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Well, Royce West and Boyd Richie seem to have launched the Texas Democratic Party Railroad for continuing disenfranchisement of Texas Democrats.

With less than one week's notice, TDPRR has announced its first "public" hearing will convene at  Austin Community College Health Science Building, Building 9000 in the Multi Purpose Hall room 8500 in Austin, Texas.  There will be no public testimony, just the facts from the experts and party officials.  Yup.

How much more "public" can you get?

It is Dallas State Sen. Royce West's job to pour oil over troubled waters to keep the party faithful happy and preserve the badly flawed and (in my lay mind) unconstitutional presidential primary selection system.  

This is not a Clinton-Obama thing.  My disgust for the system is born of seeing the party completely and totally clueless and ineffective on election night, despite every indication there was going to be a record turnout.  Many people had to leave.  Fewer more could even come to the conventions.  

They are defended with palaver that it is "grassroots democracy".  Hogwash!  The stuff that was in the grassroots was not democracy.  How many senior citizens could not attend or, worse yet, after making the effort had to leave as the chaos went late into the night?  How many of the poor could not make it?  How many of those who had to work could not make it?

Yes, if you are a white-collar, Highland Park liberal it was just too, too precious of a time, what with all those "little people" gathering there.

If you think I am wrong that the TDPRR is just to tweak the system to keep it serving so well, go to http://www.txdemocrats.org/... and take the survey yourself.  See how much of it has to do with fairness and how much of it has to do with making it easier on our "leaders" and not discomforting the delegates.

The system is seriously flawed.  Most voters in the Democratic Party are only given two-thirds of a vote in a primary.  Those who do not know about the "secret handshake" of Texas presidential politics that is the precinct convention are left out.  Those who cannot attend the conventions that begin the apportionment of one third of the state's delegates are not heard.  Plus, those who are elected are not legally bound to cast their vote for the candidate they are chosen to represent. That is rank discrimination.

However the party loyalists who like this system that has a "safety valve" to guard against the masses making a decision appear determined to only make minor, cosmetic changes and still leave a large group of people disenfranchised.  However from the looks of the poll, it does appear The Party and the TDPRR will try to make things more comfortable for the party loyalists who show up at the conventions.

If you want conventions, fine, have your conventions.  Vote on resolutions.  Decide who will be delegates based on the votes cast at the polls.  Have hugs.  Have doughnuts.  

Just let the rest have a full and fair vote.  You want a block party, have a block party.  You want an election, give a full and fair franchise to each and every voter.

Who would have thought the Republican Party in Texas would be the leader when it comes to one-person, one-vote.

I suspect that once the smoke dies down (as is planned) the discrimination and the disenfranchisement will continue.

Originally posted to derDunkelRover on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 02:34 PM PDT.

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  •  I appreciate (1+ / 0-)
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    phaktor

    Royce West. I believe he has really made himself available to the community here in Dallas. Now, this is the first I've heard about this meeting or "public" hearing. I think that with the giant turnout that I also participated in on March 4th and March 29th, we did the best we could with most of the public being unaware of the system as a whole. Royce West stayed all night at the SD 23 convention if I am correct. Royce West even showed up to a small job fair we did for Dallas area (Oak Cliff and southern suburbs) teens and spoke to the teens and encouraged them about their future on a random Saturday morniing a few weeks ago. Given the enormous task that this primary presented, it's a great opportunity to educate Texans and do so to make sure that they stay aware and active in the process.

    But hey, any chance to read a snarky comment about Highland Park is okay in my book =) My dad grew up near SMU, but my mom grew up in Oak Cliff, so I've heard it all my life.

    Thanks for posting!!!

    In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell

    by ElizabethAM on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 02:43:33 PM PDT

  •  This is one place (1+ / 0-)
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    nanobubble

    the Netroots could make a difference, because it could prepare people for primaries. Delegates could be panned out in advance, and the whole process could be a lot more organized simply by having someone show up that knows what to do, and have them backup by others who are organized on the net, who simply show up and vote as planned. I agree the whole thing is corrupt and is designed to nullify the people's vote, but the game can be played given the resources we have now, until there is a chance to change it.

    The problem is still apathy about local politics, and a tendency to buy into conservative candidates because they always tout some issue that makes it look like they are the best practical economic choice for the community. The conservative movement was built on local politics, particularly school board elections. Texas Netroots shoul dstart organizing for the midterms right now.

    If McCain makes the next Supreme Court appointment, we will think the Bush days were the good old days!

    by phaktor on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 03:12:40 PM PDT

  •  I don't know who Royce West is (0+ / 0-)

    but it doesn't matter.  I feel the primary/caucus gives a better oppotunity for average voters to be active in the party, not just politicians.  It also helps in party building which is badly needed in this state.  Furthermore it helps offset meddling in the primaries by republicans to in effect create havoc which did happen this time around.  IMO, the people who were doing most of the complaining about the caucus system were some losers and republicans looking for any excuse to whine about democrats.   Maybe the caucuses need some streamlining and improvements so more people can participate.  But unconstitutional?  Not hardly.  The only requirements are that one voted in the Democratic Primary and as many people as desire to can attend.  By that kind of logic, the only delegate selection method used in many other caucuses, including the Iowa Caucuses,  could be declared unconstitutional because they do not always directly elect the delegates to the national convention.
    Nice diary but in this case, I couldn't disagree more.

    •  The point is the (1+ / 0-)
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      nanobubble

      complexity, and the relatively few resources for understanding the process. If they wanted us to kno wwhat was going on, they would tell us, but they don't.

      Until the Republicans became a serious national security threat, there was not enough interest in politics in Texas to justify the complexity. I have been to many Texas Democratic precinct conventions where there were less than ten people. It is fine if you see it as an advantage, but in Texas our primary problem is more getting people to vote in the first place, and getting them to set aside all the extra time is impossible. That means the process is usually driven by a very few people, who in the end get extraordinary voting power. Granted, when people got scared, they did show up, but even that will fall off. If you support the process, then you should also support strong Netroots organizing to be sure that progressive Texans who are really interested in taking back the state have sufficient relevant, local information to 1) know what to do, 2) how to do it, and 3) have the time.

      If McCain makes the next Supreme Court appointment, we will think the Bush days were the good old days!

      by phaktor on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 05:54:54 PM PDT

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