Republicans: Party of the few?
182 voters gather for Republican caucus at Green Mountain Elementary school gym in Lakewood, CO. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
Senator Ted Cruz won the Republican Colorado primary – all 37 delegates –without a single vote being cast.
The Republican Party in Colorado changed their rules in August 2015, doing away with traditional presidential preference poll – not even taking a vote from the people! A few people in the Republican elite in Colorado decided who would win the delegates.
Ted Cruz supporters are defending the GOP and Colorado saying the Republican Party is a private institution and they can do whatever they want. They are playing by the rules they established.
Trump and his supporters have come out in a fury. Trump said of Colorado’s delegates, “You’re allowed to offer trips, and you can buy all these votes. What kind of a system is this? Now, I’m an outsider, and I came into the system and I’m winning the votes by millions of votes. But the system is rigged. It’s crooked.”
Appointed delegates are the ones who choose whom Colorado would support. It was not your average Republican Colorado voter. The political elite decided.
I will call out both sides of the GOP on their B.S. I’m not saying this in support of Trump or in opposition to Cruz but instead against the process that is in place. If this situation were reversed and Trump won all the delegates while Cruz got none – without any votes being cast – The Cruz crew would be livid.
Conservatives need to have consistent principles. This is why both sides are unappealing to millennials. No wonder my generation doesn’t like politics and in large part doesn’t believe our vote even matters.
I believe the Republican Party is terrified of new participants that will shake up the system – their system. So they do all they can to exclude the masses and cater to their inside political entrenched circles. The danger in this goes far beyond this years presidential election because it also speaks to the culture of the republican party. I heard talk radio show hosts this morning say – well republicans are better than the democrats! Seriously? Do they not hear the hypocrisy in their statements? Justifying the Republicans elitist Colorado primary process as less offensive than the Democrat party process doesn’t make it ok.
Colorado may have given their delegates to Cruz but they may have just given the election to Trump. Trump will capitalize on the general republicans voices being excluded from the process and the general public will agree that the republicans are a party of a few people but sure as heck not for all people.