It seems that since the primary vote in Indiana and the subsequent announcements of suspension of the campaigns by Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich, most people are bemoaning the certain nomination of “The Donald” Trump.
At the same time almost everyone in the national, and some local, media are proclaiming that Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will most certainly be the next president of the United States.
Well, not so fast. They seem to want to see that the voters in the next few primary elections stay home or change to vote for Trump. A number of my friends and acquaintances have approached me with concerns about the future of our once great republic which now seems to be headed for demise, at least as the “representative republic” that it was established to be with the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, which was ratified by the required number of States in 1787 on September 17. I share this concern, but am not yet ready to throw in the towel and surrender to those who would change us to a socialist form of government.
As the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, D-New York, kept proclaiming as he was being led away in handcuffs to prison for criminal monetary misconduct several decades ago: “Keep the faith, baby.” That remains to be good advice indeed. While those who would never vote for anyone who is a candidate in the Republican column loudly proclaim that Mr. Trump cannot win a general election against Secretary Clinton, we should remember the numerous times that the polls have proven to be completely wrong. While in my mind it is only God who knows in advance just how this, or any, election will turn out, we who are living the story should not give up and cease our efforts until the very last vote is cast and counted.
We who believe in honest and accurate elections must keep our eyes and ears open and be ready to report, to the responsible election board and/or appropriate prosecutors, anything that seems to be even the least bit out of order, including the, hoped for rare, instances of the election officials miscounting or allowing improper individuals to cast ballots. Sadly, it has been my experience to witness such misdirection and thwarting of the law, and more than once. Admittedly there may be occasions where the actions only seem to be irregular, but it is better to report and let the officials do their sworn duty to investigate than to let even one instance get by.
Back to the current primary process. Mr. Trump will not become the official nominee of the Republican Party until and unless he sees the required 1,237 delegate votes for his name in the National Convention later this year. It is possible that he may very well attain that goal on the first ballot. If so, well and good. If not, it is possible that he would not be the official nominee. That will depend on the make up of those in the various delegations from the states.
Quite frankly, to my knowledge there are delegates who will be required, by primary vote results, to vote for him on the first ballot, but who actually are supportive and voted for Senators Cruz or Rubio, or Dr. Ben Carson, or one of the other candidates.
Those who are proclaiming that the race is over either do not understand the workings of the system according to the rules and tradition or are deliberately trying to determine the outcome by misleading those who are not properly informed or do not understand the historical selection process.
We must remember that there is a certain segment of our population who, if they can, will seek to change the make-up of our governments at all levels, to our detriment and loss of the presently constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights.