Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Republican Party

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This election season we are seeing something amazing happen. Both the Democrats and Republicans have major turmoil inside their respective parties.

Bernie and the young Democrats are sparking a revolution against the establishment on the left and the Clinton machine.

Donald Trump defeated 16 other candidates and insulted his way to be the presumptive nominee and is now attempting to play nice.

The two parties have are going through some changes, but which party is more divided?

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Ron Paul Rule

As a sign of how corrupt the political process is within political parties, the Republican Party will be forced to drop what is known as “Rule 40” if they want to stop Donald Trump from sweeping the nomination process.

Rule 40 came into play to stop the influence of Ron Paul delegates within the national convention.

The rule states that nominees must have won the majority of delegates in at least eight states to become eligible for a vote in the nomination contest.

This year, neither Ted Cruz nor Marco Rubio are likely to be able to break the eight state threshold which would make Donald Trump the automatic winner just as they’ve done with John McCain and Mitt Romney in the past.

The Establishment of the GOP won’t allow that.

In order to change the rule for Ron Paul, the party skirted their operating rules provided under Roberts Rules of Order, which only allows changes of rules and procedures to take effect after the close of the meeting. They then changed the rules to allow for “temporary rules” so they can simply write their own rules as needed.

Crazy corrupt.

That does not bode well for Trump, who will be hindered by parliamentary tricks dreamed up by Republican elites.

The party is expected to drop Rule 40 and could very well create new rules that would limit Trump’s participation or make the race more competitive for other candidates such as Cruz, Rubio or even House Speaker Paul Ryan (who is a favorite of a brokered convention).

Establishment leaders could literally ban a nominee based upon old age.

As is, Donald Trump will have to gain 56.8% support of the convention’s delegates in order to win.

While others will likely only have to gain 50%+1 to win, Trump will have to gain the support of the establishment “Super Delegates” who are highly unlikely to support the outsider.

If you are a member of the GOP, ask your state party leaders about these tricks and what they are planning to do to stop them.

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donald trump

In a sample size of over one thousand readers, the results are in and a resounding 94% of individuals polled don’t trust Republican Party leadership to treat presidential candidate Donald Trump fairly during the Republican nominating convention.

Of the 1,033 readers polled, 80% agreed felt “the party establishment will do anything to stop Trump.”

Another 14% agreed that, “the GOP will not act fairly” with their nominating procedures.

Trump has maintained a large lead in GOP polls for nearly his entire campaign, and it’s likely that the billionaire will maintain that lead through the primary to enter the convention with at least 30% of the vote.

Unless Trump walks into convention with at least 51% of the vote, the primary will not matter as the Republican convention rules require what’s referred to as a “brokered convention” in the event that a candidate does not receive a majority of votes on the first round of voting.

To make matters worse for Trump, party elites control 7% of the first vote during a convention. Those party insiders, known as super delegates, are not bound to vote with the people of their state during the first round.

It’s unlikely Donald Trump can secure even a few of the super delegates.

That means the mogul turned politician will have to walk into the convention with 58% support.

With so many candidates staying in the race and unlikely to drop at the chance of competing and getting stage time during the GOP convention, Trump hitting the majority mark will be a tough road in a six-way+ race.

Of the readers polled, less than one percent, a whopping three votes, trusted the GOP leaders to do the right thing and vote as their constituents intend.

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson–who ran for President in 2012 and is flirting with the idea of another run in 2016–thinks parties are our problem.

Johnson, as a Republican, was Governor of New Mexico between 1994 and 2003. After losing the Republican primary for President in 2012, he switched to the Libertarian Party–and ran as their standard-bearer in the general election, which he lost, despite racking up one of the Libertarian Party’s strongest numbers in history.

But despite his party switching, Johnson makes it clear that parties are the problem–because they force candidates into positions where they have to appease different wings of the same party in order to progress.

“There are issues on which we do not agree, and those tend to be issues that have become litmus tests for Republicans,” Johnson explained. “It is essential that voters have the opportunity to see and hear a candidate who is not constrained by litmus tests.”

He was referring specifically to Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican who is running for President, but it’s a problem that runs deeper than that.

Generally speaking, because different factions in the GOP are opposed to each other, it’s usually the best-financed candidate who ultimately comes out ahead–not necessarily the one that most people support.

“If recent history is an indication,” Johnson explained, “the candidate who finally emerges [as the GOP’s nominee] will be the one the establishment wants and who has the most money. And watching the Republican National Committee limit participation in its own debates, that appears to be their plan once again. That leads to Jeb Bush.”

Johnson was, famously, only allowed in one debate in 2012, while running for the Republican ticket–after polling too low to gain an invitation to the rest. He did not debate either Gov. Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama in the general election, either.

Johnson has not yet announced whether or not he intends to run for President on the Libertarian Party ticket again in 2016.


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