Reprinted in it’s entirety, with permission from Sam Moore.
The big surprise coming out of today’s electoral college vote was the one, single vote for Ron Paul. With his permission, I have been given the great honor of publicly sharing the identity of the brave Texas Elector who cast that lone ballot for Ron Paul.
But first, everyone should understand the gumption it takes to stand up for something when the world expects you to play a different role. I’ve been chatting with this particular elector for months, and his decision to vote for Ron Paul never wavered the entire time. Was he nervous? Absolutely. Seeing the stories on the news of death threats, removed electors, etc….you’d be stupid not to be nervous and even a bit afraid.
For that reason, my friend has decided to take a vacation starting tonight, so contacting him will be difficult for the next while. Please don’t hesitate to try and reach out to him, though. He deserves all the thanks you can give him.
So why did he do it? I cannot put words into his mouth, but he didn’t do it because he thought Ron Paul would win. We all know better than that. From what he’s shared with me over the past few months however, he did it out of a profound sense of duty. That duty, as one of only 538 Electors, is to choose the best person for the POTUS/VPOTUS, period. That duty does not include the coronation of someone who may not be the best person for the job or the appointment of what they consider simply the lesser-of evil.
The 12th Amendment of the Constitution mandates that electors choose the POTUS/VPOTUS. The popular vote has no bearing on the selection of the POTUS. According to the Constitution, the popular vote the media is in love with doesn’t even exist. This is not common knowledge to most Americans, but it is an important safeguard given to us by our Founding Fathers.
As a professor, this gentleman is well-aware of this often-overlooked fact. I can personally tell you that regardless of the words he would choose to explain his electoral vote, his love for this country, his love for the Constitution, and his love for freedom and liberty was the basis for his decision.
In fact, immediately after the vote, all he wanted to do was return to relative obscurity. No fame-seeking. No grandstanding. Just doing his job, then returning to his life. As it should be.
One vote for Ron Paul. A mere scratch that the news cycle will forget in a day. A lone vote that they are already ignoring. So why do it? Why fight for years to become an Elector, just to (as some would wrongfully claim) ‘throw your vote away?’ The best way for me to explain is via example:
Have you have seen the movie ‘300’? In the movie, the all-powerful giant/god Xerxes was nicked from a spear thrown by a defiant Leonidas. Leonidas chose to fight for what he thought was right up until the last minute of his life, despite the odds. Did anything of direct consequence happen as a result of Leonidas’s spear? Did Xerxes die, get an infection, or cry like a baby? Nope. Both him and all his troops were utterly slaughtered as a result.
However, the people later heard about what Leonidas had done. That act sparked hope within others. Soon, the returned in greater numbers and eventually defeating the tyrant Xerxes for good, winning back their freedom.
My friend voted today, knowing that he may be in a world of political pain from those who don’t understand such things, from those who don’t understand the Constitution, from those who don’t understand intent of the 12th Amendment, or from those who don’t understand deviations from the mainstream narrative. To stand up and do this anyway makes my friend a hero.
@Bill Greene, thank you for casting your vote for peace, liberty, freedom, fiscal responsibility, and a return to following the Constitution. May your one vote be the spear that fans the flames of freedom across the country in elections yet to come.