Groupthink Disorder…and why we are a Republic and not a Democracy! PS: Ron Paul is WINNING.Submitted by sharkhearted on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 22:50
The delegate process to a nomination for a party’s presidential candidate is complicated and many-faceted. Not to mention one has to deal with at least 50 different constructs and sets of rules and bylaws!
Having said that, there is a scientific reason that we don’t just go with the “tyranny of the majority” of a democracy…and rather use the method of a constitutional republic, instead.
In theory, a pure democracy protects the rights of the majority. This is often known as the "tyranny of the majority". That is all well and good, as long as you are in the majority. But woe betide those in the minority!
But…from a governmental model for “free” societies (as opposed to totalitarian societies)…"tyranny of the majority"…is as close to “groupthink disorder” as one can get.
In contrast, and in theory, a republic protects the rights of the minority…and more importantly…the individual.
The Founders insisted upon this for that very reason.
And so, the delegate selection process of a party’s nomination (as is currently going on in the Republican primary)…is (roughly)…to the actual primary “beauty contest” elections…as to what the Electoral College is…to the national election in November.
The delegate process, for the primary / convention nomination, just like the elector process in the final election, was meant to be a quality-control measure where, in a Darwinian sense, only the fittest survive.
So...in a REPUBLIC...if the groupthink masses would vote for some or the other candidate on the popular vote…their votes, if in conflict, would be overridden by (the more informed judgment of) the delegate and elector processes.
That is the beauty it.
Even when the popular vote is reflective of a bunch of uninformeds who have no sense in how to vote...the delegates and then the electors…decide the election in the end.
That is why Dr. Paul has focused on caucus states and the delegate process, and why...it is working.
Enter Rule 38 of the RNC which states “no delegate shall be bound by any attempt of a state or district to impose the “unit rule” (read: “groupthink rule”).
And then the RNC legal counsel confirmed this in the 2008 race that, essentially, delegates on the national level are considered to be “free agents.”
This is the rule that has the Mitt Romney regime...in a panic. And rightfully so...
In other words (and this is the beauty of our system) that the delegates are free from groupthink pressure...free from being FORCED to vote or support for someone they don’t want to. Even if they are forced to do it at the state level...they then become unbound at the national level.
The delegates have EARNED their right at this point, as they have survived not only a mass county/city meeting, but have been elected at their congressional district, then the state, and then the national convention.
Wow. The founders of this country…were brrrrilliant.