Who decides? In an absolute Monarchy, one person, the king, decides. In a true democracy the voters decide, directly. In a Constitutional Republic, such as the United States, the elected representatives of the people decide.
Sometimes these representatives choose to ignore the mob, and vote their conscience instead. Politicians who have that kind of courage are rare, and they often pay a steep price for standing on conviction. When the Radical Republicans tried to impeach Andrew Johnson in 1868, seven Republican Senators refused to vote for conviction. If one of the seven had caved, an important feature of the Constitution — the independence of the Presidency — would have been destroyed. None of the seven was ever elected again. When a group of Southern Democrats defied FDR, who had just won an overwhelming reelection landslide, and refused to vote for his Court packing scheme, they again saved part of the Constitution, the independence of the Judiciary. This defeat was effectively the end of the New Deal, but these Senators stood on principle, and beat their own President.
The delegates to Cleveland will also be elected representatives of the people. The RNC has declared that they do not have independence of judgment. If they acquiesce, they give up their role in our system of government, and are mere instruments of the direct democratic system the RNC has put in place. But the RNC has no authority over them. It cannot force them to abide by its dictates. But if they choose to obey, and rubber stamp Trump, they assure the destruction of the Republican Party, the election of Clinton, and four years of either paralysis or a sharp move to the left. This country can’t afford either. If they make this choice, they will bear the responsibility. They will have abdicated their role in our system of government. Until their last breath, they will bear that burden.
Clinton would nominate at least two Supreme Court Justices, two more Ginsburgs or Sotomayors. We’d have at a liberal majority that could last for decades. Goodbye, Second Amendment. Hello, judicial tyranny. What Clinton can’t pass through Congress she’ll accomplish by executive order, just as Obama has. But the new majority on the Supreme Court will defer, and the Constitution will be a dead letter.
Those are the stakes in Cleveland. It may not be clear to everyone yet. But we’ve got almost three months to make it clear. The nomination of Trump is the death of the Republican Party, and a guarantee of a calamitous Clinton Presidency. The stakes are that high. We’ll see what those delegates in Cleveland are made of.
One thing I’ve read is that if Trump is nominated, it will mean he gets to take over the Republican Party. Not true. The Republican delegates to Cleveland will decide who controls the Party, not Trump. If they have the courage to do it.
They can start by voting in one of their own as Chairman of the Convention. Paul Ryan is not a delegate, he’s not one of them. He’s John “Lucifer” Boehner’s boy, and as such he has no business at the podium. I’d nominate Curly Haugland of North Dakota.
Then they can vote to require that the Presidential nominee must get 60% of the delegates to win the nomination. They are completely free to do it. They could make it 2/3 if they want. They can do any damn thing they please. They’ve got the votes. And if you don’t vote, you don’t count.
Up until, I believe, the 1920’s the Democratic Party required 2/3 to nominate. It’s a perfectly defensible position. A Presidential nominee should have the support of a broad section of the Party, and not be a regional or other divisive figure. It makes perfect sense.
All it takes is courage.