Eye Crosser #16: Is this a Bluff? Brokered or Contested Presidential Conventions

Brokered? Contested? I thought that this was an election process! By the people, for the people…and all that “rot.” Well, indeed we have experienced both “types” of political conventions in the past. Below are a couple of links for each “flavor” of convention. One could say that this is “pure” democracy in action but… the United States is a democratic republic. What does that mean? As usual I peruse a dictionary or two, in this case Merriam-Webster and dictionary.com:

What is a democracy?

Simple Definition of democracy: a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting; a country ruled by democracy;  an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights

Definition quoted from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democracy

What is a republic?

Simple Definition of republic: a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen

Definition quoted from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/republic

What is a democratic republic?

democratic republic (noun): a form of government embodying democratic principles and where a monarch is not the head of state
Definition quoted from:
democratic republic. (n.d.). Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon. Retrieved April 06, 2016 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/democratic-republic

Contested Convention links:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/03/10/how-contested-convention-would-work/81581600/

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20160406_ap_c03b3970a2804aa2882c19bdaa3c2005.html

Brokered Convention links:
The GOP could have a brokered convention this year, but what does that mean?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/factbox-brokered-republican-convention-143713961.html

Our pledge of allegiance reads:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. ”

As I have mentioned before, if you don’t think these events affect our economy, well…tell me where you buy your “rose-colored” glasses.

May the best man or woman win! May they also be “best” for our nation.

 

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