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Electoral college debate needs to move forward

By Michael Taszarek `18
THE ROUNDUP

It is time to move on.  

The election is over.

However, not everyone has accepted this notion, including a small number of members of the Electoral College.

The self-proclaimed “Hamilton Electors” are a group of electors that wish to deny Donald J. Trump the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

This group is basing their stance on original intentions of the Electoral College, which gave electors a way to supercede populist victors because of extenuating circumstances.

The group’s ultimate goal, according to its official website, is to “persuade 37 electors to either change their vote from Donald Trump to another qualified individual, or abstain from voting altogether.”

Unlike what many believe, the group is not trying to have the Electoral College hand the election to Hillary Clinton.  

The group desires to “urge them to select a reasonable Republican who does not have Donald Trump’s questionable ethics, lack of policy knowledge and lack of relevant experience.”

Look, I wish that Donald Trump had lost the election. However, the voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin made their voices heard, and those respective states handed Trump the victory.

Denying Trump the 270 votes needed to win the presidency would be a major mistake.  If this occurred, the country would be plunged into an even greater state of turmoil, and unrest could even occur.

Many of the voters who elected Trump feel they are ignored by our government in Washington, and they saw Trump as the way to make their voices heard.  If Trump is denied the presidency, this base of people would become enraged.

I have come to accept the notion that Trump will be my president, your president, and every other citizen’s president Jan. 20.  It wasn’t easy to accept, but what ultimately opened my mind was Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” said Clinton in her concession speech Nov. 9. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

We do indeed owe Trump an open mind and a chance to lead. He may be a good president. I don’t think he will be, but you never know.  

If Trump isn’t a good president, he will not be re-elected in four years.  He could even be impeached while still completing his first term if deemed necessary by the U.S. Congress.

The next couple of months, yet alone the years following, will be quite interesting  The next four years are Trump’s to be had.  I have written before that he is inheriting a strong economy, and he has potential to improve it.  

If Trump is not successful, the American people will be able to say, “you’re fired,” to Donald Trump in 2020.