by Paul Moomjean
It took almost 11 months, but I finally agree with Donald Trump on a political idea. After the Colorado GOP primary “vote” Trump barked out the truth conspiracy theorists have been saying for years: the system is rigged. “Our Republican system is absolutely rigged. It’s a phony deal,” he said. “They wanted to keep people out. This is a dirty trick.” What Trump is referring to, of course, is the Colorado primary where there were no actual voters. The argument is that these are the “rules” that the GOP created, and these rules can be made up by the party any way it chooses. But how can there be an election without an election? What makes the Colorado primary so scary is that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got 34 delegates without a single vote being cast? Upon further investigation, it appears on April 9, members of the Colorado GOP forbid delegates from voting for Trump due to his outlandish behavior. While I am a fan of the Never Trump movement, I’m a bigger fan of democracy and the will of the people. If the American people want to shoot themselves in the foot, then let them, but don’t steal their right to do so.
Sadly, the real issue here is establishment politics. Both the Democratic and the Republican establishments, through this election cycle, are showing that the system was always rigged. While I believe the DNC was smarter to control and convince certain politicians to run and not run, I believe the RNC is proving that it has more control than it wants to lead on to. The outsider isn’t welcome in today’s politics, and the system has proven that through “voter-free” elections and superdelegates. If the outcome is already decided, why have the primary façade to begin with? Trump went on to defend the scheming on the DNC’s part as well.
“So I watch Bernie, he wins. He wins. He keeps winning, winning. And then I see, he’s got no chance. They always say he’s got no chance. Why doesn’t he have a chance? Because the system is corrupt,” Trump said.
While I like John Kasich and would vote for him in a general election, the idea that he could take the nomination in the end through the GOP establishment by offering deals to delegates in the second or third vote of the convention is a disturbing thought. If the Republicans want to fracture the party completely, then this way of stopping democracy is the way to go.
Once again, Trump proves his point: “What they’re doing, and whether it’s me, or whether it’s Bernie Sanders, when I look at it, and I see all of these victories that I have and all of these victories that he’s got, and then you look at the establishment, and I want to tell you, it’s a corrupt deal going on in this country, and it’s not good. It’s not fair to you people.”
At this point in the game I am saddened that conservatives narrowed it down to the scariest two of the bunch. The only person more terrifying would be Sarah Palin, and she’s looking as a possible VP pick for Trump.
I understand the establishment wants to keep a RINO like Trump off the ticket, so then create rules about who can run as a member of the party. Maybe they have to be registered for at least four years as a party member? There’s an idea. And a rule that many could get behind, as Trump could have ran as a third party and who knows how the cycle would have played out.
The DNC is just as bad, as Bernie Sanders is winning the states but splitting the delegates. I understand that’s the system, but what this election is proving is that the system is rigged and extremely flawed and establishment ran, not voter driven.
But in the end, voting must matter. Primaries should count. The 1,900 progressives saw the importance of one vote per person in deciding who will lead the free world. Sadly, the only person who looks like a true proponent of that is Trump right now, and while he would be a terrible president, he’s right now the only advocate for voter rights.