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03 March 2016

OUR OPINION: The Republican Party is Trying to Change the Legitimate Result of their Own Primaries

I do my best thinking in the morning, and this morning, my mind turned to something I remember former President George W. Bush saying in his 2005 inaugural address.

"It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," President Bush said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.

Not too long ago, both the elite and the common among the Grand Old Party cheered loudly as one when Bush uttered those words. Now, we see a disconnect in the Republican Party, where the elite seeks to impose its will upon the common primary voter.

Allow me to ask a rhetorical question.

For all the Republicans who supported toppling Saddam Hussein and bringing democratic institutions to Iraq, what does it say about you and your character when you are actively seeking ways to subvert the will of your own people who are participating in the democratic process?

Some of you may say, "Well, Donald Trump is unfit to be president. I want a president that my kids can admire and respect."

Fair enough.

But when we're raising our kids, don't we teach them about fair play and following the rules? Again, I ask rhetorically, how do you expect our kids to grow up to be better adults when the grown-ups are running around trying to cheat and change the rules to deny Donald Trump a nomination that apparently the people want him to have.

In 2000, the Republicans derided Vice President Al Gore for trying undermine the Florida election results.

"I believe Secretary Cheney and I won the vote in Florida. And I believe some are determined to keep counting in an effort to change the legitimate result," George W. Bush said.

Interestingly enough, we now have Republicans trying to change the legitimate result of their own primary and caucus elections