(This Op-Ed was published in Florida Today newspaper this date, April 24, 2016.)
BACK ROOM DELEGATE DEALS DEPRIVE US OF POWER
Since when did my vote as a citizen, carry less weight than another citizen’s vote? Why should an ex-president or former governor carry more clout in the voting process than me?
Answer: Since the parties started rigging primaries with Super Delegates and Super Pacs.
This primary season has proven to be an obfuscation of voter rights, both parties, which nullifies the precepts of democracy, i.e., one man, one vote.
On the Democratic side, someone with the political notoriety of Hillary Clinton can assemble nearly 714 former and current politicians whose votes are already in the pocket without going to the polls. They are free to vote as they choose, or as they’ve been lobbied, but not as ordinary primary voters. Hillary gets most of those 714 votes au gratis, without earning them. That gives her a major head start against anyone running in the primaries, a near-impossible hill to climb for a challenger. That’s democracy?
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