Let The People Vote

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Yesterday, the race on the Democratic presidential side got interesting after being a bit of a bore-snore affair in comparison to the Republican field.

The Democratic National Committee took the rare if not unprecedented step of sanctioning Bernie Sanders and his campaign for illegal access of Hillary Clinton’s voting database by suspending their use of the DNC database. Sanders and his campaign turned around and sued the DNC later on in the day, claiming the measure was an effort to sandbag his campaign and to tilt the playing field towards Mrs. Clinton and her campaign.

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time the DNC tried to tilt things towards a Clinton running for president. This neutral observer remembers seeing the late Ron Brown going on CNN in the spring of 1992 when he was the grand poobah of the DNC, saying he wanted to see Bill Clinton be their presidential nominee even though Clinton had yet to cinch up the nomination. It just so happened that Mr. Brown wound up with a position in the Clinton cabinet as the Commerce Secretary up until his death in 1996.

With two weeks left until the Presidential year of 2016 begins, I just wish the political parties would stop tampering with the race. I’d feel the same way even if the cantankerous Donald Trump had the most delegates going into the GOP’s convention, but lost it in a brokered convention with some back-room deal being cut.

Let the people vote. Let their voices be heard. To do otherwise usurps the political process. Keep it fair, keep it simple.

(EDIT, 12/19/2015, 12:26am: Just after I posted this originally, late word is that the DNC has rescinded the punishment leveled at Bernie Sanders and his campaign on the 18th. His campaign’s access to voter data will be restored in the morning, or so they say.)

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