Not that most of America didn’t know that the political system was crooked, but so long as the people were allowed to vote, the illusion that the U.S. government was made up by the people and for the people was intact.
Yeah, after all the delegate stealing and what happened over the weekend in Colorado – where the party decided to choose who gets delegates rather than having a state wide vote – that bubble burst. (Okay, they decided no straw poll long ago, but still.)
See, the issue isn’t that Ted Cruz knows the insider game (it’s more likely the party is pulling the strings, and using him as a placeholder) and is able to woo so many people. It’s not even that, as Trump Convention Manager Paul Manafort put it, Trump didn’t play in Colorado. The problem with the primary/caucus system is that there is no transparency to the delegate selection process, and that the voters can vote, but the parties really control the way it all goes down.
That’s the thrust of this reaction to the GOP betrayal of the people.
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And, even if this writer and so many others are vehemently opposed to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump is exactly right about the Democratic Party and the superdelegates. The reality was that most of them were sewn up for Hillary long before the campaigns began. That was reported many places. And, if the illusion of any sort of democratic selection system is to be maintained, that construct needs to go.
If the people in charge of the parties want to choose their nominee, then they should say that outright. Why allow open primaries where the people can make their voices heard? (This is actually a tactic to weed out formidable competition that is utilized at other levels of government. Like, this is how we in Missouri have Blondie, uh, Claire McCaskill as a senator. The Democrats primaried the best candidate the last time she was up for re-election.) The other issue in Colorado was at least one man who was on the delegate ballot was left off, and there was no attempt to rectify that. The former chair of the Colorado GOP is decidedly not happy about the shenanigans that happened over the weekend, either.
When it comes down to it, what 2016 has done, if nothing else, is lift the veil on how the American people are being bamboozled. Well, for those who choose to see it. It’s not about the ground game or playing it or even knowing how. It’s that the aura of democratic choice is fake. Trump is right. The system is rigged.