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Letter: Both parties working to maintain status quo

Both parties working to maintain status quo

Nearly all systems can be hacked. This not only applies to computer systems, but to systems of finance, religion and government. Hackers are born through opportunity, and after a while they tend to coalesce into what is known as an establishment. Change is anathema to establishments. Vive le status quo!

It seems the Republican Party’s system of governing is in flux. It has gone from a party, to a club and now to a cult. It has been hacked by special interests that have deemed free thinking to be a treasonous act. Republicans must sign an oath of loyalty to support their established nominee without question, regardless of personal beliefs. That feels more autocratic than democratic to me.

The Democrat’s system of government is sneakier. Just last week the establishment Democrats attacked with full force. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada called all his casino connections and urged them to send all their employees out to the caucus to vote for Hillary Clinton. It worked.

The party’s ace in the hole is something called superdelegates. They are past and present elected officials who have been given a vote in the Democratic nomination process. The Democrats have 712 superdelegates; that is 30 percent of the 2,382 delegates needed for one to be nominated. It should be evident that most of these superdelegates are firm in the establishment. As of the writing of this letter, Clinton has the support of 431, while Bernie Sanders has 16 with 264 uncommitted.

Hacking our democracy is nothing new. In 1812 gerrymandering, the conscious effort of drawing voting districts to benefit a particular establishment party, was created by a Republican legislature. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to two terms, was ratified by an establishment Republican Congress without addressing term limits for themselves. Today, the Democratic establishment is scurrying to ensure its good ole’ boys (and girls) stay in control.

Robert J. Wegrzynowski