Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, stopped Vice President-elect Mike Pence from leaving the theatre last Friday night to make a political pitch.
In his statement, Dixon said, ““We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” His fellow actors stood near by in support.
Pence sat through the tirade, and when it was over, walked out without comment.
The outcry from Dixon and the cast of Hamilton is not unsimilar from other whinings that Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton lost the election, even though she earned more of the popular vote. Hillary lost because she failed to earn enough electoral votes.
The president and the vice president are elected by the electoral college, who is elected by the voters themselves.
Alexander Hamilton designed the electoral college process for two reasons. First, the electoral college functions as a protection of our inalienable rights. Hamilton recognized that Americans must have a say in the election process, and also that, electors would be “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
The electoral worked on the behalf of everyone and gave a voice to the least populous states, especially those from the south with many slaves.
Hamilton also knew that without an electoral college, a decision based entirely on popular vote would bring the wrong candidate to the presidency.
In Federalist No. 68, Hamilton wrote, “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.”
The irony is that the Trump-Pence victory upholds the values of America and its president, but Dixon and the cast of Hamilton couldn’t see any farther than their enclosed world of make believe.
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