I just watched an extraordinary interview that revealed the Republican Party establishment’s plans to deny Donald Trump the nomination using voting technicalities at the Republican Convention. In the interview, a member of the GOP establishment said that even if Trump is the definitive leader going into the Convention, the GOP establishment plans to give the nomination to someone else.
In other words, even if Trump is the choice of the overwhelming majority of Republican voters, the GOP establishment will override the clear voice of the People.
This raises the question: Who runs the US? The People or Oligarchs?
Hey dumb voter, if you think your vote counts, you are going to have egg on your face.
The interview took place on Super Tuesday after Trump nearly ran the entire board of states. Former congressman Tom Delay sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Delay opened the conversation.
Delay: All the guys who are saying that Trump is now the nominee are going to have egg on their face. The popular vote is important only in allocating delegates. 60% of the delegates at the Convention will be picked proportionally. If Trump never gets more than 40% of each state…
Matthews: So no one has to beat him for him to lose?
Matthews: The American people have watched how the primaries have decided who would be the nominee for more than half a century. You are saying that the party can actually nominate someone who is not the leader in the primaries?
Delay: If that someone does not have 1237 votes going into the Convention, all hell could break loose.
Matthews: You’re saying they would deny the person who won the primaries.
Delay: Well, 60%…
Matthews: Let me get back. I’ll ask you the same question. How do you deny the leader of the primaries, the winner of the primaries the nomination?
Delay: 60% of those voting did not vote for Trump.
Matthews: Is there any precedent to do this?
Delay: Well, way back when but it has all been thrown out with Trump.
Matthews: You are saying the Republican Party can break precedent.
Delay: It has nothing to do with precedent. It is with following the convention rules.
Matthews: Now you’re going to burn at the stake. I am going to make an announcement. Tom Delay has just said that Donald Trump, even if you get most of the delegates to the Cleveland Convention, even if you have almost all you need, we are going to give this to someone else.
After the interview, Rachel Maddow framed the GOPe plan to deny Trump the nomination in stark terms:
[Trump] is now in historic territory. Nobody has ever won this combination of states before… And his win, the way he is controlling this process, is commanding…
It would be a difficult thing for the Republican Party to say that somebody winning this sweeping a victory would be denied the nomination by the party because of some math that you can do with the delegates.
I do think that the Republican party is going to have to reckon with that. The idea that you would take it away from somebody that Republican voters have chosen this resoundingly.
I don’t know what that would do to the Party. But that’s a big thing to try to do for a democratic country.
While I am not a fan of Maddow, she’s right. Trump’s campaign has unmasked the charade that voters are allowed to choose a candidate. The reality is that plutocrats, through the use of super pacs and control of the media, including “conservative” media like National Review and Fox News, are able to select the candidates of their choosing.
Why does the establishment hate Trump?
The reasons that the GOP establishment gives is that Trump is bad for the party because he says things that might be construed as being racist even though Republican voters obviously do not agree. They say he is too light on policy, even though he has published very detailed policy positions.
Some Christian GOP establishment types like Delay say that Trump is not godly enough—as if most politicians are paragons of virtue.
Oligarchs hate Trump because he favors jobs for Americans
None of these are the real reasons the establishment hates Trump. The real reason is that Trump’s policies negatively impact the largest GOP donors—the Oligarchs.
Most of the Oligarchs own large businesses. These businesses benefit from the lower wages that result from unchecked immigration. Illegal immigration drives down wages of uneducated Americans. But an even bigger issue is the massive amount of legal immigration that drives down wages for middle class Americans. You can see this in the giant amounts of IT labor that is imported from India or China.
All Americans should read Ann Coulter’s book Adios America. Coulter meticulously documents how and why our country is being destroyed by immigration.
Trump affects these businesses because his immigration policy puts Americans first. It stops illegal immigration entirely, and it requires that companies try to hire middle class Americans before sponsoring H1B visas to obtain lower cost foreign workers.
Trump’s policies will force the Oligarchs to spend more money to hire American workers.
Oligarchs hate Trump because they hate fair trade
The Oligarchs love “free trade” because it means they can get their goods more cheaply abroad. That means that more jobs go to China and Mexico, and more Americans are unemployed.
Trump has threatened to level the playing field between the US and countries like Mexico and China. That means that the Oligarchs may no longer find it profitable to export jobs. Instead, they will have to hire more expensive American workers—again negatively impacting their pocketbooks.
Oligarchs hate Trump because they hate competition
Some Oligarchs have large stakes in drug companies and insurance companies. These companies have been protected from competition through crony laws that were implemented by Congress as favors in return for campaign donations.
Trump promises to increase competition which will force these companies to compete like other companies. That will lower their profit margins. Again, the Oligarchs want to protect their pocketbooks.
Oligarchs hate Trump because he doesn’t want to endanger lives of American soldiers for foolish wars
Some of the Oligarchs have interests that are not directly related to money. Some of the Jewish Oligarchs may want the US to continue to fight Israel’s wars. Why should Israel risk the lives of its own young men when middle class boys from Ohio can be blown up instead?
Foreign governments, like Saudi Arabia, also use the American military to fight wars on their behalf. The most recent example of this has been the creation of “rebel” groups to destabilize the Syrian regime of Assad—an enemy of Saudi Arabia.
Trump has made it clear that he has no desire to put American lives at risk fighting for causes that have no direct benefit to the US, and that is unacceptable to the Oligarchs.
Who will win? The People or the Oligarchs?
The Oligarchs are very, very worried. Trump has been running a masterful campaign. American voters are sick of watching their wages stagnate. They are sick of watching jobs dry up and move abroad or be filled by cheaper immigrant labor. They are sick of losing their sons fighting in a distant desert.
And the voters have spoken, loudly and clearly, by voting for Trump.
At this point it appears that the Oligarchs are willing to risk destroying the Republican Party to prevent the election of a President who would hurt their financial interests.
We’ll know by the end of the Republican Convention whether the People or the Oligarchs have won.
Here is the important question: If the Oligarchs win, how much loyalty do you owe a government that is not a result of an honest democratic election?
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