Democracy trampled in Colorado

Democracy trampled in Colorado

In Colorado, the GOP showed that it doesn't care about voters; this isn't about stopping Trump or supporting Cruz, but about keeping control of the Republican Party.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13, 2016 — Democracy has been trampled in Colorado. The Colorado GOP demonstrated to the country last weekend that they would salvage their party as best as they could by eliminating a legitimate public vote.

The GOP is the contemporary version of the party of Lincoln. But Honest Abe would have been horrified to see the travesty wrought by this current gang of political hacks, whose behavior does not reflect the concept of a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The Colorado GOP just made a mockery of that notion.

The Colorado Republican Party created a controversial and complicated appointment system for delegates to the GOP National Convention. The procedures lets an inner circle of Party activists chose 34 delegates; all are Cruz loyalists.

Other GOP state primaries and caucuses select delegates in a general vote. Colorado State Republican Party Chairman Steve House was quoted as saying that Ted Cruz “worked hard” to gain the delegates, as if he were out meeting voters and digging post holes as opposed to courting corrupt insiders in the Colorado GOP.

House admitted he “doesn’t like” the appointment system, but he defended it as in no way “manipulated or underhanded.” But the system is like a basketball game in which the officials decide beforehand who will win, and all the calls go against the designated losers. It has the appearance of a fair contest, but it is not.

Most people will agree that this is not as important as basketball; it is just about selecting the next president of the United States. But whether the delegates were selected fairly is beside the point. Is voting such a foreign or antiquated notion nowadays?

When Americans cannot tell the difference between tyranny and freedom, it is an ominous time for the nation. But people may never know—news of this travesty treats it as unimportant—did anyone expect voting in an election? The decision of the Colorado GOP to ignore voter rights is reminiscent of the days of the Civil Rights movement.

Colorado GOP burns the right of one man, one vote

Attempting to put lipstick on this pig is doomed to fail; yet many talk show hosts and media personalities are trying to do just that—when they discuss it at all.

As people learn of the Colorado no-vote victory for Cruz, it becomes easier to identify those in the media who want to convince people that they didn’t just witness the abolition of popular voting in one American state. Instead of pretending it is business as usual, the media should expose the GOP’s control over their operatives. But instead they treat it as a victory for shrewd political tactics that allowed the Colorado GOP to avoid the unthinkable: letting an outsider into the “good ole party” club.

Cruz was obviously proud of himself for winning Colorado’s delegates. He has demonstrated that his political ground game is well organized and fully capable of such a stunning victory—in the sense of leaving voters stunned that their voices did not matter.

Cruz heckled Trump in California, saying, “Donald, it ain’t stealing when the voters vote against you. It is the voters reclaiming this country and reclaiming sanity.” The hypocrisy of this statement is clear.

What happened in Colorado is big party politics at its most ruthless—legal, but unconcerned with the consent of the people. Obamacare is legal, but it resulted from the same ruthless politics. Washington insiders’ scorn for voters is why outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson entered the White House race. The establishment GOP ignored Carson’s run; on the other extreme, they have entered into a civil war with Trump.

Some Republicans now say they would rather vote for Clinton or Sanders than for Trump. As willing as Congress has been to rubber stamp whatever the Democrats want, that’s not surprising; Republicans already support Democratic politics in Washington. They also admire the power of the Clinton machine; after all, she is still out campaigning, and not yet behind bars.

In this election year, outsiders have exposed the real GOP and the real American political process. The establishment GOP is more concerned with power and status than with the people; it’s not a party for the common American. Any hint to the contrary is an illusion.

Trump is correct in his assessment of the events. He said of Colorado:

“There’s so much—the people all wanted to vote. They took away their votes … I think it’s going to come back to haunt them because people aren’t going take it anymore. We’re not going to take it anymore. It’s a corrupt system. It’s a totally corrupt, rigged system.”

The effort to stop Trump isn’t about his crassness, his insults, his non-conservative ideology; it isn’t about choosing a better candidate. It is only about maintaining control and status in the GOP. It is about stopping Trump because he represents the biggest threat to business as usual in the “Good Ole Party” boy’s club.

Ted Cruz should be ashamed of himself for pretending it’s okay to deny people the vote, even in a presidential primary. He tricked Carson supporters in Iowa; in Colorado, his campaign has learned to bypass the people altogether.

Ordinary Colorado Republicans were the real losers, not Donald Trump. Trump is right: Colorado Republicans were disenfranchised.

Why does the GOP bother to make it look like the people have anything to do with the nomination process? The Democrats give short shrift to voters, but they still hold votes; they just supersede them with super delegates.

Colorado is a portent of a brokered GOP convention. The 2016 election campaign does not reflect a democratic political process; it is oligarchical. To hell with the ignorant masses.

As Ben Carson said,“By their fruits you will know them.” We must learn to see those fruits for what they really are, not what we want them to be.

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