From History Central:
“Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers:
It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by 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. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.”
In effect the Founding Fathers were greatly concerned that the general masses might vote for candidates with interests contrary to their own…many were wealthy, landholding, slave owning members of the elite. So as hitest suggests they instituted a mechanism that was somewhat self-protective. In effect, there is no direct democracy in the election of a President in the U.S. The general masses vote for those who will vote for them in an electoral college Presidential decision.
Unless I’m mistaken the selection of the members of the electoral college is open to manipulation (through disenfranchisement, gerrymandering etc.) since the process is decided at the state level. Does anyone remember the recent well financed Republican push for voter suppression?
Sadly, by accepting that it was the ‘alt-right’, ‘Putin’s influence’, or an attempt to return the Presidency into the hands of an American (birther movement), ignores the fact that affluence has great influence in the electoral process.
Unhappily our Federal and Provincial systems are open to similar influences.
PS since royalties have fallen off on the Federalist Papers, Hamilton has been raking it in with his autobiographical musical.