Thursday, October 20, 2016

The System Is Rigged, but in Your Favor, Donald

Donald Trump. (photo: Getty)
Donald Trump. (photo: Getty)

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News
19 October 16
here is no doubt that our election system is rigged. If you’re not running as a Democrat or Republican, the system is stacked against you. You’re right, Donald, the media is part of our rigged elections. They are giving you and Hillary Clinton all the coverage and just about ignoring every other candidate for president. So Donald, you should stop whining. You blew it even with an electoral system set up to give you an advantage.

Donald, it wasn’t the media or the rigged system we have in the United States that offended a majority of American voters. The system didn’t call Mexicans rapists. The system didn’t say a judge couldn’t be impartial because he was a Latino. The system didn’t say it just starts kissing women because they let the rich do it. The system didn’t say it could just grab a woman’s genitals. The system didn’t say John McCain was not a hero because he was captured and was a prisoner of war. The system didn’t offend Gold Star Mothers.

Donald, Donald, Donald…. You have the nomination of the Republican Party. Your political convention was covered gavel to gavel by the media. Hundreds of reporters were denied access to your nomination because of the huge demand. There was no demand for credentials at the Green Party or Libertarian conventions.

Donald, you were guaranteed a spot in our nation’s nationally televised debates. You didn’t need to get to 15% in the polls; the Republican nomination guarantees 30% for you. Most political experts would say it guarantees 40% for you, but I believe that number is dropping.

Donald, while you have a guaranteed spot on the ballot in all 50 states, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson had to waste organizational resources in most states to just qualify to get on the ballot. You have run a campaign that has relied on free media and the spin from your rallies. I wonder how many state ballots you could have qualified for if you had had to rely on your campaign organization to get the signatures needed in each state.

One has to wonder how far you could have gotten if you’d run as a third party candidate. Fox, CNN, and MSNBC wouldn’t have had all their cameras pointed at an empty podium when you told the American people you did us a great service when you forced President Obama to show us his birth certificate.

Okay, so the Republican Party machine is not 100% behind you anymore. Whose fault is that? Candidates you called “lying Ted” and “little Marco” ended up endorsing you.

Even the guy you said wasn’t a hero because he got caught endorsed you. You blew it. They hate Hillary Clinton and to keep her from becoming president they were willing to overlook everything you did. You couldn’t hold on for a few months and hope that more voters would vote against Hillary Clinton than against you. That is what this election has become, a race to the bottom.

We have a two party system that is rigged in favor of the Democrats and Republicans. We do need political reform in this country. That reform needs to level the playing field for candidates that are not Republican or Democrat. We don’t need to change the system to make it fairer for a billionaire who can self-fund and win the Republican party nomination. So once again Donald, you’re right, the system is rigged. But Donald, it’s rigged in your favor, and you still blew it. Now if you really want to un-rig the system in the future, encourage your supporters to support reforming the electoral system for future elections.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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