By Roger F. Gay
HEADS UP TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION!
It's a well-known story among Paul supporters. Mitt Romney and the current GOP “establishment” have been rigging the election. If Romney's actual voter support had been anywhere near Ron Paul's, mass media would have had a leg to stand on in its early declarations that the race is over and Mitt Romney will be the nominee. But the rigging process is still in high gear.
The story of this year's Republican nomination process is one of corruption. Entry and exit polls differed widely from vote counts reported by local and state GOP officials. Caucus goers and participants in the delegate selection process got a close up view of the rigging process. It didn't matter which way the votes actually went. Mitt Romney was given what he needed.
GOP officials broke rules, substituted delegates, misrepresented vote-counts, and simply declared their choices accepted without recognizing objections according to the rules. Much of it was done right in front of the participants and a good deal of it was video-taped and spread via the Internet. You can watch officials railroad their lists of Romney delegates, steal a ballot box and run out the back door before results are officially tallied, and declare state conventions closed before their business is conducted; among other “shenanigans”. You can even watch an interview with a Ron Paul supporter who needed hospital treatment after being roughed up by Romney thugs as he properly took the floor after “establishment” officials lost their reelection bids.
What happens when a ballot box gets stuffed, you might wonder? And what happens to all those votes cast for candidates that have since dropped out; especially those cast by people who strongly opposed the now “presumptive nominee”?
There is a backup process. The election of delegates is a separate election, not a selection based directly on reported vote counts in what are often called “beauty contests.” Delegates are elected, and quite often not based on a promise to support a particular candidate. Instead, they often run on their own political beliefs and positions, just as the candidates whose fate they will ultimately decide. In properly operated selection processes, this has heavily favored Ron Paul over Mitt Romney.
It actually worked effectively to cancel out some of effect of media bias and misreported vote-counts. It also helped preserve the strong anti-Romney “not-Romney” votes cast for other candidates.
Even though Ron Paul (as well as assorted anti-Romney voters) have already been cheated out of a large number of delegates, the process to replace them with Romney supporters is still going on.
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