With the 571 undemocratic votes of super delegates, yesterday Hillary Clinton was boosted up to be the nominee of the Democratic Party. While in reality she has earned only 2184 democratic pledged delegates, which is 199 votes short from the 2383 votes needed for nomination. Since there is only one primary (DC with 46 delegates) left, which will be held in June 14, none of the democratic candidates would be able to claim the nomination, and as a result the party nomination should be decided in the contested convention. But this is a capitalist country and money plays the main role in almost every aspect of life particularly in any critical decision making concerning politics. The story of super delegate and the undemocratic boosting Hillary to get the unfair nomination is just an example, and like it or not, she is probably going to get even more boosted to be the next U.S. President.
If that happen Hillary would not only fail the presidency but she will also let the country down. Here I explain the rationale behind my statement in case you wonder why that may be the case. Everybody who is seeking a job is judged by his/her resume. Let’s take a glance at Hillary’s resume when she was the Secretary of State. She has had a long history of abusing the public’s trust, on her email scandal she pleaded innocence but nearly every major editorial board in the country questioned Clinton’s motives, noting her long history of secrecy. Her foreign policy record is abysmal, from trying to reset relations with Russia, something she later called a “brilliant stroke” that has been an utter failure, to advocating for a war in Libya that has triggered a crisis in destabilizing the region and resulting floods of refugees to Europe. From Libya to Syria, and to Iran, her foreign policy in the Middle East has been a failure. Office of Inspector General has released a management alert detailing rampant mismanagement within the State Department during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure. The State Department gives away over a billion dollars of taxpayer money annually in grants. The management alert warned that the State Department had mismanaged over $6 billion.
Hillary’s political and family finances have been under scrutiny, in particular her ties to Wall Street as donation sources for her political campaign, public speaking appearances, her foundation, and her family members. Hillary is terrible on domestic policies too. Her policies matches up seamlessly with Obama’s including ensuring China would buy U.S. debt to fund the stimulus, raising taxes on businesses, jobs outsourcing and crowd out domestic industries, opposing new sanction on Iran, and downplaying major issues like Keystone. In short, a Clinton presidency would serve as a third term for Obama. [DID]
And lo, it came to pass: As of last night, Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for President of the United States. Setting aside her party’s elite “super delegate” insurance policy, Clinton has now secured a majority of pledged delegates, which reflect the will of primary voters. And despite falling to Bernie Sanders in a startling 23 nominating contests, the former Secretary of State has attracted roughly 3.7 million more votes than the Vermont Senator nationwide.
The fact that Clinton failed to clear this hurdle until the very last day of balloting underscores her profound weakness as a candidate. She enters the general election stage of the campaign as one of the most disliked and distrusted political figures in America, and one of the least popular presidential nominees of all time. Despite his even uglier public image and endless parade of divisiveness and insults, the Republican nominee-in-waiting only trails her by an average of two percentage points at this stage of the race, inside the margin of error. Several weeks ago, a Democratic operative basked in the afterglow of Donald Trump’s effective nomination victory, crowing on Fox News that the GOP had selected “exactly the candidate they deserve.” Ironically, both Trump’s strong backers and detractors on the right would likely agree with this statement, albeit for different reasons. This week, the same formulation applies to the Democrats. They’ve chosen the corrupt, opaque, power hungry, self-serving, aloof, greedy, politically soulless, congenital liar they so richly deserve. Read more…
If you are searching for an undemocratic election in the world, you don’t have to go to a third-world-nation country in Africa or to a theocratic State in Middle East such as the apocalyptic Mullahs’ regime in Iran to find one. You just need to look into the process of the U.S. presidential election. The election is structured through pledged delegates that outwardly delivers based on the grassroots votes, but next to it there is Super-Pacs-Super-Delegates system that literally has the power to shape the election outcome for the benefit of the top 1% wealthy. In plain English, Super Pacs work as lobby mediators between the wealthy that own and control the corporations and the party Super Delegates whose unbound votes determines the fate of the candidates. Strictly speaking, the political election is run by the rich investors and corporate owners, they are the ones who buy the votes and accordingly appoint the political authorities from reps and senators to governors and presidents. Based on 2015 American Values Survey, 64% Americans believe their vote does not matter because of the influence that wealthy individuals and big corporations have on the electoral process.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, a contributor to Vanity Fair writes “Virtually all U.S. Senators, and most of the representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift — through legislation prohibiting the government, the largest buyer of drugs, from bargaining over price — it should not come as cause for wonder. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.” Read more…