JIM CREES: Basically ... the primaries are a scam

I’ve had a lot to say about Republican politics — especially during this campaign cycle.

Frankly, I find what’s happening in the GOP right now much more concerning than some readers’ ridiculous claims of Sharia law in Hamtramck, or supposed imminent attack by ISIS from the Mexican border.

A girl wearing the hijab in some restaurant is much, Much, MUCH less disturbing to me than the idea of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as president.

BUT!!!!!!!! Shock of all shock, and horror of all horrors, the Democratic Party also has me fired up by its political shenanigans.

( Editor’s note: Please let me point out I am neither advocating for candidate Bernie Sanders, nor am I supporting Hillary Clinton.)

In one of the most magical, mystical maneuvers I’ve seen in a long time, the trouncing Hillary Clinton took last week at the hands of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire has become a virtual win for Clinton.

Clinton LOST in New Hampshire by 20 points — a landslide for Sanders by just about any accounting. Still, she ends up flush with victory.

How so, you ask?

For those of you who remember, Clinton barely squeaked by in a win against Sanders in Iowa. The two ended the Democratic caucusing in a virtual dead tie (a point or two between them.) But through the magic of a highly technical method of decision making (a bunch of coin tosses!!!!) Clinton left the state with more delegates than did Sanders.

Yes. Coin tosses.

Then, along comes New Hampshire and Sander crushes Clinton in popular voting. But they wrap up the evening with an equal number of delegates!!??!!

Seriously, the poor guy can’t catch a break!

Here’s the math. After polling in NH, Sanders got 15 delegates to the national convention while Clinton garnered nine delegates.

Fair enough ... except there are six “Super Delegates” who align themselves however the heck they like and without any consideration for the state’s popular voting. These “Super Delegates” are generally functionaries of the state party - in this case, the New Hampshire Democratic Party which, no matter how the primary voting went, supported Clinton.

So, the six “Super Delegates” lined up on the Clinton side without any need to answer to the voters and the Clinton campaign heads south after “tying” in New Hampshire.

Only in politics can an election thumping by 20-points magically become a tie.

The Clinton campaign knows how math is done in politics, and are actually running an individual effort to nab just the Super Delegates.

Despite an almost tie in Iowa, and after getting pummeled in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is WAY ahead in the number of Super Delegates.

And, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, don’t think similar juggling won’t be taking place on the Republican side of the aisle.

The fiddling and faddling of the Democrats in “adjusting” primary results is simply another proof of how individual votes no longer matter in this country.

Basically, elections are rigged games anymore, which I believe is one reason why you notice such a lack of integrity in the field of candidates. Good people simply can’t compete with the scoundrels and are winnowed out quickly.

Votes DO matter in local elections — school boards and city councils. Unfortunately, however, both parties go out of their way to regularly prove your vote simply does not matter in a national election.

According to a recent study carried out by Columbia University, with the odds being what they are, a single person’s vote could possibly decide an individual election once in 240 million years. That’s sad, but with parties and politicians making those odds even worse, the question becomes “Why bother?”

The truth is folks in New Hampshire could have entered their polling places and torn the ballot to shreds. They could’ve scribbled a shopping list on the ballot, tucked it into their pockets and walked out. The result would be exactly the same!

Sadly, casting your ballot in this country during a national election has no effect on making sure your voice gets heard.

Now, I expect angry responses with stuff like, “If you don’t vote, don’t whine about the results.”

That, gentle reader, is just silliness. Let’s pretend for example, the final election race is between Clinton and Trump. (Sigh.)

As it stands right now, people are gonna line up and vote for a person who is categorically lacking in either/or integrity, honesty, smarts, or ability - someone I and most other people probably never voted for in some primary in the first place.

IF I actually voted for one of them, I would (at the least) be morally culpable for putting them in office. I don’t want to be responsible for this, but I reserve the right to complain about the mess all you other voters are liable to create for me!

Look, early voting in Iowa and New Hampshire has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the presidential selection process in these United States does not reflect the will of the people and is in practical terms a waste of time.

We like to believe this is some grand democratic process, but time and time again it has been proven not to be so.

Fact is, if you take the emotion out of voting on a national level, the act of casting your ballot pretty much becomes a lesson in futility.