by James Ray Deaton 4/10/16
They certainly are! It’s clear that old-guard elites of both parties fear freewheeling democracy and the inconvenient choices of the great unwashed masses. I mean, talk radio audience types and base voters of both political parties can really screw up the best laid plans of mice and members (elite party members, that is). Things have not gone well for the national committees of either party.
Hillary’s super-delegate fix on the Democrat side and the anti-Trump machinations of elites on the Republican side reveal that movers and shakers in both parties fear the vote tallies of the Plain People of America. Those ignorant rubes simply refuse to cooperate. The ghost of James Madison is waxing while Jefferson’s wanes.
Yes, the Founders did distrust straight-up democracy and built “mob rule” safeguards into our system of government and presidential elections —representative republic, indirect democracy, the Electoral College and all that. But this primary season has been eye-opening for many voters. Is the system rigged or does it just seem that way?
No matter how many state primaries and caucuses Bernie wins on the Democrat side, Her Royal Thighness remains a pant-suited juggernaut. Thanks to the super-delegate system that rewards party insiders, HRC is way ahead in delegates and Her name is nearly always preceded by the words “presumptive nominee.”
When The Donald was riding high in delegate counts, all kinds of strange endorsements and party leader maneuvers were made to undercut his advantage. Deep thinkers everywhere united to denounce Trump and Trumpism. There were media reports of secret party-elite confabs designed to thwart him. At this point they seem to have worked in denying Trump a delegate count lock on the nomination. Talk of an open or contested Republican convention abounds so as to deny Trump (and/or Cruz) the nomination.
It’s enough to make you believe in a third party. Maybe a party that plays by the rules. Maybe a party that accepts the vote of the people. Maybe a party that gives more than just lip service to election year sloganeering. Maybe a party that doesn’t seem to change the rules in the middle of the game because things aren’t working out the way the coaches planned. It’s enough to make you think party know-it-alls (left and right) don’t really trust you and me to vote the “right” way — and don’t really know it all — at all.
James Ray Deaton, one of six known conservatives living in Berkeley, Calif., is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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