Today, the voters of the electoral college will gather in state capitals to decide whether or not Donald J. Trump is actually going to become our next president. Many states, however, have passed laws that make it illegal for voters to side against the state’s popular vote choice, which flies in the face of having an electoral college at all.
While those laws have never been enforced, fearful Republican governments may decide to do so in a shameful attempt to intimidate the electoral college voters – many of whom are everyday citizens who might not be able to afford to pay a heavy fine for voting their conscience.
Thankfully, famed Democratic activist and documentarian Michael Moore has a solution: he’ll pay the fines himself! In a viral Facebook post, Moore declared his intention and begged Republican electors to do the right thing.
Tomorrow is the day you are supposed to gather with your fellow electors and choose the next President of the United States. I am not going to ask you to vote for the person who got the most votes (although I will not be upset should you chose to side with the majority of your fellow Americans and do so!).
No, I’m simply asking you to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.
But some states have made it “illegal” for you to vote any other way than for Trump. If you don’t vote for him, your state will fine you $1,000. So here’s my offer to you: I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up pay your fine which is my legal right to do.
It’s critically important that every elector has the full freedom to make the right choice for America. Donald Trump has done nothing but remind us why he is monstrously unfit to lead this nation. He’s already playing havoc with the economy with his tweets and he’s put our national security in danger by unnessessarily provoking China. He’s assembled a cabinet of greedy billionaires and deranged ideologues, is set to run the most corrupt administration in our history, and can’t even be bothered to attend his own intelligence briefings.
Electors of America, please make the right decision. Don’t force Trump on us. The future of the country as we know it is at stake.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.