After the recent exit from the Republican race for the presidency by Ted Cruz, the questions asked in the title are, for right now moot – at least for the Republican party.
Whether the delegate selection system is rigged or not is something you and I, as citizens on the outside of the political process, may not know until someone writes the “tell-all” book some years from now. For now I’ll just call it an unnecessarily complex and really inappropriate system in a 21st Century democracy. I feel that it is inappropriate for the votes of the citizens to be tampered with in any way; once the voters have ‘spoken’, that should be the end of it.
To my mind, Donald Trump is right! The candidate with the most popular votes should be the party’s nominee. That, however, is far from the way it is right now.
In the 21st Century, what is the point of having delegates attend a convention if not just to give the “losing” candidates a chance to override the choice of the majority. That doesn’t sound fair to me! On top of that, we had Cruz, Kasich and Sanders pushing for a “contested convention”, in the hope it gives them an opportunity to ‘change the minds of delagates’; delegates that really are not necessary in a modern day democratic process. That opportunity should not exist.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump turned out to be the clear choice of the majority of citizens who voted in the Republican primaries and he will be the party’s nominee. As it sits right now, Hillary Clinton appears to be the clear winner of the Democratic nomination. You or I may personally detest either one or both of them, but in America, in a presidential election, when the majority speaks it should be ‘game over’.
We hear from the Republican and Democratic officials that the current system has been in place for 200 years – and that’s supposed to squash all objections. That’s a reason to change it! Two hundred years ago there was no coast to coast news coverage, no reliable coast to coast communication at all. The Federal election system was developed for the conditions that existed at the time and it was never updated.
This is a new time with new circumstances and that should warrant the creation of a new 21st Century presidential election system.