Party Rules


Let’s clear up something. Yes, Trump is right about one thing, and one thing only. The primary voting system is a rigged game. It’s been rigged since the beginning. In most states, only members of the party can vote in the primary. It’s reminiscent of Colonial times in New England when only members of the Congregational church could vote. The idea of the primary system is to allow the various political parties, namely the Democrats and Republicans, to decide who they want to put out front the candidate they think can win the White House. And the rules vary from state to state; there’s no standard. There’s no federal law other than the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Constitution protects the process under the right of free speech and the right to assemble.

Even the final vote in November is subject to chicanery as demonstrated in 2000 when the Supremes elected George W. We think we live in a democracy, and in most cases we do except when it comes to electing a president. You think it’s screwed up now, wait till the vote in November. The anonymous party hacks and their lackeys have final say. The people “advise” them about who they want through the popular vote, but still...think 2000. Even with an open primary system when everyone, regardless of party affiliation, gets to vote, the insiders do what they want.

In other words, the system sucks from the bottom to the top. This is one of the reasons I’m an independent. I still vote in the general election even though I know it’s rigged. What else can I do? Staying home is never an option. It’s pretty clear to me today who the insiders want in the Oval Office. There are about ten more reasons why I’m an indie, but that’s a topic for another blog after Hillary is sworn in.

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Editorial and political cartoons by Bob Englehart