Chuck See: “Give ’em Hell, Harry!”

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Boy that Barack is really giving ’em hell, isn’t he? And that McCain, given up for dead! But wait, let’s look at the numbers…

           
Delegate Count – Democrats  
State Date Delegates Clinton Obama Edwards
Total 249 179 52
Super Delegates 463 201 116 26
Iowa 3-Jan 57 15 16 14
New Hampshire 8-Jan 30 9 9 4
Michigan 15-Jan 0 *
Nevada 19-Jan 33 12 13
South Carolina 26-Jan 54 12 25 8
2,025 Delegates Needed to Win (Delegate Counts Come From AP, Wash Post, ABC News & RCP)
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/democratic_delegate_count.html  
     
Delegate Count – Repbulicans  
State Date Delegates Romney Huckabee McCain
Total 59 40 36
Unpledged RNC 0
Iowa 3-Jan 40 7 30
Wyoming 5-Jan 14 * 8
New Hampshire 8-Jan 12 * 4 1 7
Michigan 15-Jan 30 * 23 1 6
Nevada 19-Jan 34 17 3 4
South Carolina 19-Jan 24 * 5 19
1,191 Delegates Needed to Win (Delegate Counts Come From AP, Wash Post, ABC News & RCP)
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/republican_delegate_count.html  
 
Democrats  
Candidate Money Raised Net Contributions* Money Spent Cash on Hand  
Hillary Rodham Clinton $90,935,788 $78,615,215 $40,472,775 $50,463,013  
Barack Obama $80,256,427 $78,915,507 $44,169,236 $36,087,191  
John Edwards $30,329,152 $29,935,179 $17,932,103 $12,397,048  
 
Republicans  
Candidate Money Raised Net Contributions* Money Spent Cash on Hand  
Mitt Romney $62,829,069 $44,063,569 $53,612,552 $9,216,517  
Rudy Giuliani $47,253,521 $44,559,299 $30,603,695 $16,649,826  
John McCain $32,124,785 $30,306,621 $28,636,157 $3,488,628  
Ron Paul $8,268,453 $8,202,085 $2,824,786 $5,443,667  
Mike Huckabee $2,345,798 $2,340,177 $1,694,497 $651,301  
Alan Keyes $22,768 $22,768 $10,139 $12,629  
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/finance/comparison/  

Can that be right? Hillary has 40% more votes than Obama? McCain is running 3rd? But what about what they said on the news? What’s going on here? Well, things aren’t always as the seem, and it seems that in politics things are often not what they seem! What am I saying?

Firstly, did you know that Hillary has lots of friends (we’ll defer talking about how she got them)? And did you further know that many of those friends are influential in the Democratic Party? In fact, her hubby gets to vote for her. Not a stubby little vote like we get, but a great big huge vote equal to tens of thousands of our puny little votes.

Yep, it’s called a Super Delegate. And though they cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound they can change the outcome of an election (which is much more of a super-power, in the end). These “Super Delegates” are people like Democratic Governors, ex presidents, congressfolks, Committee members and other friends of the party. Just a few…well 842, which is about 40% of what it takes to cinch the nomination. You probably think that I am making all this up. But just look it up for yourself or read: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18277678/

Again I ask, What am I saying? What I’m saying is “Why didn’t we know this?” What I’m saying is that the News Media stinks. We are constantly being misled as to who said what, and what is really going on. We’re constantly being fed half truths. But why Chuck, why? You might ask. Well, since you asked…I think it’s because the Media is more interested in making as much money as possible for the owners than it is in keeping us informed. What sells air time? A one-sided clear cut election or a cliff hanger stuffed full of drama? What sells news print?

Ok, you think I’m being a little silly here. It’s just a coincidence that the candidates with the most money are also getting the most delegates (except for Giuliani, which may also say something). But the more important point that I want to make is that the two dominate political parties, Democratic and Republican, have a stranglehold on the American government, and they are not likely to let go of it anytime soon. They decide who will be the few people that you get to choose from for your President. That is not democracy; that is an oligarchy.

But the worst part is that it’s not working. The people are no longer represented by their representatives! That is evident in the sad approval rating that Congress now has. But whose fault is that? Who elected them? Oh my God, We did!

This is just what George Washington warned about in his departing address. So what can we do? It’s not going to be easy, because those who now possess the hallowed halls of government are not simply going to hand them over. We need to stop supporting the major parties. We need to vote for independents. We need to write to our congresspeople and insist that they institute ballot reform to remove the bias from our election system. Ballot requirement should be standardized between states and have the same requirements for all, independent of party affiliation.

You might be surprised to hear the John McCain is the chairman of a non-profit organization (The Reform Institute) that champions some of these issues. But much more is needed, and until we quit voting for the incumbents, we aren’t going to make substantial progress. Once Congress sees some long time incumbents fall, the remainder might get serious about representing the American people.

So I’m here to ask you to do a few things. 1) Be critical. When you hear something about a candidate or the government ask yourself, who is paying for this message? Is it the whole story or a half truth? What does the teller have to gain? 2) Look things up. When you get excited or angry about something you hear, look it up on the internet. We are currently blessed with this resource. You probably won’t get the absolute truth there, but you will get many half truths, and with a little work perhaps you can figure out what the real truth really is. 3) Try to vote for people who will put the power of government back into the hands of the people, via term limits, ballot reform, election reform, etc. 4) Have confidence in your neighbor. Fear is the strongest weapon that the oppressors have. We need to stick together as a people, help each other, watch over each other, and support each other. 5) If there’s not a good candidate in your district, run for congress. We need people who care about what happens to this country, and are willing to sacrifice to make the right things happen.

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One Response

  1. Sorry, I just noticed the table, as shown in this post, is incomplete. For the complete table see:
    http://chucksee.wordpress.com/give-em-hell-harry/

    or to get the updated situation go to:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/democratic_delegate_count.html Or

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/republican_delegate_count.html

    The crux of the matter is that Hillary Clinton still leads Barack Obama by 256 to 181 delegates. The primary reason for her lead is the vote of the Super Delegates, of which she has 208 vs. Obama’s 118. Without these Obama would lead 63 delegates to Hillary’s 48. So as of right now, the Democratic party and it’s friends have decided that Hillary will be the nominee over the wishes of the voting public.

    “Democratic Party” seems to be one of those misnomers, like “Homeland Security”, “Patriot Act” and “Military Intelligence”.

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