Cover photo from the Associated Press
In what might well turn out to be one of his best, and most cogent arguments for the opening of public dialog long overdue when it comes to how the political parties run their business behind the scenes, Donald J. Trump, American billionaire and Republican candidate for president, penned a concise and plainspoken argument as to why Colorado matters and how Senator Ted Cruz, the Canadian Shakespearean actor turned lawyer, is a massive hypocrite. It was published by the Wall Street Journal OpEd page. Some excerpts:
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….
Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado. For a man who styles himself as a warrior against the establishment (you wouldn’t know it from his list of donors and endorsers), you’d think he would be demanding a vote for Coloradans. Instead, Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement.
Likewise, Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district.
One has to admire the eloquence in the plain and non-flowery language of a writer who knows his subject matter. Of course, Mr. Trump had more to say on the matter of party insiders manipulating delegate counts and putting together the system that excludes the voters and then defending it before asking the all important question:
Let me ask America a question:
How has the “system” been working out for you and your family?
I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club—the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests—grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.
And this, just in case the political class is not paying attention, is why Donald Trump is beating them. The man knows what the people want and need and is willing to stake a nomination platform on it. He knows that we out on the fruited plain understand exactly what has been going on, and that we’re ticked off about it. Whether or not he succeeds depends on a variety of factors, we all understand that, but at least we know he’s going to try. That’s more than can be said for most of the other candidates – even Cruz who has flipped on the Trans Pacific Partnership and other topics.
If nothing else in 2016, what Donald Trump has done is rip the curtain away from one smokescreened issue after another until the political establishment really has nowhere to hide, and is perfectly naked in terms of cover. (Some of these issues, We the People didn’t know were issues.) From his piece that is worth reading in its entirety and available without the subscription:
The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.
Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?
Another good question.
We in the United States are in need of reform: we need to take the country back to what made it great. In the last few decades, those protections have been dismantled, and We the People now understand how and the consequences. We also understand that the entrenched forces at the top have no interest in changing the status que. That is why so many Americans support Donald Trump for the presidency.
It would be a good idea for the party elites to take notice.