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Friday, April 15, 2016

A History of American "Democracy"

~ Video where a RNC member explains how voters do not decide Presidential primaries, they the Republican Party do..  2min long..  click to play

~ Another video..  Bernie Sanders wins Wyoming last weekend yet picks up Zero delegates..  MSNBC talk about how rigged the system is.. 4min   click to play

No matter who wins the current fight for the Presidency, whether be Democrat or Republican 2016 will forever go down as the year most people woke up to the fact we do not live in a democracy and the people have no actual say in who we elect.

Then it will be soon forgotten and become antiquated trivia for history teachers to share with their students, like all other times in our history people realized the truth..
And then peaceably moved on with their lives..

Right now we live in an age where super-delegates matter more than popular vote for Dems and in the case of Colorado and the Reps, the people's voice is not even considered -- it would lock their delegates in support of a man the Party does not want representing them...


The GOP was so proud of itself in the pot-smoking state, it tweeted then later took off Twitter the following:

Electing a Presidential candidate has historically been about backroom deals among the political party power and the money-elite who finance the campaigns

In modern times we've been lulled into the nomination process being decided neatly and cleanly months before convention thanks to TV and the need to display a positive, unified front vs lets say the chaos of Chicago in 1968

But as we said earlier this has gone on since the nation's inception and people who might be upset end up doing little to nothing but moving on and forgetting and then the next generation or so is 'shocked' their vote isn't so precious
So let's start at the beginning..  The year -- 1788

How many candidates did George Washington run against in his bid to be our first President?

Answer -- Zero.

In both 1788 and 1792, not only was Washington unopposed but didn't even have to run..

He was anointed.

And if for whatever reason, a person living back then who could vote preferred another individual leading America, well.. tough shit on him..
Then we come to the Election of 1800..

It is a very closely contested race between Federalist candidate John Adams who was currently President and Anti-Federalist party candidate Thomas Jefferson who thanks to the rules at that time was Adams' VP

Jefferson had the lead in electoral votes by the end of the election but could not cross the threshold necessary due to two other candidates also running and delegates inadvertently casting support for multiple people..

So what happened?

The House of Representatives after 35 ballots ultimately cast its support for Jefferson to replace Adams deciding for the American people then who was to run things..
In 1824, the Election saw John Quincy Adams win and take office as the 6th President even though Andrew Jackson held more electoral votes (99 to 84) and more of the popular vote (151,271 vs 113,122)

So how did Adams steal this election?

The necessary number to win the electoral college vote in that election was 131 which Jackson did not have since other candidates were running beside he and Adams.
So basically the House of Representatives once again decided the fate of the nation instead of the voters and due to inside-politics and other deals, support was cast for Adams.

Congress as it often has done then and now went against the will of the people to pick and choose whom It wanted as President.

Jackson supporters were so angry over this, that it became a rally cry for Jackson to defeat Adams four years later in 1828 winning overwhelmingly (178-83 electoral votes)
Decades would pass with the power brokers and insiders deciding candidates to run who would best serve them (as they do now) and ultimately we come to the Election of 1876.

To explain the raw sewage which was this election we quote from Wikipedia:

"It was one of the most contentious and controversial presidential elections in American history. The results of the election remain among the most disputed ever, although there is no question that Samuel J. Tilden of New York outpolled Ohio's Rutherford B. Hayes in the popular vote. 

After a first count of votes, Tilden won 184 electoral votes to Hayes's 165, with 20 votes unresolved. 
These 20 electoral votes were in dispute in four states: in the case of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon one elector was declared illegal (as an "elected or appointed official") and replaced...

An informal deal was struck to resolve the dispute: the Compromise of 1877, which awarded all 20 electoral votes to (Republican) Hayes. 

In return for the Democrats' acquiescence in Hayes's election, the Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction."
And of course everyone ultimately moved on while once again a Presidential election was hijacked..

In the Election of 1888, the candidate with the highest popular vote (then President Grover Cleveland) lost because of fewer electoral votes showing that popular vote does not mean a thing in US elections..  (Cleveland would ultimately win again four years later..)

Just like sadly everyone will move on if/when the Party nominations are stolen from Trump and Bernie Sanders..
No riots.. no revolution.. Just resignation

BTW, when it comes to voting for US Senators, this is a right that voters have only enjoyed for 103 years.

Prior to 1913 and the passage of the 17th Amendment, Senators were nominated by the Governor of a State and approved by its Congress and then every 6years depending on who was in power or such that person would be re-nominated or another selected in his place.
So you can see from this nation's inceptions, those who ran the show and wrote the US Constitution did not trust or value the everyday person of the time and wanted them to possess as little actual decision-making power as humanly possible while conveying the lie of 'freedom' and democracy

Many people in our nation's history have suffered and ultimately died for the right to vote in elections where every roadblock possible is created to invalidate or trivialize it.

That is real American Democracy in action.