We have elections, but we no longer have representative government.
National elections are not about Washington, D.C. responding to the will of the American people; they are about the distribution of power between the two political establishments.
Members of the political establishments parlay that power into influence, privilege, and affluence by redistributing the wealth generated by ordinary Americans into their own pockets and those of their friends.
The Democrat establishment is composed of the Democrat Party, liberal financiers, unions, and the mainstream media.
The Republican establishment includes big-government Republicans, their financiers, and pundits masquerading as conservative media.
The objective of both establishments is the same: to maintain a corrupt political status quo unconstrained by the Constitution and the rule of law.
The means by which both establishments maintain the status quo is the same: fostering a culture of dependency.
The Democrat establishment creates a culture of dependency by expanding government control and entitlements fed by tribal politics, which divides America into a collection of minority groups where the only thing that we have in common is our differences.
National Democrat Party Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL), admitted as much when she recently proclaimed the Democratic Party as the “natural home” for minorities.
The Republican establishment produces a culture of dependency by limiting choice.
They want to remain the sole alternative to the Democrats. When grassroots movements like the Tea Party arise or independent thinkers speak out, they are co-opted or crushed by the Republican establishment.
On August 28, 2012, at their convention in Tampa, the Republican establishment rammed through a rules change (see video and article) that weakened the Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) delegate count and made other changes that will make it harder for non-establishment candidates to succeed in future elections by centralizing power in the hands of a few GOP operatives and stripping rights away from the state organizations. Several members of the Maine delegation walked out after the convention affirmed the GOP’s decision to replace 10 of Maine’s 24 delegates.
The Republican establishment also limits choice by pre-selecting candidates. In a private conversation, a Republican state chairman stated that Romney was selected as the nominee of the Republican establishment long before the primaries began.
Conservative Americans comprise about forty percent of the Republican electorate. The Republican establishment is now in the process of blackmailing them.
While making rules to suppress the impact conservatives and other grassroots movements have within the party, the Republican establishment proclaims the defeat of Barack Obama as the critical issue of the 2012 election and demands that everyone rally behind Mitt Romney to prevent the disaster of a second Obama Administration.
Wiselot Rouzard, a delegate from Nevada and a Ron Paul supporter, compared the Republican establishment power grab to Adolf Hitler taking power in Germany.
“There’s nothing American about what just happened,” he said. “This is the death of the Republican Party.”
Thomas Jefferson warned of just such a situation now occurring in the Republican Party. He called it “elective despotism.”
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Afghanistan and the Culture of Military Leadership“. He receives email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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