Democratic Party Superdelegates Protect the Establishment From Uncorrupted Outsiders

Text and artwork by Anthony Freda.

The 717 Democratic Party insiders, a.k.a. Superdelegates are not bound to the will of the voters.

Ten percent of these Superdelegates are current or former lobbyists.

41 of these lobbyists have already committed to party favorite, Clinton.

Their votes could be the deciding factor in a close election.

The procedure was adopted to protect the party establishment from “grassroots activists”. (a.k.a. uncorrupted outsiders)

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasermann Schultz said this about superdelegates (also called unpledged delegates):

“…unpledged delegates exist to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists…”


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  • diogenes

    The purpose of the Two Party System in its entirety is to prevent “uncorrupted outsiders” from gaining access to legislative action. That’s why progressives need to start working to elect uncorrupted, nonpartisan congressmen to forward our specific legislative initiatives precinct by precinct and district by district and not waste energy on the presidential circus. That can be done WITHOUT PARTIES and WITHOUT CORRUPTION. That’s the way the House of Representatives was designed, and why.

    • Brockland A.T.

      True enough. However, the right to freedom of association and abuse of majority rule electioneering will always favour organizing, that which James Madison called ‘factionalization’ (Federalist No.10, Nov. 22, 1787).

      ‘Factionalizing’ has the sense of a larger body grown smaller, and of course, Madison was right in that sense as well. Although factions grew into two political parties dominating the majority rule, winner take all electoral process, it systematically excluded representation from the loser of an election and all those refusing to vote for either party. Assuming only 60% of Americans vote, and 40% won’t, and a closely contested election, 31% of American voters can easily decide the government 69% of Americans have to live with, and under.

      One interim solution is to play up write-in voting, but the system has ways of foiling that too. The primacy of the two political parties is in large part based skewing the voter registration and balloting process in favour of their candidates.

      The end result of winner-take-all is a partisan horse race between just two vetted horses. The remaining contenders have an incentive to discourage any voting not in their favor – that is, to discourage democracy and popular participation not in their service.

      The only lasting solution is proportional representation, trying to ensure no voter is left behind. (The common minimum threshold of popular support is 5%. Israel uses a threshold of 3%, but the Knisset is sometimes more a circus of like minds than democracy).

      • diogenes

        Washington’s Farewell Address warns us that “factionalizing” kills democracy because it replaces care for the public interest (res publica — as in “Republic”) and the general welfare with private interests. America needs a politics that makes this absolutely plain to the division mongers who enable the oligarchy which has usurped our government — as a first step to restoring our democracy. Everything else just plays along with evil. When you choose between the lesser of two evils, you still choose evil. Time to stop that and change it.

        • Brockland A.T.

          Only proportional representational democracy overcomes the tendency for partisan interests to obscure the national interest.

          While there obviously still are divisions based on private interests all claiming to be acting in the public interest, the parties and independents represent all of society wanting a say. Assuming a 5% minimum threshold of support, every acceptable voice has a go at representation in a government that thus represents all its people. The general welfare is difficult to exclude when everyone is there.

          Furthermore, when its easier to ditch corrupted parties, it becomes more in the interests of a party to accurately represent its membership. The participatory level of governance is then better served by the potential for real democracy. In the U.S., the potential for proportional democracy is huge; the Bankster class can’t bribe and threaten everyone.

          Not surprisingly the ‘Five Eyes’ Anglo governments, with the exception of New Zealand, are all majority-rule limited democracies that amount to elected dictatorships. Governance by the most successful faction, captured and catering to the bankster class is so much easier in a winner-take-all electoral system.

  • GeoengineeringChemwatch

    What a bunch of b.s. this is!!! THEY ARE THE CORRUPT INSIDERS!!!