Either way you look at this everyone loses. It is simply a formality before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination. It is not as clear cut on the Republican side thanks to the political machinery’s desire to trip Donald Trump along the way to the nomination.
In both cases it seems the will of the people no longer matters. The only reason Secretary Clinton will win the nomination is because she has garnered the largest share of the Super delegates. In this case, the super delegates are not beholden to who wins the most votes – they simply choose who they want.
Trump has won the most votes and states but Senator Ted Cruz is running circles around him when it comes to lining up delegates if the Republican nomination process goes to a second ballot. Let’s pretend for the sake of argument that it does go a second ballot and Senator Cruz wins the nomination.
In a sense we’ll have two presidential candidates that a majority of the voters in the primaries did not want. Unlike Trump, I am not whining about the process; I am simply pointing out the reality of the situation. These are the rules and we have no one to blame but ourselves for electing the people who made the rules. If you do not like it, do something to change it.
To be clear, Secretary Clinton or Senator Cruz are doing nothing wrong. They are playing by the rules and mastered them better than their competitors. Is Trump right when he charges the process is rigged? I can make a case for that but if he were the one mastering the rules he’d be bragging about how he is the only one that can get things done.
However, either way you look at this there is no good choice. Our choices are a Whiner in Chief, A Criminal in Chief, a Socialist in Chief, or a Not-so-Likable Guy in Chief.
So let’s throw out the nicknames and break this down. The last time I checked we are the United States of America not the Federal Government of America. We are a republic and not a direct democracy. A republic is a form of government where the power resides with elected individuals that represent the citizens.
The Founding fathers understood the only entity that can take away the people’s freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life. They advocated for a limited central government.
Senators Clinton and Sanders want a strong central government and want to give the Federal Government more power. If that is what you want, vote for any of those two – there is not much difference.
Depending on the day, hour, or minute, Trump will want a strong central government or give the powers to the states. I’m not sure I want such a fickle president. However, I do like the fact he his shaking up the political establishment and will give them a dose of being out of the loop like they have done to us for years. If that is what you want vote for Trump.
That leaves Senator Cruz who I do not find likable but admire his conviction to his philosophies. More importantly, he has an innate understanding of the Constitution and believes in state rights and a small Federal Government. I am a believer in a limited central government. For me, the federal government is only there to protect the nation from foreign threat, protect the citizens from criminals, and build or maintain the infrastructure to allow commerce. However, I mean commerce as outlined in the Constitution – especially the Tenth Amendment – and not the one bastardized by the courts to justify exercising legislative power over the states.
Regardless of who become the actual presidential candidates a large part of the population will feel disenfranchised because of how that candidate was selected. In a point in our history where President Obama has done his best to destroy the nation, can we really afford four years of a disaffected population?
Someone will win the presidency but, regardless of who it is, the nation will lose if the eventual president does not figure out how to lead a splintered nation.