Maybe I should have titled this article, ″2016 – The Year Democracy Died, Part III″? This weekend saw two more examples of the political establishment ignoring the voice of the people! In Colorado, the Republican Party decided to cancel its primary vote altogether. Some 1 Million registered Republican voters had no say whatsoever. According to the Denver Post, many have burned their voter registration cards in protest for this outrage. Ted Cruz wound up seizing all primary delegates at the GOP state convention, with Donald Trump getting just two alternate delegates. Next door in Wyoming, Bernie Sanders clobbered Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic Party primary vote by a whopping 12 points. This marked the 8th win for Sanders out of the past 9 contests. But, Hillary Clinton wound up winning 11 of the state′s 18 delegates. Once again, the curse of the super-delegates reigns supreme!
The Establishment running both major political parties are demonstrating an utter contempt for the voters this election cycle. Is it so far-fetched that some, including Donald Trump, are warning that there may be riots as a result of these shenanigans? If the general public′s vote does not matter at all, then why bother exercising this charade of an election? The bosses and donors of both parties may just as well announce whom they will allow to occupy the White House and let Congress decide. There does not seem to be any reason to bother voting at all in 2016.
Has democracy in America completely failed? If you subscribe to the Neo-Reactionary point of view, you have to answer, ″Yes!″ The idea of ′one-person-one-vote′ has been tossed out the window by the Power Elites. The truth be told, they tossed it out long ago. Some may say it is cynical, but the feeling that elections are rigged and winners decided before a vote is very wide spread. This, along with the attitude that both the Democratic and Republican Parties appear to act in unison is why so many millions of Americans have simply stopped voting. During mid-term election cycles, barely 25% of the adult population participate, and in presidential elections, the participation rate only doubles at best.
As I have been pointing out many times before, the major culprit in the failings of our political system is the Constitution, itself. Sure, it was a fine document when drafted and a major leap forward in human freedom. But it had flaws, serious flaws. The ′Swiss Experience′ focused on two of the biggest flaws when that nation drafted their constitution. The Swiss set up of 4-part system of ′checks and balances′ which included ′The People′ as the 4th Branch of government. The ′power of the purse′ has not given to a small number of elected officials, but, instead, kept in the hands of The People! The Swiss also placed safeguards as to limit the powers of both the courts and executive branches.
When Madison, Hamilton and the rest gave Congress the power of the purse, the power to create and increase taxes and fees, the door was left wide open for corruption. Much as we saw after the English Civil War, when the Parliament began voting itself fat salaries and all sorts of benefits. Oliver Cromwell had no choice but to gather his army together and march on Parliament to evict them from power.
Cromwell told Parliament on April 20, 1653 – ″It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
″Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse! Gold is you God! Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance!
″Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House, and which by God′s help, and the strength He has given me, I am now come to do! I command ye therefore, upon peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors!
″In the name of God, GO!″
Ah, that Oliver Cromwell sure knew how to turn a phrase! With emotion, too! Richard Harris did a great job playing him in the movie version of ″Cromwell″. He had the whole angry-man thing down pat! People who think that Donald Trump is angry need to watch that flick. Cromwell was one angry dude! By and large, over the very same issues we face today. Corrupt King, corrupt Parliament, corrupt Courts, corrupt Church. That was the essence of the English Civil War. Practically every major institution in their nation, and culture, was out of control, with Elites doing whatever they wanted.
I shake my head as I watch our whole political system is imploding. What is really painful is seeing how much of this is being done by the so-called ′Conservatives′. It is been bad enough that Progressive-Liberals have been playing this game of ever-increasing tyranny for decades. But now, thanks to Donald J. Trump, we are witnessing these alleged guardians of the ′original intent′ of our Constitution use it in such a destructive manner. I half expect to see guys like George Will and Bill Kristol spin their heads and spew out green vomit as they defend this dismissal of democracy.
Are you outraged over how the vote of The People has been discarded? I don′t care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, both of our major political parties are engaged in the same brand of treason. They may argue that this is not treason by the rules of the parties or even by the laws of the land. But make no mistake, this is a treason to the very concept, the basic idea of democracy. This past weekend, Colorado and Wyoming were just the latest examples. I have no doubt that it will only get worse as we wrap up this so-called election cycle. What will happen after that, I shutter to think!