How is it that the political system is so screwed up? Thousands of people are frustrated because they feel as if their vote really doesn’t matter. In the age of primary elections, caucuses, and delegates we have a system that appears to be somewhat broken. How might you ask? The whole system of delegation makes sense when it’s left up to the people but the SUPER DELEGATE is somewhat of a mystery. Super delegation appears to carry more weight than it should.
2016 will be the year of the candidate that no one likes. It’s going to be more party driven than ever before. There appears on the surface to be no clear love or respect for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as candidates for President of the United States. If America doesn’t love them, how can you expect the rest of the world to love them?
There have been several right-winged outburst about the record of Hillary Clinton and rightfully so. There have been millions of young voters that are rejecting Hillary’s campaign this year are making a carefully reasoned, even reluctant calculation about the limits of the insider politics both she and her husband have represented.
For young voters, the real issues of our age have been her role in the Iraq invasion, the resolution of our financial crisis, her husbands role in free trade, and the aspects of mass incarceration. Others will note her role in domestic surveillance, condoning police brutality, debt and income inequality, among others.
And to one degree or another, the modern Democratic Party, often including Hillary Clinton personally, has been on the wrong side of virtually all of these issues.1 That being said, does that mean she’s not Presidential? Who are we to judge?
Then on the other hand we have Donald Trump. Nobody expected “The Donald” to even get this far, including Trump. Give it to the man, he runs a clutch campaign. He’s calculated and very demonstrative when he needs to be. He’s running the type of campaign that die hard conservatives love and want. The problem with it is that it probably won’t bode well for him in a general election.
Trump has no political experience. His argument is that it’s a business and America is a corporation. He’s not wrong as most entities are but lets keep it real here; people want to know that they are in good hands when it comes to leadership. How in the world is Trump going to win a general election if two-thirds of people don’t like him and 56 percent feel that way “strongly?” (By contrast, a slight majority — 52 percent — say they don’t like Hillary Clinton, including 41 percent “strongly.”) 2
Here lies the conundrum. How do American’s choose between two people they dislike? How does two people that nobody really wants get in position to win the most powerful office in the world? That brings us back to delegation. There are instances where Bernie Sanders has won the popular vote by double digit percents but still lost the delegation because Hillary took all of the super delegates. In fact when you look at the numbers up close, Sanders has won as many states as Hillary but the delegate distribution is fairly lopsided. 3
Why would you trust a system that is so broken? Why would you believe your vote counts when it clearly doesn’t always seem that way. This is clearly about raising money and super PACs. Ironically we argue about how big business and industry are too strong and someone needs to take them on. Well when someone decides too, the system won’t let them be great. It’s a sad situation when you have no choice but to curl up between a rock and a hard place.