Even after four years, and two national presidential campaigns there is still a lot we don’t know about the man who sits in the White House. We only get edited versions of what is held out to be the truth. We are left wondering what the heck just happened.
The Founding Fathers might not qualify to be psychic, and what they wrote might even be blind luck, but there is an answer to those questions in the U.S. Constitution, if we have the wit to make use of it.
Keep in mind that when we go into the voting booth every four years to vote for the President, we’re not actually voting for the man or woman running for office, we are actually voting for a slate of “electors” who will then vote in the electoral college to really determine the winner.
And why is this seemingly insignificant difference important? The constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1, states
“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, 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.” (emphasis added)
“…in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct…” Those nine words open a world of opportunities. Presidential candidates would then be constitutionally required to reveal basic information about themselves for all citizens to see before they would be allowed to have any electors selected for their candidacy. This basic information, defined by the relevant state legislature, might include items such as:
- Proof that the candidate is a natural born citizen
- College transcripts for the candidate, certified by the college that issues them.
- Lists of any papers written by the candidate either alone or with a co-author or co-authors.
- Net worth of the candidate.
If, for example, the certified transcripts from a college are falsified in any way, the president of the college, all the trustees of the college as well as the individual who actually created the false transcript will all be charged with election fraud with a potential penalty of 5 to 7 years, without allowing judges to modify the sentence to timed served or other such silliness. The same would apply to the auditors of a certified financial statement of net worth, or the Secretary of State of a state certifying a birth certificate as being true and complete.
Think of it as “Truth in Advertising” applied to politics. Candidates who are unwilling to provide this information would not get a spot on the ballot.