WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 – What happens when one person is allowed to win a presidential primary election by completely defrauding the election process itself?
This country was built on an election system designed to give equal opportunity for those running for office to present and prove themselves as viable candidates. It is a process that provides those wishing to serve their country in the political arena a chance to obtain votes to fulfill that wish.
It is a process that allows citizens of America to vote and elect the leader of their choice. It is a practical and traditional process that has been utilized for centuries.
When someone bastardizes that process, it reveals the true nature of the defrauder as well as the political party behind him. All integrity is lost.
America’s political system was something that most Americans believed in, that is, until the 2016 presidential campaign season began. This cycle demonstrates just how rapidly a freedom fought hard for can be dismissed without a second thought.
Who is to blame for this erosion? Is it the candidate? The person in the forefront who holds the attention of the public while making promises? The one who readily gives his solemn word to uphold this coveted office with the utmost honesty and transparency?
Or does the fault lie with a party that many feel has become a standing example for the word “corrupt”?
Extreme deceit has surfaced most recently at the Colorado Republican Convention, where Larry Wayne Lindsey was removed as a delegate from the Colorado GOP delegate list because he voted for Donald Trump.
Lindsey has been a GOP Republican delegate in Douglas County for 15 years and a member of the Republican Party his whole life.
Lindsey was also denied access to the delegate vote and claims he was replaced because of his vote for Trump. Another delegate, #379, was not listed while a photo of the ballot used showed a Cruz delegate (#378) listed twice.
Colorado has 64 counties. Trump won 37 of these counties (57.8 percent), and Cruz won 24 (37.5 percent). Yet Trump got only six delegate votes while Cruz received 33. After the final vote the following was tweeted at 10:07 p.m. April 9, 2016, by the Colorado GOP: “We did it #Never Trump.”
An extremely appalled Geoff Ross, a former political commentator for Fox News Radio, has issued a letter to the Douglas County Colorado GOP Republicans, chairman Tanne Blackburn and vice chairman Brad Wann, informing them of his intent to bring their actions to the attention of journalists and speakers, such as Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Brigitte Gabrielle, to name only a few.
What has happened to our values as a nation when we can no longer trust, much less rely on, the backbone of our election process? How do citizens come to grips with the fact that their votes are being tampered with? How are they supposed to respond when a party they have been proudly associated with for years proves their only interest is in who they deem acceptable, with no regard for what the majority of citizens want?
How does one group of people get away with deciding that because they don’t like what one candidate stands for, they do not deserve a chance to be chosen by the people? Where is it written in our election process that all votes for one candidate may be disregarded in favor for another?
Many Americans believe we have arrived at a point in our existence, as a nation, where our republic no longer represents “of, for and by the people.” It merely follows those who place themselves on a pedestal of deceit and morbid political decay as they dictate the future of our once great country.
And each time promising candidates, especially non-politicians who are extremely popular, (i.e., Dr. Ben Carson) step up and attempt to make a way for this nation to regain its ability to recover from a certain demise, they are forced out of the race. Why? Some say it is because they cannot be controlled by the established party they run for or they will not give in to its demands.
Has corruption of the parties exceeded their boundaries and abused what power they have? Does the act of one party paying people to protest an opposing party’s candidate serve as proof? Or does the erasure of a delegate for voting who he wants instead of who the party wants show aggressive bias? Of course it does.
But the important question that lies in the minds of Americans is this: How can it be stopped, and who is willing to step up and do it? Until someone does, more Republicans may follow Lindsey of Colorado in finding another party.