Presidents are to be SELECTED: not ELECTED

The United States has not been served by a Constitutionally selected President during modern times. Our Constitution requires the office of President to be filled by a person who is selected by a group of people who are elected by you and me.

The elected ones are to serve as Electors. The job of Electors is to study to find qualified persons to fill the jobs of President and Vice President.

Can you find evidence in the U.S. Constitution or amendments in any section allowing a popular vote to elect our President or Vice President? Oh, yes: when was the last time you voted for a member of the Electoral College? We are being defrauded. We have not had a proper President or Vice President in our lifetimes.

Here is evidence from the U.S. Constitution. Read this and draw your own conclusion.
Article II Section 1. The executive Power shall be vested in a President … Each State shall appoint ... a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector … The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States. [Note: this section is still in force.]

Twelfth Amendment The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President … The person having the greatest number of votes [of qualified members of the Electoral College] for President, shall be the President ... the representation from each state having one vote ... The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President ... But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President to the United States. [This section is still in force.]

Fifteenth Amendment Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. [Vote for what office? It does not say “Vote for President” except if you are an Elector.]

Nineteenth Amendment The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. [This does not grant the right to vote for President except to Electors.]

Twenty-Fourth Amendment Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax. [But wait: what section of the Constitution granted the “right to vote for President” in the first place? Oh: the sections about the Electoral College. So, this section applies to members of the Electoral College.]

Twenty-Sixth AmendmentSection 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. [Vote for State Legislator or Congress Member, yes: but for President? Only as a member of the Electoral College.]

-- Richard Palmquist
Posted November 17, 2012