Delegates react as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
With all this talk about delegates, I decided to consult the dictionary as to the definition of delegate. This is what I found: a delegate is someone who is sent to represent others. To delegate is to entrust someone. Doesn’t that make the betrayal of delegates representing “We the people” even more disturbing? We the people have given our trust and sent our chosen delegate to represent us. Representatives represent. Their only voice is the people’s voice.
In history we read of national leaders sending delegations to other countries. Representatives hand over their superiors’ wish and await reply. Can you imagine the severe punishment if a messenger appeared before the receiver, tore up the message and declared a personal view on the matter? This treacherous behavior would demand severe punishment.
So why do our delegates get wined and dined for their betrayal of we the people? Why is there no accountability?
If there must be free-floating delegates, let us change their label to “the decision-makers” for they are not delegates in the true meaning of the word.