On March 12, 1799, Alexander Hamilton published Federalist Paper No. 68, which explained that the Electoral College was designed to prevent the catastrophe that this Country now faces, namely, the ascendency to the Presidency of a person who is unqualified to hold that high office. With the announcement of the CIA Report the election of Donald Trump may also well be the product of foreign interference and meddling in the electoral system, exactly what our founder tried to avoid by establishing the Electoral College.
Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68 that the electoral college was specifically designed to prevent the election of a President who was the product of a “cabal, intrigue, and corruption,” and to thwart any attempt by “deadly adversaries of republican government … [and] foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”
Hamilton envisioned that an existential crisis might emerge for the new Republic where a foreign power could take control of the United States by “raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union …[by] tamper[ing] with [the election process] beforehand to [cause voters to] prostitute their votes…” for the sole purpose of electing a President secretly chosen by that foreign power.
In such a dark and dangerous situation, where a foreign power has rigged the election, the Electors would then save the day and the Republic. They would do this by exercising their independent judgment and common sense to prevent the election to the Presidency of a person selected primarily by that foreign power, and not by the will of the People of the United States:
Thus without corrupting the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election [i.e. the Electors] will at least enter upon the task free from any sinister bias. Their transient existence, and their detached situation, already taken notice of, afford a satisfactory prospect of their continuing so, to the conclusion of it, [i.e., the selection of a qualified candidate for the Presidency who is not the product of foreign meddling].
Hamilton emphasized the importance of the task delegated to the Electors by the various states and by the entire Union since they are to be “a special body of representatives, deputed by the society for the single purpose of making the important choice.” Hamilton described the mission of the Electors to be one of “moral certainty, [in order to guarantee] 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 and who does not merely possess “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity.]”
Two hundred and twenty-eight years later after Federalist 68 was written, the Electoral College will have the solemn and awesome responsibility of deciding whether Donald Trump, an unqualified candidate for the Presidency be elected. Donald Trump who is poised to ascend to this high office based on not only his “talents for low intrigue” but, more significantly, as a result of outright cyber warfare. There is no longer any doubt that there was illegal hacking of critical databases and a concerted campaign of disinformation by the intelligence services of the Russian Government. This effort was led by Russian’s autocratic leader, Vladimir Putin. His intention was to not only disrupt the 2016 Presidential election and to undermine confidence in the American electoral process, but to specifically elect a man who has demonstrated time and time again that he is prepared to compromise vital U.S. interests both at home and around the globe. These interest include supporting Russian interest in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and the Baltic Republics who are members of NATO. Trump is only interested in one thing, serving the long-term tactical and strategic interests of Russia and President Putin.
If the Electoral College does not do its job and prevent Donald J. Trump from taking office, America will be faced with a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Vladimir Putin will have achieved an espionage coup beyond even his wildest dreams: a Manchurian Candidate in the White House!

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