If Republicans pull some convention maneuvering to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump, wouldn’t that thwart the will of the people? Well, historian Andrew Trees shows that the Founders of our nation who wrote the Constitution believed that the will of the people often needed to be thwarted, or at least checked and balanced. The Founders feared that the public would be tempted to vote according to their “passions,” thus allowing themselves to be manipulated by a “demagogue” who would stir up these passions to put himself into power. (Sound familiar?) This is why the Founders built non-Democratic safeguards into our Republic, such as having the president be elected not by the public but by the Electoral College.
Many of those safeguards have been gotten rid of, unfortunately. (Perhaps the coming debacle will encourage us to bring them back: If political parties are corrupt, something both angry voters today and the original Founders would agree on, let’s remove the presidency from politics. Let’s vote state-by-state for delegates to the Electoral College, without any of them stating whom they would be voting for. They would then deliberate on who would be the best person for the job. That would be returning to what the Founders intended.) [Read more…]