The fullness of time will vindicate Ted Cruz’s actions at the National Convention this week   2 comments

I am not a huge Ted Cruz supporter, though I voted for him in the GOP primary. Cruz won the Alaska GOP primary, by the way. Alaska is not a winner-take-all state. We distribute delegates proportional to the popular vote. Even though Ben Carson had withdrawn from the race, he received enough votes here to have delegates, which many of us were appalled to see the Alaska GOP reapportion to Trump instead of splitting them up between the two front-runners. Trump became even with Cruz by that act of treachery. When Rubio withdrew, his delegates were reapportioned a bit more fairly because the State GOP had been served notice that people were watching, but it served to put Trump ahead of Cruz by a tiny margin.

Remember what I said about Alaska apportioning the delegates proportional to the popular vote? Monday night’s shouting match on the convention floor was, in part, because Alaskan delegates wanted their votes correctly counted. They weren’t. The same thing happened in 2012 with Ron Paul, but that time was because the Alaska GOP screwed the voters and refused to send Paul delegates. This time it was because the RNC screwed the Alaska GOP and didn’t count the delegates as supporting Cruz rather than Trump.

I’m not saying I would vote for Ted Cruz in the future, but I think he did the right thing if he wants a future in politics. And, this article does a good job of explaining why.

If elections are to continue to mean anything in this country, we have got to dismantle this system that forces everyone into two cattle chutes to the same slaughter house. We need to fix the primary “rules” so that people know their votes will count. We need to assure that third party candidates have equal ballot access and representation in the Electoral College based upon what proportion of the popular vote they receive. If we don’t, we might as well just admit that we’re a #BananaRepublic and be done with it. Lela

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Posted July 26, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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2 responses to “The fullness of time will vindicate Ted Cruz’s actions at the National Convention this week

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  1. You’re right in seeing perils in the Electoral College. As it stands now, a mere 25 percent of the popular vote can win the presidency … all it takes is 50 percent plus one vote in states representing 51 percent of the population. You know, California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina … a mere nine states. Let that sink in.

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    • I think the Electoral College isn’t a really bad thing. It was designed to be a check on majority insanity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as designed anymore. I don’t think doing away with it will work out well because unfortunately democracy is turning out to be a stupid idea since people are allowed to vote without the least bit of thought going into their decision. They fail to understand the issues and they don’t care if they tyrannize the other half of the population just so long as they get what their 51% gets what it wants. I’m not sure what the solution is — probably a breaking up of the US into regions that are friendly to one another. Democracy could work on a local level, but when it is nation-wide it forces one half of the population to sit down and shut up if the other half of the population wins an election. That is slavery of the individual to the majority and not really a society worth living in.

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