Don't dump on Iowa and Nevada! OR Caucuses! *Update*Submitted by spacehabitats on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 09:58
I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the caucus vote counts in Iowa Nevada. I know that Ron Paul supporters are disappointed with Ron Paul's finish in both states.
And I admit that there is potential for vote fraud in any caucus process. I even posted about what happened in my caucus.
But there is a world of difference between the kind of retail vote fraud involving a few votes here and there that is inherent in any caucus process (run by and for amateurs) and the potential for wholesale vote fraud possible in a primary process.
Can a few votes swing an election? Sure. But a caucus is NOT an election.
For all practical purposes, the Iowa Caucus Straw Poll was a virtual 3-way tie for first, and should have been reported as such.
The MSM treated the results of the Iowa caucus like an election with a razor thin margin of victory. But that was the media's fault, not the caucus system.
They wanted to keep the focus on Romney and Santorum at the expense of the other "winner", Ron Paul. And thanks to all of the controversy over the missing precinct and miscounts they succeeded admirably.
But don't throw the baby out with the bath water!
1) The political establishment does not like the caucus system. Rigging a caucus result is messy. There are too many people involved at too many levels with too many trails of evidence to make wholesale vote fraud risk free.
The same reasons that make figuring out the REAL vote count tedious and time consuming, makes a clean coverup almost impossible to pull off.
The insiders would love to be able to flip a switch and make thousands of votes change without leaving any kind of a paper trail.
2) Caucuses favor informed and enthusiastic voters over the casual, last minute decider, "I liked his haircut" kind of voter. In other words, caucuses favor true patriots.
3) More specifically, the insiders would like to take away the early voting status for Iowa and Nevada. Why? Because these two states have shown that they have a strong (and growing) core of activist, liberty-minded voters. The insiders see the handwriting on the wall. By 2016 the Republican Central Committees could be dominated by Ron Paul Republicans and then THEIR control of the process would be O-V-E-R.
Ron Paul supporters, don't join the MSM chorus calling for an end to the early voting status for these caucus states.
The insiders would LOVE to promote early primaries in more populous states like Florida and South Carolina. Are you beginning to see why? Ultimately, if they could get away with it, they would like to reduce the nomination process to a one day national primary. The only candidates who would stand a prayer under such a system would be those selected by the political insiders and promoted by the MSM.
Eliminating the caucuses will only hasten that day.
Don't play into the hands of our worst enemies.