Friday, December 9, 2016

Election 2016: Texas Elector Art Sisneros Resigns

Election 2016: Texas Elector Art Sisneros Resigns
By James Baxley
The Electoral College will cast 538 votes for president in December. Texas will have 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump, unless you factor in the possible faithless elector Chris Suprun, then Trump will receive 37 votes and a mystery person will receive one electoral vote. 

In an interview with NPR on December 7, Art Sisneros, a Texas Republican party’s elector for the 36th district says “I came to the conclusion, well, I can't vote for Donald Trump. I don't, in good conscience, think that he's qualified.” Sisneros continues, “I was really still weighing in how I was going to cast my vote. And so I come at it from a Christian perspective. So I say, OK, what are the moral implications of my vote?”


 He reiterates his thoughts in a Politico interview with Kyle Cheney on November 28, “I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.” Sisneros has hinted at in other interviews that he believes as a Christian, he felt he could not vote for Trump based on the president-elect’s character.

So, the implication of his words are that Trump is too immoral to be president and would dishonor God. The chilling undertone to his remarks, whether Sisneros realizes it or not is that Hillary Clinton is the “morally superior” candidate to Trump and should be the 45th President of the United States.

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It is true that Trump isn’t qualified in having any political experience if one is disqualifying him for never holding a position in a public office or not having any foreign policy experience. But according to the Constitution, the only requirement is to be a “natural born citizen and has attained the age of thirty five years.”

Article Two, Section 1 of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as President of the United States:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

 In having no experience and being an outsider, Trump owes nobody any favors and comes with no political baggage. Clinton on the other hand comes with baggage, baggage, and more baggage. She comes with many controversies surrounding her such as: 

Clinton's email server debacle and Benghazi scandal as Secretary of State; the Clinton Foundation allegedly took donations from foreign governments such as Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia; “Travelgate;” her commodities trading; and her influence over her husband’s controversial late-term pardons. Maybe it’s me, but this doesn’t sound like somebody who is “morally superior.”
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In speaking to Houston Public Media, Sisneros says:

“They want their popular vote across the state counted. They do not care about the authority of the office of an Elector. As long as they have someone to do what the people demand, they don’t care who it is. … That is evidence alone to prove that our republic is lost. The shell may remain, but in the hearts of the people and functionality of the system our republic is gone. God’s Word is clear we should all ‘let our ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and our ‘no’s, ‘no.’”

“In the hearts of the people, they want one voice, one vote,” Sisneros says. “They want a true democracy, a pure democracy. … They no longer view it as a representative government. The representatives are there to do what the people want. What the people demand.”

I have to hand it to Sisneros though, at least he resigned instead of failing the great people of Texas.