will swing back to the other.”
“Point is, you should probably get a newer clock,” Biden said. “Or better yet, just look at your phone.” Then the two reminded us that even if we have to deal with Trump, it is up to us to keep America safe from harm, and to ensure that his agenda does not progress in a way that will hurt Americans.
“Okay, you have to always do your best to mow the lawn,” Colbert said, totally not talking about moving forward after the election. “It doesn’t matter that somebody else is about to get the job of mowing the lawn after you even though, as far as you can tell, that person has never touched a lawnmower in his life.”
“Look, look, look, kid, it doesn’t matter who is mowing it,” Biden remarked. “The point is this is the greatest lawn in the world, and no matter our differences, we’re all responsible for its upkeep. And I’ve got to believe that in their heart, the next mower is going to do the best they can to make sure that lawn, that everyone feels safe to have a picnic on it.”
“That’s a beautiful metaphor,” Colbert told Biden.
“Metaphor?” Biden quipped. “I’m talk about actually mowing the lawn.”