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We The People vs. Them The Government: Why Trump Won't Be President

Updated on March 18, 2016

I badly underestimated the Republican Party

A short time ago, I wrote an article in which I stated that the Grand Old Party, the Republican Party itself, might use the Electoral College to make sure Donald Trump doesn't become our next President. Well, from what I read today, he may not make it out of the Primary.

"in the days leading up to the convention, the RNC Rules Committee could recommend rules changes to the Convention Rules Committee. That committee could tweak the recommendations but they they would ultimately have to send the new rules to the floor of the convention for a vote by the delegates. If the delegates vote to change the rules so as to ‘unbind’ themselves, then they could vote for whoever they wanted even in that first round."

This is a direct quote from an online article I read by Rachel Stockman writing for the Law Newz by Dan Abrams. It literally means that the Republican National Convention could change the rules and get to vote for whoever they want to in order to not have Trump represent the Republican Party. Even if he were to get to the magical 1,237 votes required to gain the nod.

So while I was postulating that the Republicans might throw enough votes in the actual Presidential Election Clinton's way to vote her in as President, the reality is this could happen even before then: Trump could be out before the election itself.


The Republicans apparently hate Trump so much they will resort to any means possible in order to make sure he doesn't win the election. Change the rules, vote against what the people they represent have said, vote across party lines: there may be no end to it.

I am absolutely shocked. Never have I seen this type of blatant, in your face, you don't matter behavior in the forefront of the media. For years we have believed that the Government thinks this way about We The People, making deals whenever and wherever, with friend and enemy alike; taking jobs needed here at home and sending them overseas in order to help their buddies make a larger profit; allowing Wall Street to reap massive profits on the backs of the middle class; never holding Big Oil and Big Pharmaceuticals in line when money is to be made for all at the cost of our livelihoods; forcing laws and bills down our throat in order to help them and their cronies. We believed it: now we have proof.

So what are we going to do about it?

Trump as President
Trump as President | Source
Sanders as Vice President
Sanders as Vice President | Source

What can we do?

If, in fact, the Republican Party pursues this course of action, they run the risk of several things occurring. One, they themselves will be voted out at the earliest opportunity. That is, if We The People are still sufficiently angry at being spurned by them. Two, Trump could conceivably run on a third party ticket. Here's an idea: Trump and Sanders running together as President and Vice President when Clinton gets the Democratic nod, and someone like Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan the Republican nod. Can you imagine? The ultimate capitalist and the borderline communist running together for the BETTERMENT of our country?

Or three: an uprising like this country has never seen. If I am not mistaken, the last time an uprising against tyrannical government who utterly disregarded the people's thoughts occurred was oh, some 240 years ago or so. Will we be on such a precipice? Will we be staring stark revolution straight in the face?

Will our chosen representatives risk it?

What is a "Brokered Convention"?

One of the terms I am hearing is Brokered Convention. I had no idea what this meant; if it was taught in Political Science class back in the 1970's I don't remember it. So I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, a Brokered Convention is as follows:

"In United States politics, a brokered convention, alternately referred to as a contested convention, and sometimes as an open convention, is a situation in which no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates (whether those selected by primary elections and caucuses, or superdelegates) prior to the first vote for a political party's presidential candidate at its nominating convention."

In other words, when no clear cut candidate has sufficient quantity of the delegates votes, then what is termed "horse trading" occurs. It literally means all bets are off, and in a dingy, smoke filled back room (my imagination runs wild here) deals are cut in order to decide who will represent the party.

Now, that sounds fair doesn't it? We The People are tossed aside like yesterday's soiled linens, our thoughts and feelings completely ignored while the people in power, those individual representatives we voted on to carry our voice to Washington, to represent us can decide to vote for who THEY want to. If that is not tyranny at work I don't know what is.

If the Republican Party were to have a Brokered Convention, what would you do?

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Will it be him?
Will it be him? | Source

And that very well may be where we are headed. If the powers that be get their way, it will be Clinton who is our next President. Clinton is a known quantity, a Washington insider, and even if she is a woman she is "one of the boys". And as for her being the first woman President, don't fool yourself: she's already run this country for eight years. Make no bones about it, she was the power behind the throne when her husband was in office.

