A Rigged Election

Here in the United States we’re told we live in a democracy; we don’t.  If you’ve been following the U.S. presidential race, you’ll see how the establishment has purposely been derailing the will of the people, rigging the system in favor of Hillary Clinton.  The overall idea is that the popular political parties focus all their energies into one candidate who is decided by popular vote in a sort of “candidate election”.  Based on how many votes a candidate receives, they earn these party “delegates” in each geographic area, and whoever gets the most delegates wins their party’s nomination.  Currently the Democratic party is voting for who will be their candidate, and a heated race is happening between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  But if you follow what’s happening, the system is being rigged and manipulated.  For instance, just recently results came in from the state of Wyoming.  Bernie Sanders won the popular vote 56%-44%, and how how were the delegates assigned?  Hillary Clinton walks away with 11 delegates and Bernie got 7.  What in the world’s going on?

To understand this, you have to learn about superdelegates.  So who are these superdelegates?  I’ll let Wikipedia explain.

“In American politics, a “superdelegate” is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention who is seated automatically and chooses for whom he or she wants to vote. According to Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, superdelegates are in place to protect party leaders from running against grassroots activists. [1]These Democratic Party superdelegates include distinguished party leaders, and elected officials, including all Democratic members of the House and Senate and sitting Democratic governors. Other superdelegates are chosen during the primary season. Democratic superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination. This contrasts with convention “pledged” delegates who are selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. Because they are free to support anyone they want, superdelegates could potentially swing the results to nominate a presidential candidate who did not receive the majority of votes during the primaries.”

– Source:  Wikipedia

Isn’t that nice.  Sure we the people can “vote” for a candidate, but if the establishment doesn’t like who  we vote for, they’re going to use this superdelegate system to rig the election for their preferred candidate.  Normal delegates are assigned by popular vote (that’s how Bernie got 7 delegates in Wyoming), but there are lots of these establishment superdelegates who vote however they want and of course, they vote Hillary.  That’s how Hillary got her extra 4 delegates in Wyoming.  And isn’t their system of rounding nice?  56% of 14 total “normal” delegates is 7.84.  In other words, for Wyoming, Bernie should’ve gotten 8, Hillary 6, and ALL the superdelegates should’ve went to Bernie, giving him 12 to Hillary’s 6.  Instead Hillary walks away 11-7.

This is happening all over the country.  In many states Bernie is winning with an 80-20 margin, but 94% of the 498 superdelegates are going to Clinton.  In Colorado, Sanders won 59% of the vote; didn’t get a single superdelegate.  In Nebraska he won 57% of the vote; not a single superdelegate.  In Idaho Bernie won 80% of the vote; didn’t get a single superdelegate.  In the state of Washington, Bernie won 75% of the vote, winning every single congressional district; not a single superdelegate.  In Minnesota, Bernie got 61.6% of the popular vote, but only got 3 of 16 superdelegates.

Right now, if Sanders had the superdelegate votes that Clinton has, he’d be winning the delegate race 1444 to 1272.  Instead Hillary is “winning”, due to crazy rounding and superdelegates.  What a joke.

To go back to the state of Washington, these “superdelegates” include Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and U.S. representatives Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Adam Smith, Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer.  Isn’t that nice, a bunch of politicians voting for who they think should be our president, overriding the will of the people.

This system of superdelegates needs to be abolished immediately.

4 thoughts on “A Rigged Election”

  1. (insert calm tone here) What is so bad about Hilary Clinton? If she is indeed better than Sanders, then I guess she deserves all the support. Is the entire population of the United States educated enough to know which candidate is better? Imagine the election as the Oscars or something. The ones who decide the winner are the so-called “experts” who really know their thing. If I, an ordinary citizen were to choose the winners, I probably wouldn’t know what I’m voting for because I’m far too simple-minded to decide. For example, I seriously find Jennifer Lawrence ordinary, if I were to base my opinion on what I could see on the end-product movies. Yet, the “experts” find her extraordinary, probably because they were there during the making of her movie. If the superdelegates’ drive for voting Hilary Clinton is based on objective judgment on who’s indeed the better leader, that wouldn’t be so bad now, right? I think, in this case, I believe in “the end justifies the means”. Sorry, I’m a very ignorant person. Forgive me if I don’t know what I’m talking about.

  2. But then again, considering that these superdelegates are also politicians, most likely they’d vote for someone who’d support them too. Biased, in other words.

  3. Maggie

    The problem is the system is not objective. Money in politics is overriding democracy. Furthermore, super delegates have demonstrated they don’t vote for who they think is best. For example, look at the previous election cycle in which Hilary took part in. Initially, she was the favorite and therefore got a majority of the super delegates, but when Obama overtook her they jumped ship. The super delegates aren’t voting for who they think is best, just for what is in their current best interest.

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