A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.
In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. “These are the rules,” we were told over and over again. If the “rules” can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it.
We have seen and published a number of videos and letters to the RNC, statements from life-long Republicans who are burning their voters cards in protest, telling the RNC and its Chairman Reince Priebus that they are sick and tired of the political establishment attempting to overturn the will of the people after the events in Colorado where a million voters were sidelined as they cancelled their election and party officials "selected" who the state's delegates would go to without any votes cast from the public.
The RNC has gone on full attack against Trump telling him to "learn" the delegate process, which can be clearly understood by the words of a North Dakota unbound delegate Curly Haugland when he blamed the media for the "perception that the voters choose the nomination," asserting that "The rules are still designed to have a political partychoose its nominee at a convention."
Those are the "rules" of the system that the RNC and Mr. Piebus want voters to simply accept, right or wrong, because those "rules" allow the power-hungry players in Washington, the political establishment "elite" to determine who will be the eventual nominee, rather than the voters themselves. Those "rules" and the "selection" by the RNC in 2008 and 2012 are the reason Conservatives were forced to "hold their nose" and vote Republican because they couldn't fathom the Democratic candidate, as many others simply stayed home, handing victory to Barack Obama.
The problem for the political establishment, led by Mr. Priebus this election cycle is they have a candidate they cannot control, one who has exposed the corruption leading to the very top, including Mr. Priebus himself as he finally revealed his true colors by telling Republican voters "If you don't like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee."
Democratic House Minority leader and former Speaker fo the House Nancy Pelosi, has predicted the "implosion" within the GOP, stating "If they reject the public will, they will really hand us a bigger victory than I'm even anticipating now, because that will be an implosion of the Republican Party."
It pains me to say I agree with her since there is barely anything I have ever agreed with her on, but I would suggest Ms. Pelosi turn her eye to the Democrats' Super-Delegate "system" and "rules," which is doing the same thing to Democratic Bernie Sanders voters as the RNC establishment is doing to Republican voters.
The RNC in their panic, is busy highlighting that the change of rules in Colorado happened in August (After Trump announced his candidacy in June), so according to them folks should just understand that is the way it is and deal with it...... without the GOP party officials understanding it is the fact that the "rules" could be changed at all, literally bypassing voters themselves, that has become "the straw that broke the camel's back," leading to protest being held today in Colorado, where disenfranchised voters are gathering peacefully to demand "Colorado give the power to vote in the Presidential Primary to the voters. We will exercise our right to assemble and peacefully protest the corruption of the Colorado GOP and disenfranchisement that we the voters have suffered."
Interest has been so overwhelming that we see the following update to the planned protest, via Infowars:
Organizers for the event announced this morning that due to overwhelming interest they have switched venues.
Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.
The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.
Despite $70 million of the $132 million spent on negative television ads by presidential candidates in either party targeting Donald Trump while Trump, who is self-funding his campaign, has spent only $16 million on television ads of any kind during the entire 2016 primary, according to Slate and NYT, Trump has continued to rise in the polls with the latest by Fox News showing Trump has widened the gap to an 18-point lead over Ted Cruz, who has recently stated "we’ll take money from anyone."
The Last Refuge highlights not just the Fox News poll, but two others showing support for Ted Cruz is collapsing on a number of fronts.
According to the New York Times Primary Results Page, Trump has won 21 states in primaries and caucuses that actually allowed their people to vote, while Cruz has won 9 states and Kasich having won in only his home state of Ohio.
The last of April's contests are being held in NY on April 19, 2016 and CT, DE, MD, PA and RI on April 26th.
Real Clear Politics, which tracks the latest polling numbers shows that Trump is leading NY with a 53.4% average with a 31.7 point spread over Kasich and a 35.8 average spread over Cruz. In PA Trump's average polling is at 43% with an average 15.8 spread over Cruz who is polling at 27.2 and a 19.2 average spread over Kasich who is polling at 23.8% in PA.
Trump is also leading in MD and CT, we note no recent polling data for RI at RCP.
By the numbers and the overwhelming amount of states Trump has already won by popular vote in comparison to the other candidates, along with the projected Trump 'landslide for NY' headlined by Politico, in conjunction with his high polling numbers for the other upcoming April contests, one would justified in wondering why the Republican leadership, headed by Reince Priebus, is doing everything in their power to alienate and disenfrachise the party faithful, voters they will need if they want any hope of winning the general election in November.
THIS IS GOING TO GET MUCH UGLIER
If Colorado was the straw that may have broken the came's back, then the next tidbit of news may just cause an uprising against the Republican party of unprecedented scope.
And just yesterday, BizPac Review reported how the delegate system in Colorado changed in March in an effort to strip Trump of delegates, despite Republican National Committee (RNC) spokespersons claiming otherwise.
What occurred in Colorado, though, is just a fraction of what is yet to come in the next month.
In a meeting behind closed doors yesterday, GOP party leaders met in Indiana to select 21 delegates that are expected to be anti-Trump, even though voters don’t get to vote for another three weeks in the state, according to Bloomberg News.
This is the same process which occurred in Colorado, where delegates are chosen for candidates ahead of an actual primary election by GOP voters, essentially nullifying votes.
A similar situation is expected to follow in Wyoming, where 14 delegates are chosen at the state primary’s convention, the majority of which are reportedly anti-Trump.
While I am not a Ted Cruz supporter, had Cruz won 21 primaries and was as far ahead in all the polling for the next set of primaries compared to Trump only winning 9, in other words if the results were reversed, I would still be just as outraged over the party antics if they were doing to Cruz what they are doing to Trump..... when "we the people" are ignored, disenfranchised and when the party leadership dares tell them to "sit down" and informs us "they" will select the nominee rather than voters "electing" the nominee...... it is time to stand up, be heard and RISE up against a "system," and "rules" clearly meant to overturn the will of the people that elected these arrogant power-hungry, corrupt politicians.
If we do not unite against the GOP now when they are openly and blatantly informing us that our vote doesn't count at all.... when will we?
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Many of the points listed above were recently discussed with not only Donald Trump, but his wife Melania, his children Ivanka, Tiffany, Don Jr. and Eric, in a CNN Trump Family Townhall, which we highly recommend everybody watch. For those without an hour to spare or without the bandwidth to watch, the transcript is here, but the family dynamics, their reactions to the GOP antics, the interactions with the voters in the audience asking questions of the individual family members..... all show a side of Donald Trump that most of America has never seen.
It begins with Anderson Cooper going one-on-one with Donald Trump and then the entire family is brought out for a wide ranging discussion between the audience, Cooper and the Trump family.
We have seen the real estate tycoon, we have observed the reality show host and we have met the shoot-from-the-hip, politically incorrect presidential candidate, now meet the man, the father, the husband.