Thursday, November 10, 2016

Alexander Hamilton on the Electoral College (via Mark Teeter on Facebook)

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AHAHA! Alexander Hamilton, 18th c. Publick Comedian:
"The process of election [through an Electoral College] affords a moral certainty that the office of President will never fall to any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. There will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue." -- “The Modes of Electing the President," The Federalist Papers (No. 68), 1788
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