Friday, April 15, 2016

Colorado Voters Were Disenfranchised. Who is next?

Donald Trump wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred. 
A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined. 
In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. “These are the rules,” we were told over and over again. If the “rules” can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it. 
Let me ask America a question: How has the “system” been working out for you and your family?
This isn't about who you like or don't like. I don't care if you don't like or support Trump. The fact that they can do it to him means they can do it to everybody. Why even pretend to have elections? The elite might as well just appoint whomever they want without the show. The fact is, there are plenty of people who for whatever reason believe out of the choices available, Trump is the best one. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders is getting a lot of support. Hillary is a pretty well-connected insider. What if the party starts cutting Bernie out of the vote in some states? If the Republicucks can do it, surely the Demonicans will be next in line to try.

The US has never been a democracy. It has always been a republic. Democracy is a horrible form of government. It's a poor way to run a family much less a nation. But, the "party line" is "we're a democracy!" No, we're not. Benjamin Franklin, coming out of the Constitutional Convention, was asked by a woman "What sort of government shall we have, Mr. Franklin?" His response was "A republic, if you can keep it."

I tried to find the YouTube clip of a Republicuck insider saying the party determines the nominee, not the voters. I can't locate it. I even looked through Mark Dice's channel, figuring he would have commented on it. In the video, the hostess asked him "Then why bother voting?" He responded, "That's a good question."

I don't consider myself either a Republicuck or a Demonican. I grew up as an "Air Force Brat" during the Carter and Reagan years. I wrote George H.W. Bush "Read my lips; no new taxes" off to being bullied by a Democrat Congress into breaking his campaign pledge. It was during his son's years that I realized whatever I believed politically, the Republicuck insiders did not believe it as well, and did not represent me. I've since drifted into libertarian and anarchist type circles. If nothing else, Trump's candidacy is showing what a controlled farce the American political system has become.

And finally, a word about conspiracies. Most people are hesitant to believe that conspiracies exist in any way, shape or form. I personally think their cognitive dissonance has them believing if they accept that the two party system is conspiring to keep its own power, then they also have to accept lizard aliens and UFOs and all that stuff. No, you don't, you idiots. You can take each and every one on its own merits and evidence. If I conspire with your friend to beat you up and take your lunch money, that doesn't mean accepting it means you also now believe lizard aliens inhabit the Earth's core.
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