Democracy Isn’t Dead,
It was Never Alive?
Will the 2016 Election Be a Voter Wake-up Call, or
Business As Usual?
Thanks to the current, successful candidacy of frontrunner Donald Trump, and the resulting uproar and protest against Trump by the GOP Elite and Donor Class , the 2016 Republican Primary process has been lain bare Party National and State level “rules” that are less than democratic (one man one vote). Admittedly, the GOP has nakedly stated that;
“Voters do not select the GOP candidate, the delegates do and the GOP controls the delegates.”
Many of the States’ delegates do not have to vote for the person receiving the most votes, or even a proportional share of the delegate votes based on the popular vote. Lately, Louisiana gave Cruz more delegates than Trump in spite of the fact that Trump was the highest vote getter in the Louisiana primary.
This weekend, the Colorado GOP executive board’s actions accentuated this reliance of rules to ignore the “will of the people”. Colorado did not have a primary election or caucus but had the “delegates” vote to give all of the State’s delegates to Cruz. This while not one Colorado GOP voter actually voted. Even in most states where the delegates are “pledged” to a specific candidate due to the voter’s preference, the delegates are only pledged to that candidate for the first ballot but can vote for someone else in subsequent ballots.
THIS IS WHY CRUZ AND KASICH HAVE JOINED WITH THE GOP INSIDERS AND DONOR CLASS TO KEEP TRUMP FROM GETTING 1,237 DELEGATES BEFORE THE GOP CONVENTION BY USING IDIOSYNCHRACIES OF SOME OF THE STATES’ RULES. IF TRUMP FAILS TO GAIN THE 1,237, THAT WILL THROW THE CONVENTION WIDE OPEN AND MOST OF THE DELEGATES WILL THEN FOLLOW THE GOP PARTY ELITES.
The mistake that Trump made, and hopefully is rectifying, is that he needed to have a team working on the quirks of some of the States who can shift votes to candidates their leadership prefers. Trump needs a solid presence inside of these States even after he seemingly wins the State or he will see his delegates melt before his eyes. Never assume that politics is based on democracy. It is based on power and the powerful. When they feel threatened, you better be prepared.
The irony is, that Ted Cruz is touted as the smartest candidate in the field but he fails to see that the GOP insiders will NEVER allow Cruz to be the GOP nominee. The insiders hate Cruz as much, if not more, than Trump. Cruz is on a self-defeating ego trip by joining with the Stop Trump/Never Trump cartel.
The Colorado GOP/Cruz Impact
Rush Limbaugh addressed the seemingly anti-democratic process in Colorado by saying today that: “This is just somebody (Cruz) who understands the system using it. You know, we could go into a little discussion if you want about insider versus outsider, and I’ve tried to tell people: “These insiders are not just gonna let this stuff go, folks. They’re not just gonna sit idly by and let you take it (GOP Primary) away from ’em. (GOP Insiders)”. So, the “SYSTEM” can be tweaked by someone, probably a lawyer, to your own advantage. Then, the GOP insiders have set up these SYSTEMS so they can control the outcome! Wow, that is not my definition of Democracy. Then, the pundits like Stoddard, Krauthammer, and others, defend the SYSTEM by saying it has been like this forever!
Make no mistake, the Colorado GOP changed their primary rules in August of 2015 with the blessing of the RNC. Each candidate did receive a copy of the Colorado rules and the rules for all of the States
But, the bare fact remains that for both the Democrat and Republican Parties, the primary voting process and the ultimate selection for the two candidates for the highest office in the world, IS NOT DEMOCRATIC!
This needs to change so that whether you are in New York, Iowa, Oregon, Alabama or North Dakota, every citizen has an opportunity to vote for a candidate. That vote should still be tied to a delegate but that vote and that delegate cannot be separated without the consent of the candidate who received the vote.
Thomas Jefferson was right when he said that our democracy would end when the banks and big business control the government. This has already taken place in the United States and has been exposed by the Trump Candidacy and to some degree the Sanders campaign. We have squandered the legacy of the our Revolution and the hard fought liberties that many have died to defend.
The question is whether we, as the citizens of the United States, will take back our country at the ballot box or through a more revolutionary method.