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…
The GOP has become a two-headed albino King snake, whose heads sometimes fight with each other try to steal food from one another, one head signifies the GOP nomination and the other one characterizes the GOP establishment. A day after his triumph in Indiana primary presidential election, Trump becomes the presumptive GOP nominee. Since then many high-ranking party officeholders are already running as fast as they can away from Trump. Defiant Trump claims he can win without backing of Republican leaders and says party doesn’t need to show united front.
GOP party leaders in the Senate are telling his colleagues that it’ll be OK for them to run against their own party’s nominee during the general election. They believe that GOP would be better off with 4 years of democratic nominee in the White House rather than having to face the outcome of a disgrace party by the President Trump. The republican establishment doesn’t need to figure out how to fail the general election. Lack of support of two groups of voters for Trump, the Latinos and the women along with the broken and disunited party and also the Democrat’s popularity factor among black voters all guarantee the Democratic nominee to be the next U.S. President.
The Republican Party establishment has begun digging its own grave by actually allowing the party to be stolen away from them. The problem with the GOP party is the fact that it has long been carried on at status quo, holding to their rigid political ideals and old traditional leaders, while ignoring the rapidly changing world. What the Republicans need is to reshape their party structure by introducing trustworthy young and innovative talents who could pump fresh blood in the system and bringing new ideas to the party that can be used to tackle the current challenges of today’s generation. [DID]
It wasn’t precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s (Wis.) comment that he’s not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least . . . something.
Whether it’s a start or a finish remains to be revealed, but it would seem that we’re witnessing the beginning of the end. To wit: A Republican friend, who has abandoned her behind-the-scenes work of getting conservatives elected, called me recently to express her condolences. “I feel sorry for you,” she said, “because you (given your job) can’t ignore the collapse of Western civilization.”
Now a renegade from the nominating process, she is like so many others disillusioned by the Trump movement who’ve slipped the noose of politics in search of meaning beyond the Beltway. But Trump’s triumph, though most insiders thought it impossible, should have surprised no one. He was inevitable not because he was The One but because he’s a shrewd dealmaker with deep pockets and unencumbered by a moral compass. Both his platform and style were crafted to fit the findings of extensive polling he commissioned before announcing his run. Read more…
There is a saying in Persian that if you want to hear the truth hear it from a kid since kids will always tell you the truth. To some people Donald Trump has a second-grader mentality, and so he can tell the truth. In his recent speech among his follower, he refers to the Super Delegates’ favors for Hillary Clinton regardless of Bernie Sander’s consistent winnings. He also claims that in spite of his own high popular votes in republican side he has not received enough delegates, and concludes that “THE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT”.
Bernie Sanders won the Caucus in the state of Wyoming, however it turned out that Hillary got the same number of delegates in that state as Sanders did, why? The answer is easy, SUPER DELEGATES are not bound by the voters, they don’t give a damn about the people’s vote, they are free to vote for any candidate they like, and of course they like Hillary very much, they along with SUPER PACS (the lobbyists for billionaires) are running a fixed election for Hillary Clinton to be the next US President. Money’s vote are much louder than of people’s vote. So much about the democracy in a democratic country like USA, GO FIGURE! [DID]