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Friday, April 15, 2016

Don't Believe Their Rhetoric. It's Stealing Your Rights.

Here's the Nonsense:  The political parties are private organizations and they can set their rules any way they want.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The parties have fooled Americans into buying their rhetoric.  The fact is that they have taken control of the system by setting themselves up as the arbiter of who can decide what's best for America... and it's not the voters!

There's a critical problem in America that must be dealt with if Americans are ever going to turn this nation around and put our government back in the hands of the people.  America's problems are more than just the government being out of control.  Both Republican and Democrat political parties are out of control.  And by "out of control" I mean:

  • that they are doing things are amount to nothing more than insanity
  • that we, the people, have lost control of the parties

Don't get caught by the rhetoric they're trying to sell you.  They want you to settle down and just think, "Oh yeah, I guess I was wrong.  The parties are private organizations and they can set the rules the way they want."  

In an effort to bring voters into line with their recent actions, Republican party insiders argue that the party is a private organization that can set its own rules.  While that may be true, in our nation our government is to be run by politicians chosen by the people.  But the party has manipulated their organization to such a point that they choose who will be the candidates and they set up rules that keep the voters from having control over them.  

This isn't about whether a current candidate follows the rules set up by the Republican party.  This is about those in control of the Republican party setting up a system that has disenfranchised voters and taken away their right to choose their candidate.  

Where's the outrage?  Which candidates are standing up for your right to choose who will be your candidate?  Do you realize that by not allowing you, the voters, to choose the candidate, that results in you not having a choice in who runs our government?

Only one candidate is speaking out about this.  His detractors are saying he's whining.  But he's so far in the lead that he's the only candidate that has any chance at winning the nomination through the voice of the people.  That candidate, obviously, is Donald Trump.

And Trump has written a very interesting op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that every voter should read.  It talks about how the right to vote for the Republican nominee was taken away from the voters in Colorado.  That op-ed is called Let Me Ask America A Question and in it Trump says:

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....
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.
No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice.
Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.
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?...
What we are seeing now is not a proper use of the rules, but a flagrant abuse of the rules. Delegates are supposed to reflect the decisions of voters, but the system is being rigged by party operatives with “double-agent” delegates who reject the decision of voters.
The American people can have no faith in such a system. It must be reformed.
To read the entire op-ed, which I highly recommend, click here to see if on the Wall Street Journal's site.