America is a unique place. It revolutionized politics in the world as our Founders created a system by which one leader can peacefully hand-off leadership to another. Previously throughout the world, power was grabbed or inherited. Our system of government became a model for the world and while it is easy to take it for granted, it is truly remarkable.
American politics now, however, is dominated by thugs. We still retain our system of elections, but viewing the political landscape in this election is a sobering reminder that we are backsliding on our commitment to democratic principles.
Recently, former Donald Trump campaign official and current Trump defender remarked that at the RNC convention, delegates who switch from Donald Trump to another candidate after the first round will be endangered by Trump supporters.
Trump needs 1237 delegates to win the nomination outright. If he does not obtain the 1237 delegates, the convention moves to a second round of voting and most Republican delegates are released from their previous obligations and can switch to another candidate. With Trump’s momentum slowing, Ted Cruz has been crafting a coalition of delegates who have pledged to vote for him in such an event- a deal that has enraged Trump and his dogmatic supporters.
Stone recently claimed that he and his minions intend to distribute the hotel room numbers of delegates who break-rank with the Trump camp at the RNC convention in Cleveland.
Apparently, the Trump surrogate views violence and intimidation as justifiable means of achieving political ends.
On Wednesday, Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich appeared on Fox News to blast Stone for his outrageous threat.
“This is par for the course for the Trump campaign,” Pavlich said after noting that Stone and Trump have claimed that a second round vote would be paramount to “stealing” the election. She explained that Trump needs 1237 delegates to cinch it and without it, a second round vote is fair game.
“You saw Donald Trump saying there might be riots if he doesn’t become the nominee. You have many of his surrogates essentially justifying violence because people are upset with the way that the country is going,” she said.
“And for Roger Stone to now say that he’s going to give out the hotel rooms of delegates – it’s a mob.”
Pavlich then turned her attention to the message that Trump and his surrogates should be advancing: that he’s the right choice.
Pavlich noted that the Trump campaign “should be focusing their energy on trying to convince delegates not to leave Donald Trump, through policy positions.”
“But instead, they’re sticking a mob onto people. It’s not the way that we work in American society.”
Our system is far from perfect and God knows that the two-party system is woefully inadequate in representing the best interests of all Americans.
However, our nation boasts a proud history of rejecting these kinds of bullying tactics and intimidation methods. We should not elect a nominee out of fear of reprisal; we must elect a nominee because they are the best man or woman for the job.
In truth, as disgusting as Stone’s comments are, they’re just a more-candid position than those routinely employed by the left. Obama has routinely used the weight of the federal government to suppress dissent. The DOJ and the IRS have waged years-long battles against Americans who do not support his agenda.
However, while Obama has shamefully abused his position to beat Americans into submission, I can scarcely remember the last time he threatened to unleash a literal mob upon people to compel them to support him.
Whether one is a Trump supporter or not, all Republicans- and, indeed, all Americans- should reject this brand of political intimidation.