Now that the American people are awake and are paying attention to the full political process for the first time in over 100 years, it seems, what the Republican Party pulled in Colorado over the weekend is beginning to be the rallying cry for why the people no longer trust the group in charge. See, the Republican Party has been making itself clear that THEY do the nominating of their candidate regardless of the popular vote. Okay, fine, if that’s the case, why bother with letting the people vote in any state?
We’ll get back to that.
My new favorite word is OLIGARCHY meaning “a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.” Sort of like…the combined Democratic and Republican Parties and their funders controlling the federal government. Here in the United States, which is supposedly a Republic (well, it is in name anyway), the way the place really operates is around money. Specifically, the money belonging to the people at the top of the food chain. They pay lobbyists to convince the “lawmakers” who are supposedly elected by the people to look out for the people’s interests to look out for their interests instead.
(They also pay the mainstream media and some “alternative sites” to push chosen narratives as well. All kinds of conflicts of interest on conservative favorites can be found here.)
Not that this is really all that different than any other country out there, but in the United States in the last 40-50 years, coupling this with little or no trade barriers to entry into the country, but with plenty of trade barriers to the other countries on the planet where labor costs are lower, and the markets aren’t nearly as lucrative, the people controlling the government – that would be the OLIGARCHY – conveniently have things set up so that they can still profit while the rest of us…. [Each reader may finish their sentence on his or her own.]
In the last few days “oligarchy” has popped up multiple times on the blogosphere (do NOT trust MSM sources for accuracy any more). One commenter called the U.S. a “corporate” oligarchy, meaning that big business was at the helm. Another blogger, actually, used the word “nihilist” meaning “the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.” In the case of the American oligarchy, religion is effectively a non-factor unless it is used politically (which it should not be) and moral principles have been effectively neutered. To be technical, the oligarchy may well be simply globalist, since both corporatism and nihilism apply to that construct.
Bottom line: in the USA, the political parties operate as machines and get their way with the same results we have been seeing in the big cities for over 100 years. Tammany Hall hasn’t died. It’s just gone national. And now, we clearly see it in both parties when the Republican version was not exposed to the naked eye – or bad publicity – for quite a while.
Skipping over some relevant history of the 1920 Republican Convention, and the entire 1912 election, and any number of others where the same crap was pulled and the oligarchy got away with this kind of thing all the time because there was no such thing as readily available social media. Content in the news media was tightly controlled until 20 years ago. Sit down and really think about it, and the reason WHY Colorado – and all the voter fraud that has been glossed over in other states – is an issue, is because participants can take their stories directly to their fellow citizens without the filter of a reporter, and an editorial board – and the myths that the oligarchy have been feeding the masses for decades are falling apart.
(Trump calls this the system being rigged without explaining exactly how. He does need to be more explicit.)
In former days, yes, the people had the vote, but the question really has always been who is counting the ballots, and this is no different. What 2016 has done – and Colorado has exposed – is that the will of the oligarchy prevails vote or no vote. Which begs the question, why bother letting people vote and maintaining the illusion that one’s vote actually counts? Apologists for the party and the system will say, well these rules have been in place for XX years. Yes, but if the party chooses the nominee, why have popular votes?
That’s the question that needs answering, as does why is this the nomination process in the first place. (And, yeah, it’s been this bad since before the Civil War if you really research it.)
It is true that the American election system is convoluted. To be honest, that the people vote for president at all in a general election is a courtesy given by the states themselves. That office is technically elected by the state legislatures who then divide up their electors for the electoral college as they please. Winner take all is not necessary. We all understand that, as that process is open and transparent. It sits in the Constitution and after 700 attempts to get rid of it, it still sits there.
Party oligarchies are a different story. The 100 different systems for party nominations aren’t law at all, just rules made up by a subjective group of people. They can be changed at any time, and they have been, usually to make the primary and caucus process spit out the desired candidate at the other end. The process is normally hammered out behind closed doors with little or no fanfare so as to not attract attention to the rigging, hence the label “arcane.” This is nothing more than machine politics, and at this time in history, with an educated accent.
What has been pointed out is that this is dirty pool given that the people have been assured that their votes count. At the primary and caucus level, they don’t. Which essentially means, that at the federal level of government, the people are shut out if they do not want to vote for any of the offered slate of candidates in office from the major parties. This may well be why such a small percentage of the electorate actually participates – an advantage in machine politics where every vote really does count if the choices are equally bad. A smaller number of voters makes it easier to manipulate the system.
What has prompted this year’s sandbox spat is that one candidate is actually talking about the issues Americans want to hear about for a change, unlike the offerings connected to the oligarchy, and challenges the way the oligarchy has been running, and ruining, the country. And the oligarchy doesn’t like that. They are doing everything possible to shut the man up. He is pointing out how the nation is being raped and bankrupted, and how the people in charge are maintaining control. That’s what Colorado is all about. And that is what the people are coming to truly understand, and are revolting against.