Of course there is another alternative to Trump and Cruz: John Kasich. There is a part of me that wonders if he is remaining in the race for a two fold purpose: first to offer a challenge to Trump and attempt to remove some delegates from his total, thereby muddying the waters further and two: he will become the party's choice for the Republican candidate for President if this goes to a brokered convention. Again, he is a known quantity and better the one you know that the wild card you don't. We are playing poker with America's future; We The People are betting the whole stack on one wild card, hoping that something changes, that America can get back into We The People's hands. Trump appears to be the trump card (pun intended) and as such, is the one card in the deck that is perceived to be able to win the pot. Washington is scared to death of Trump as he is a true wild card in this game. And one thing the Government doesn't want is a wild card in office.

So, what are your thoughts? Which direction are we headed? Will this become the most controversial, bitterly contested Presidential Campaign in history? Will this be the final straw, breaking the camel's back? Will We The People finally stand up, untie as one and say enough? If enough Americans desire Trump to be President, will he be the Republican candidate, or will he be tossed aside in favor of a better representative of what the Republican Party desires? Will the voice of America be heard? Will it be silenced? Or will business continue as normal, with the sheep continuing to be led to slaughter? Time will tell.


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      John Wilson 18 months ago from Whereever I hang my hat is my hone. Currently in Ibarra, Ecuador

      I see that worked out real well for ya!

      Carry on....

      Go Trump!

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Jim, this is one for the books, and will be an election that may well re-write those books. Thanks for the read and comments and hang on! It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

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      FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      And - This link is a dramatization from George Washington's farewell address, where he warns against supporting the evolution of political parties.

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      FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      It is amazing that there is active discussion that the powers that be in the Republican Party might change the Republican Convention rule-book to get their way. Such a move would be remarkably similar to our current two party system at the federal level. When the Democrats win, they change the rules to please their Democrat friends. When the Republicans win they change the rules to please their Republican friends. Changing the rules after the process has run its course but before the game is over would be a blatant control tactic. The analogy would be children playing monopoly to ever-changing house rules; but the goal would be the same - anything to win – how you play the game means nothing.

      If rule changes occur within a party’s process, it would mean that the powers that be of that party are openly dismissing the notion of representation in favor of elitist controls. No doubt they will provide soothing words to their supporting voters as they do so, similar to pacifying sheep before they are fleeced.

      But gaming the rule-book can only take you so far before people catch on.

      Further, at the end of the path to the Presidency is an Electoral College that follows a constitutionally defined process for selecting a president, and that process cannot be changed by the reactionary whim of a rules committee.

      This year it seems more likely than before that the selection of President and Vice-President will end up in the Electoral College. Imagine a four candidate possibility: Trump tossed from Republican consideration in favor an establishment candidate (whoever). Trump runs as an Independent, or (gasp) as a Libertarian. Hillary does not get indicted, and runs as the Democratic choice. Sanders runs as an Independent. None of them win a majority, either in the popular vote, or in the initial assignment of electoral ballots. At that point the Constitutional process takes over, and it would be anybody’s guess as to how it would turn out.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      I love the commentary that is continuing here. This is exactly what America needs: an awakening. And like him or not, this is what Trump had given us. A choice to continue blindly down the path or to wake up and make a change. I believe America is aware and will demand that change. Thank you all for assisting in this; the time is now and the need has never been stronger.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      jackclee lm - You nailed it again. The media is biased as hell and either outright lies, stretches the truth, or fails to report matters of a signifigant nature.

      It is interesting to watch some of the foreign news broadcasts such as BBC where they just report plain news with no spin and no finger pointing.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Poolman, I agree. More people getting engaged in the political process is definitely a good thing. For too long, the political insiders have been counting on "low information" voters and public apathy to get their way. The media is also a big loser. They have been exposed for the bias they been pushing down American's throat. They don't even try to hide it anymore. The NYT and others are committing suicide. No one believes them any more... How sad. We need an independent press as watch dog over the political leaders. We don't have that any more.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      jackclee lm - I often wonder if those who back Sanders because of all the "free stuff" he is proposing realize they will be responsible for eventually paying the bill.

      I realize that many of them have never had to pay a bill in their entire life so this concept is completely foreign to them. It seems to be the everybody-gets-a-trophy crowd who don't understand that there really is no such thing as "free stuff".

