Cleveland Convention Chaos, Donald Trump and the Rule of Law…

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Those who say that if Trump has a plurality of the delegates by the time the GOP gets to the convention he should be given the nomination, sound like a vapid Miss America contestant calling for “World Peace”. That’s not to suggest that Trump shouldn’t walk away from the convention with the nomination, but rather simply, that it shouldn’t be his by default.

There’s an easy way for Trump to guarantee that he walks away from the convention with the nomination: Win 50% +1 delegates. It’s actually that simple. As the rules are written, that’s what a candidate needs to secure the nomination. It’s said that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades… and a plurality may be close, but it’s not 50% +1.

If the point is to give the nomination to the guy with the most votes, then why didn’t the rules committee make that the rule? They could have, but they didn’t. So what we have is a scenario where someone could walk into the convention with 49% of the vote and not walk away with the nomination. “Gee, that’s not fair…” So let’s just give it to him! OK, well, then, let’s say instead of 49% he had 36%… do we do the same? How about 29%? Or how about this… we anoint the guy with 26% of the vote over two other guys have 25% each and where 74% of the voters want someone else?

There are endless scenarios that can play out if we simply toss the rules, but the fact of the matter is, the whole point of the multiple ballots at the convention is to create a framework for choosing the nominee when there is no clear winner. That involves horse trading, deal making and different candidates jockeying for position. That might not be as pristine as the newly driven snow, but things rarely are.

This of course creates an opportunity for the despicable GOP establishment to take advantage of the situation and try and foist some failed candidate like Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush on us, but it’s their right to try. It’s just up to the delegates to not let them. If that were to happen there would no doubt be a revolution, but sometimes you can’t save a party from itself any more than you can a person.

The bottom line is, those making this argument are making the argument that Al Gore should have been sworn in as President in 2001 because he won a majority of the votes. “It’s only fair…” But that didn’t happen because that’s not how the rules were written. Indeed, if we are going to throw out the rules and go with what’s “fair” then we might as well not have rules in the first place. That’s the difference between rule of law and the rule of man. One gives participants a clear understanding of how the rules work and motivates them to work within that framework for particular goals clearly understanding the possible outcomes and potential consequences for their decisions. The other provides none of that clarity as rules change as the powerful manipulate outcomes favorable to them, giving everyone the motivation to curry favor with the powerful and take advantage of the weak. One fosters freedom and prosperity while the other fosters duplicity, obsequiousness and treachery.

We already have one president who has decided that the limitations of the Constitution don’t apply to him… let’s not start the next one down that same path by the party telling him that the rules only apply when they work to his advantage.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

54 Responses to “Cleveland Convention Chaos, Donald Trump and the Rule of Law…”

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Redteam:You have a penchant for being wrong on most everything—that’s expected from you–example Trump loses to Kasich in Ohio.
    But lying about American war hero Webb supporting a low life like Trump?? Why do you need to lie about that. Don’t you look foolish enough already?
    Wait Are you saying Cruz and Kasich aligned with Soros–Guess you can look more foolish.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @kitt: 68 Dem Convention was a nightmare.
    Kitt No question that Trump is promoting this violence—as in he’s gonna pay legal expenses for guy who sucker punched the protester as he was being removed by police. The kid a 22 student at locale wanted to grab mike from Trump and let fly like BLM protester at Bernie rally.
    Trump sees this as WWF–like— which he use to promote
    Not my kind of leader but to each his own—he’s got his hardcore followers but he’ll never win a G.E. Tomorrow is huge.

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    kitt

    @Richard Wheeler: The only real violence has been some really old guy that popped the protester in the face, no injuries. He will most likely get hit harder by the justice system than the guy who tried to get on the stage possibly to attack Trump, a Federal crime http://theweek.com/speedreads/609856/once-candidates-have-secret-servic.
    Anybody trying that with Hillary would spend time behind bars not free for an interview on MSNBC the same week.
    So Trump pays a few hundred for a non-repentant crumudgeon, big deal. Trump isn’t promoting the violence he is being promoted by it. All unending news cycle free free free advertising name recognition. I am getting Trump burn-out.

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