Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Sanders wins every county in West Virginia!! But splits the delegates evenly with Hillary Clinton.
Do you see a problem with this picture?
(Image from Huffington Post, used here for educational, non-commercial purposes.)
In the graphic above, we see that Sanders has won, or is leading in every county in West Virginia. And, with 97% of the precincts reporting, I feel confident in saying that he has, indeed, won every county. And he received far more overall votes than Clinton. Yet, so far, they've split the delegates evenly, 17 and 17. This is because of the Democratic Party's rigged and fraudulent nomination process, a large part of which is the super-delegate system.
Now, there are all sorts of issues with the super-delegate system, e.g., is the media reporting it correctly and does it mislead voters into thinking Clinton can't lose. But just look at the image above, and ask yourself, "Does this pass the smell test?"
There is also a whole array of talking heads telling us all manner of soothing things about the super-delegate system. Don't believe any of it. The chair of the Democratic National Committee has been very forthright in why the super-delegate system exists: "Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists" ("Un-Democratic Party: DNC chair says superdelegates ensure elites don’t have to run 'against grassroots activists,'" Salon, February 13, 2016).
But the real question, for me, is: Why are so many Democratic Party voters (in other states) going along with this? Is it because they don't know? Is it because they don't care? Is it because they feel they have no choice, i.e., "Well, if we don't vote for her, Trump will be in the White House!" (which is a bit of an odd fear, since Sanders is consistently polling better than Clinton against Trump).
See, this is why I, and many others, have left the Democratic Party. Not only do they frequently seem wimpy against Republicans, and bought by Wall Street, but they play mind games with their voters. They seem to say, "Yeah, we've rigged the nomination process. Yeah, we're in bed with financial fraudsters. Yeah, we constantly cave to the political right, and bargain with them in a corporate-friendly way. But you'll vote for us anyway, because, ha ha hee hee, what choice do you have??"
As much as I'd hate to see Trump and his xenophobism in the Oval Office, part of me hopes that the Democratic Party, after ramming Hillary Clinton down our throats, gets pulverized in November.
What an awful election system we have. It's not based on hope, bold ideas, or democracy, but on fear, money, and trickery.