Friday, February 12, 2016
SUPER DELEGATES - THE TRUE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF THE AMERICAN VOTERS
As I watched the results for the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary, I was confused as to how Hillary Clinton had delegates before voting even started. In Iowa, before the first vote was cast, Clinton had 3 delegates and Sanders had 0. In New Hampshire, early results showed Sanders up by 20% and Clinton had 6 delegates and Sanders had 0. I was perplexed and agitated, especially given the Clintons' political machine's penchant for playing by a different set of rules. Hillary Clinton is a liar, so I figured she was probably a cheater as well.
I researched how a candidate could possibly get delegates with no votes and discovered the Super Delegate. To become a Super Delegate, one must have held political office or be appointed by a party official. The only super power the Super Delegate actually has is subverting the will of the people. Normal delegates are awarded by votes from the electorate. The citizens vote and the delegates are awarded to the candidate with the most votes. Some states are winner takes all and some divide according to vote percentages. The Super Delegate is not beholden to the will of the people. The Super Delegate is free to choose whichever candidate he wishes, regardless of the vote. There are over 700 Super Delegates nationwide, about half the number of needed delegates to nominate a candidate.
Super Delegates exist because the Democratic party does not trust it's constituents to make the right choice. Super Delegates are a safety net to ensure that the establishment's choice receives the nomination. If you are a democratic voter, you are not trusted by your own party... When George McGovern, a complete disaster of a candidate, won the nomination in 1972, the Democratic Party decided that it would never again leave the decision of who represents the party, in the race for president, to the people. The Democratic Party decided that the people could not be trusted and the Super Delegate was born.
This underhanded method of counting delegates explains why Sanders and Clinton, who finished in a virtual tie in Iowa, were not awarded the same number of delegates. Three Super Delegates were given to Clinton before even one vote was cast. Clinton picked up 6 Super Delegates in New Hampshire, where she was trounced by Sanders, giving her more Delegates than Sanders. This is unbelievable.
The same party that claims requiring an ID to vote disenfranchises voters has a built in system to ensure that the will of the people does not subjugate the will of the Party.