      The best thing about this whole election is it has called attention to what a poor job our elected representatives have been doing for us. Regardless of the outcome of the election there will be some positive changes because of this new awareness. Many citizens will be getting more involved and demanding better performance from those they elected.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Not all millennials are backing socialist Sanders. It is true many are brainwashed by the liberal professors in our colleges. However, I know many who after graduating and started working, quickly realize what the real world is like. They don't like paying taxes that go to waste. Our government has failed the millennials and they are engaged. They are beginning to realize that they will have to bear the burden of our national debt.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Jack and Mike if the Millennials are on top of things, it is quite plain who they want: Bernie. Thanks and have a great evening.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      jackclee lm - I'm not totally pessimistic about our future. The problem as I see it is we citizens went to sleep and paid little or no attention to what was happening. Perhaps your right and the next generation will be awake and more knowledgeable. It is theirs to do now as we have had our turn and did it poorly.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Oldpoolman, I agree with you our two party system is broken. It has been for a while and they have been playing the American people on both sides. I am not as pessimistic as you about our future. I have faith in the next generation of millennials. They are not stupid and not easily misled. There is the web which they have grown up with. They can get past the spin and the hype. I am focusing my energy in influencing and teaching them about our history and the conservative movement. I think their is a new resurgence of young conservatives.

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Lol. Your outright hatred of me is amusing. Regardless, you are wrong. Everyone keeps saying they want big change, we'll what's bigger than that? No one wants real change, they want the safe and comfortable.

      We are used to men being in those positions, I say flip the switch.

      Women as potus and veep, would be REAL change. Like monumental.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      LMC - Your outright hatred of men is influencing your decision making.

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Since youre dreaming up tickets, I'd go for Hillary as prez, Warren as veep.

      Vs all the men.

      Now that would rock.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Bill I am still learning about Kasich but the fact that the Republican Party desires him makes me think twice. I just don't know.

      Shadrack2 it is scary but is it any scarier than what we have had and what we could continue to have?

      Perspycacious, the time for status quo is over. The time to make a change has arrived. Is Trump the one? Is Bernie? If not them, then who? If not now, then when? I fear for what is to come in the future, win or lose.

      Mike, thanks again for stopping by and visiting.

      Take care all. Have a great weekend.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Perspycacious - I completely agree with that comment.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      We don't need sweet talking. We need someone who will act in the best interests of all Americans, allies, and friends.

      We don't need one party hack in the White House and the other party's hacks controlling the Congress.

      We've been there, done that, and stagnated to our own discredit.

      If not Trump, then Kasich.

      Cruz didn't get things done, and Hillary (the "Teflon Donna") didn't either and deserves to be held accountable for what she has already managed to screw up royally.

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      Shadrack2 2 years ago

      It is scary but this guy might just be the next US president.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the most fascinating election I've ever lived through. I'm not using "fascinating" as a good term in this case, but it is interesting to the max. The convention will be a dog fight and I'll actually be rooting for least he's civil and makes sense.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Mike, I too am finding out how little power we have in today's government. It infuriates me, and is forcing me to re-examine what we can do to reclaim our country. There are few recourse's available and I mean to take all of them that I can and I suggest you and the rest of America do as well. If not, we are doomed as a country, and will eventually become less than we are, and less than our founding fathers hoped we would be. Take care, Sir.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      I have heard people saying for years they don't even bother to vote because their vote doesn't count. I have always told them they are dead wrong on this but now I must question my own thinking.

      I have probably paid more attention to this election than any election in history. Perhaps that is because I am now retired and have more time on my hands. Or it could be that like many I am fed up with politics as usual we see coming out of Washington.

      This whole process with the delegates and electoral college is so confusing very few even understand it, and that includes me. I had no idea that at least some of these delegates are lobbyists, and we all know none of them would ever accept a bribe.

      I wonder what would happen if we just went back to popular vote and the candidate with the most votes won the election? Could it be any simpler than this?

      Many of us have known for years that we really no longer have a two-party system. Those who have been there for many years have formed a club and joined forces regardless of party affiliation. But the did this to increase their own power and line their own pockets with gold, not for the good of the people.

      They are very scared of someone like Trump who could come in and ruin everything they have going for them.

      If the people would wake up we could take care of much of this at the voting booth. But then I just saw a man-in-the-street asking people how they thought "Whitey Bulger" would do as the next Supreme Court Justice. They thought he would do just fine. For those who don't know Whitey Bulger is a convicted crime boss serving time for multiple murders, extortion, racketeering, money laundering, and many other things. That interview would prove we have some very low information voters in our midst.

      At any rate, it will prove very interesting but I fear the winner has already been decided by the elite who now rule this country. I will cast my ballot but will not have much faith in my vote meaning much as far as who will be our next President.


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