delegates, Policies, Primaries

It May Be Time To Pressure The Superdelegates

Photo (modified) by Tom Arthur via Flick.com

Photo (modified) by Tom Arthur via Flick.com

Superdelegates are “special” people. They get the same voting power as a delegate in the primaries, but don’t have to represent anyone but themselves and their own personal interests.

They are different from “pledged” delegates who represent the voters of their states. Because they exist outside the Democratic process, superdelegates can override the will of the people. In fact, that is exactly why they exist. The DNC created superdelegates for the specific purpose of overriding their voter base, if the voters choose a candidate the DNC elite disapprove of. The DNC has been less than neutral, and has strongly supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. If Bernie Sanders wins the majority of remaining states in the primaries (a strong probability), and has the majority of pledged delegates, he can still lose. In fact, there is very little doubt the superdelegates will override our votes. They have already committed to it.

Who are these superdelegates. They are too numerous to list in this article. There are 715 superdelegates. A list of their names can be found here, or here. They are people who do favors, and accept favors, casually. By itself, that is not a bad trait. However, when it is used to manipulate and override the voting system and favor a few, it is not a system supporting Democracy. Just the opposite. These superdelegates will thoughtlessly thwart the will of the people to support someone they have made a deal with, or that they only know casually, if at all.

Several of the superdelegates have came out and said in a very matter of fact tone that they will hold strong, even if the voters of their respective states want someone else. Bernie and his camp though, have not spent a ton of time fretting over superdelegates, in fact you’ll remember that Bernie’s Senior Adviser Tad Devine was one of the original creators of the superdelegate system and when he was in Obama’s camp in 2008 watched the exodus, as now President Obama began picking off states and taking the pledged delegate lead. That said, little harm can be done in letting these political insiders know that if they DO go against the will of the people they will be facing unemployment when their next election comes around. 

These people need to be told they should not block the will of the people. The “honor” bestowed upon them by the DNC should not be used to install a Presidential candidate chosen by the DNC elite. Within a Democracy, it is completely appropriate to contact these superdelegates and complain about their commitment to Hillary Clinton. Tell them we do not want to live in a plutocracy, with the wealthy and elite ruling over us, and steadily making us poorer and poorer as they steal our incomes and our lives.

If we want a nonviolent revolution, we have to convince the superdelegates to support the “simple majority.”

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