On January 6: Is Congress a Council or a Parliament?

Has anything been learned by anyone in these United States about January 6, 2021? Why are there so many Americans who want to abolish the current “Democratic-Republican Electoral College,” when it can always be reformed as a Federalist Electoral College to reflect its true origins?

I have yet to find a single American adherent of Jeffersonianism who actually realizes the real significance of that afternoon in American history. Other than the United States, there are only three places in Western Civilization where there is some variation of an Electoral College: Catholic Church, German Reich, Prussia.

  • The Catholic Church’s Electoral College is called the “College of Cardinals.” The Cardinals convene whenever the Chair of St. Peter is vacant, electing one of their own to become the next Pope
  • The German Reich’s Kurfürstenkollegium (Electoral College) is convened by the Reichstag, where the Kurfürsten (Prince-Electors) shall elect the next Kaiser of the German Reich, who would then be coronated by the Pope.
  • The Prussian Kurfürstenkollegium is related to its Council Democracy, which has gone on to be later adopted by most Socialist regimes like the Soviet Union, the PRC, the DPRK and Cuba. Here, the People’s Party act as the Electoral College on behalf of the Totality which they govern. Vladimir Lenin essentially brought this version up to contemporary standards by stressing for a “Vanguard” in charge of the People’s Party in What is to be Done?.

The specific language that Alexander Hamilton chose to describe the US Electoral College in Federalist Paper No. 68 (“The Mode of Electing the President”) is very odd by American standards. It is almost as if he was somehow insisting that the US Electoral College is meant to be a combination of the German Reich and Prussian versions of the Electoral College. But instead of His Holiness, the Pope, coronating the President of the United States, the American people coronates the President by accepting the results of the Presidential Election and allowing the transition of power.

It may seem like an oddity or a bizarre way of describing the US Congress, but the language employed by Hamilton in Federalist Paper No. 68 is suggestive of a combination between the German Reich’s and the Prussian Electoral Colleges. In essence, the US is supposed to be a Council Democracy where the Federal government’s Congress of Councils (a staple in the USSR, DPRK, PRC, and Vietnam) has a People’s Party convening over the “Federal Electoral College.” Since the current Electoral College, where the States elect the President, has reached its natural limits because the Electoral Vote will always the decisive factor for any Electoral College, Hamilton had specifically recommended moving the Electoral College to Congress (or, in the case of the German Reich, the Reichstag).

This is self-evident when he specifically stated that the Federal Electoral College must be defended against all foreign Kapital and hostile subversion. That literally smacks of references to the House of Hohenzollern’s experiences with the German Reich’s Electoral College prior to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Martin Luther was the one who got the ball rolling in the German Reich back in those days, culminating in the Peace of Augsburg, where States in the Reich were free to choose Roman Catholicism or Lutheranism as their official religion. The good news about the German Reich’s version is that the it lasted for centuries and was only abolished by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th century.

Everything that I had written here is unknown to most Americans because an Electoral College is integral to a functioning Council Democracy. The current conception of Congress as of late is operating as a Liberal Capitalist Parliamentary Democracy, which in practice perverts any Electoral College based on of those three variants.

As for the nine political ideologies behind Hamiltonianism, specifically for Ultramontanism, it is highly ironic for that incident to have taken place on January 6, just one day after the Feast Day of St. Johann Nepomuk Neumann, CSsR on January 5, and two days after the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, SC on January 4. This is because both Saints are also considered to be the “Patron Saints of American Catholic Education.” The exact timing is symbolic because that day can be seen as a day of classroom instruction about the American Way of Life. Even if one is not Roman Catholic, which I assume most of my international readers are not, I had recently argued that there is something Socialistic about those two Saints for the purposes of Hamiltonianism, the US Constitution, and the Federal government itself.

St. Johann Neumann, CSsR
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, SC

Therefore, in retrospect, the events on January 6 of this year ought to inform the American people about an looming existential crisis of being in these United States. This crisis pertains to the US Congress and its relationship with the American Electoral College. Since the Jeffersonian presidencies of the 20th century, the US Congress is now languishing from partisanship, gridlock, dysfunction, budgetary sequesters, Federal government shutdowns, groupthink, demagogues, populists, and countless other problems in Parliamentary Democracy. The Democratic-Republican Party inside the House of Representatives and the Senate, by conducting themselves as two parties since the Civil War, have consistently operated Congress as though it were the UK Parliament. But the US is meant to be a Council Democracy with a Federal Electoral College where Congress elects the next President of the United States.

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