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Republican Convention 2012: Trouble On The Path To The Presidential Nomination

Updated on February 1, 2012

No Voter Fraud Needed - It's All In The Rules

photo by an0nym0usmuse on Flickr
photo by an0nym0usmuse on Flickr

The Swindle Of The Voting Public

The 2012 Republican National Convention is set to start on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida, and it is there that the actual selection of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will take place. Despite all of the year's binding caucuses, non-binding caucuses, primaries, debates, and beauty contests, it is at the 2012 Republican National Convention in August that the remaining candidates will actually receive the coveted title of nominee. It is quite fitting that the Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, a place where US Army troops first stole the "Sunshine State" from the native Seminole Indian tribes in the early 1800s. Sure the venue has changed and it will be Tampa Bay Times Forum Convention Center instead of Fort Brooke. The people have changed too, and it will be a broad conglomeration of Republican delegates, GOP elite, news media, and thousands of Occupy protesters thrown in for good measure instead of Andrew Jackson's military forces as in the Seminole Wars, but the outcome will likely be the same as Republican leadership looks to insure everyone that it has been a fair process and that the selected nominee is indeed the preferred choice of the masses to face incumbent President Barack Obama.

Please put aside your political differences for a moment to understand a much larger problem that is becoming even more relevant and obvious during this year's election cycle. In fact, the Florida primaries have just concluded and it has been projected that Mitt Romney will take first place and walk away with the delegates. Apparently the masses were easy enough to tame with a little mind control and coercive persuasion this year - no hanging chads needed. But even if one is to accept that mainstream media's corrupt influence and propaganda was the only thing at work during the Florida primary, and that no outright voter fraud was needed this time around, there is still a vastly more concerning issue in play here.

You see Florida is a winner-take-all state which means that the election winner is the only who will receive any delegates after all is said and done. On this post-primary eve that is looking to be Mitt Romney barring any last minute vote recount reversals and such (aka Iowa 2012). This should mean that Mitt Romney, cousin of President George W. Bush as well as cousin of 2012 candidate fellow Mormon drop-out Jon Huntsman and a total of 6 past presidents (check or Time for more details), should receive the proper proportion of delegates according to Florida's population. I guess those presidential ties explain why Willard's father's name is actually George W. Romney! But no, Romney will only receive a total of 50 national delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention in their own state. Therein lies the problem, that a select group of the top GOP elites in Florida and nationally can decide that every vote cast should only count for 1/2 of what it actually should. Florida is the 4th most populous state in the US and will only got to cast a little .5 slivers of a vote. The people there should be furious. It is a means of manipulation whereby the GOP big boys can make the rules and determine the outcome. If I were into conspiracy theories I might even believe that it was to intentionally to reduce Romney's delegates in an effort to boost one of the other candidates. It is obvious that Ron Paul would never receive such preferential treatment because he cannot be bought off like the other guys, so then it would have to be to provide a favorable path for Gingrich or Santorum. But even without a conspiracy theory, the Florida citizens should be enraged that a few old men could slice their votes in half. If that is not fuel enough to realize that this system is rigged and must be fixed then how about this: the Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands all receive delegates for the 2012 Republican Convention, and not measly half delegates either.

That is right, the Northern Mariana Islands is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean whose claim to fame was a launching point for Enola Gay and Bosckar which dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will receive delegates in this process. The US territory of Guam adjacent to the Norther Mariana Islands commonwealth will also receive delegates as long as they can hold the Guam caucus before the island tips over. (See Democratic Representative Hank Johnson and his congressional comments on Guam for a good laugh and an idea of the type of nonsense that actually emerges from these voting processes) American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the United States and is located way out in the Pacific Ocean close to Australia, yet the people there will receive more voting influence than a voter in Florida. Republicans in the US Virgin Islands will be driving on the left side of the road as they make their way to the caucus to cast their vote which will count as 2 Floridian ballots. Puerto Rico US citizens will also be having a say. Most of these areas will not be able to cast a vote in the general election, but they will all be putting 100% of their delegates up against Florida's 50%. Something is very wrong when state GOP chairmen trade the value of their citizens' votes for better press coverage or more luxurious hotel rooms.


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