Bernie Sanders Gets Screwed


This offering is NOT about whether or not Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for the Democrats or for the nation. It IS about how the cards were, and are, stacked against him by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

In the NH primary Bernie won the vote there in a landslide. However, the result was that both he and Hillary Clinton came away with the same number of delegates. How is this possible? Well, because of what are called "Super Delegates", or "unpledged" delegates, that's how.

The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, explained the process by which this could - and will - happen in an interview on CNN.

She offered that the only "available" delegates in the NH, or any primary, vote were "pledged" delegates. The "unpledged" delegates (i.e., "Super Delegates") are not up for voting. The "unpledged" delegates are selected by the heads of the Democratic party.

Further, and I quote, she offered this: "Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't have to be a position where they are running against grassroots activists."

So, I am left to conclude that if someone runs against the Democratic party's "favorite", either person or position, then the party can and will ensure that such a grassroots movement will have the most difficult of time in succeeding.

Democracy at its finest, this is - NOT!

It may be just that I am ill informed, but I don't remember the battle cry, "The Will Of The People Be Damned", being a part of any democracy I've ever heard about - clear back to ancient Greece.

(NOTE: Both parties do this type of thing - and it should not be allowed by any party. Watch for something similar to happen with Trump and/or Cruz. Yes, any party has the absolute right to decide what it stands for and should have the right to disallow a candidate from running under their "flag" if the candidate does not support the party's "creed". However, to allow a candidate to "fly the flag" of one's party and then "sandbag" him or her, seems a bit sleazy and undemocratic to me.)

Don't think my above Schultz quote is accurate? Well then, watch for yourself.