2016: The Year Americans Found Out Their Elections Are Rigged

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Nick Bernabe via TheAntiMedia.org,

“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.”

– Former President Jimmy Carter

The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.

Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic.

The Wyoming democratic caucus took place on Saturday, purportedly to allow voters to have their voices heard in the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders lost the Wyoming caucus by winning it with a 12 percent margin.

Wait, what?

How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? This happens when the political process is, according to the New York Post, “rigged” by superdelegates. The Post summed up this “strange” phenomenon:

“[U]nder the Democratic Party’s oddball delegate system, Sanders’ winning streak — he has won seven out of the past eight contests — counts for little.


“In fact, despite his win, he splits Wyoming’s 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus.


“Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.”

Even media pundits on MSNBC openly called the process rigged:



The superdelegate process is complicated, as we’ve noted before, but they have one essential function: to prevent candidates like Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a video of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explaining superdelegates:

Adding insult to injury, even when Sanders does win states (despite Hillary’s advantage in superdelegates), the media can be reliably counted on to discount Sanders’s wins as nothing more than prolonging the electoral process, which will inevitably elect the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. This pervasive commentary continues despite the fact Sanders only trails her by several hundred pledged delegates.

Meanwhile, according to the same media, the non-establishment Trump campaign is threatened every time Ted Cruz beats him — even though Trump leads by a larger percentage of pledged delegates than Clinton does. When Clinton loses, it doesn’t matter because she already has the nomination locked up. When Trump loses, his campaign is in big trouble. Starting to see the problem with the media coverage?

When you examine these media narratives, a troubling pattern emerges that goes beyond the political establishment’s self-interest. You begin to see that American corporate media also functions as an arm of the political machine, protecting establishment candidates while attacking — or dismissing — candidates who seem non-establishment.

This brings us to the events that transpired during the Republican nomination process in Colorado on Saturday. The Republican Party of Colorado didn’t even bother letting people vote before using arcane rules to strip the democratic process of its democracy. According to the Denver Post:

“Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.


“Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s non-establishment campaign walked away with zero delegates. They were all “awarded” to Ted Cruz.

“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!” Trump said on Twitter. “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”


In an interview on Monday, Trump was even more frank. “The system is rigged, it’s crooked,” he said.

The Colorado GOP didn’t even bother hiding its intentions, tweeting — then quickly removing — what was possibly the most honest insight into the back-door dealing so far this election season:


The Republican party chooses the nominee, not the voting public. Still in disbelief? Watch a Republican National Committee member explain it better than I can:

What we are witnessing — for the first time on a large scale — is the political establishment’s true role in selecting the president of the United States. The illusion of choice has become apparent. The establishment anoints their two picks for president, and the country proceeds to argue vehemently over the two candidates they are spoon-fed. This dynamic is reminiscent of a prophetic 1998 quote from philosopher Noam Chomsky:

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

Ahh, the illusion of choice. Sure, in reality there are third party candidates who should be given a fair shake, but in our mainstream media-augmented reality, third parties do not exist. They aren’t mentioned. They aren’t even included in presidential debates. This is another way the media stifles healthy debate, stamps out dissenting opinions, and preserves the status-quo.

We The People don’t choose our presidents; they are hand-picked by a powerful group of political party insiders — parties that have long since sold out to the highest bidders. What we have on our hands in America is a rigged oligarchy, and that’s not a conspiracy theory — it’s fact. Now, however, millions of Americans are becoming aware of it thanks to the populist campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. America’s elections are controlled by a big club, but unfortunately, “you ain’t in it!”

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junction's picture

Banana republics do not need elections.

Pew Pew Pew's picture

I foresee:

  1. Trump is denied the GOP nomination, runs as an Independent, splits the Republican vote a la Ross Perot
  2. Clinton mops up like Bill did - with less than a majority of the popular vote 
J S Bach's picture

Some have known about the "fix" for the past 100 years.

Populism hasn't existed since the advent of the manipulative mass media.

Miles Ahead's picture

Slow, dimwitted fucks.  I knew back in 1966.  And even then I was late.

Welcome to planet Earth my fellow country men.

Now for your next act...

macholatte's picture

Trump fucked up. It’s that simple.
He should have had a team in Colorado months ago.

Firing his campaign manager because of the phony pushing-the-female-reporter incident was certainly not appropriate. Firing him because Cruz got 100% of Colorado and Trump was blind-sided and embarrassed is justified and what should have happened.... unless Trump himself decided not to pay attention to his advisors. 

Miles Ahead's picture

That does not matter.  People should get to vote.

And also it does not matter because they have something (the GOP) waiting for Trump at every turn. 

Like Karen Carpenter said, they've only just begun (ugh!). 

Sorry, didn't have to go there...

johnvallo's picture


The system is totally rigged. More than 50% of voters are "scared" or "concerned" about a Trump nomination. And not a single state has supported trump as an outright majority. Yet he will likely get the nomination. BS

zeronetwork's picture

95% american are more concerned that American idol is no more from next season.

J S Bach's picture

I would think that someone like William Jennings Bryant was the last true populist candidate with a chance at power.  Since then... one sycophant after another.

johnvallo's picture

Does anyone know wtf happened to libertarian Tyler? I miss that guy.

GoinFawr's picture

It turned out Tyler was really just another run-of-the-mill anarcho syndicalist sheep in wolf's clothing; pfft, you're all commies anyway, you just don't know who Kropotkin is yet.

conscious being's picture

  "...two insurgent grassroots campaigns..."

Give me a break. I stopped reading the stupid article right there. ZeroHedge is dying.

Flakmeister's picture

It died a long time ago...

I pop in every now and then to monitor how the embalming job is holding out...

froze25's picture

Trump will win NY with more than 50% on Nov 19th. He will get all the delegates. 

Crawdaddy's picture

Now I must ponder why I think I disliked you from before...

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Trump runs as indie and takes on Bernie as his VP.


Flakmeister's picture

Bernie would tell HRC to pound sand if she asked him to be VP...

He wouldn't even dignify the Donald with a response...

SuperRay's picture

"That's not conspiracy theory" - hah! The CIA had some very bright people in the 1960's. They invented conspiracy theory to attack people questioning the Warren Report. It worked so well they've been using ever since. Weak minded morons are afraid of challenging the received narrative on anything because they don't want to be called a nut. Look where it's gotten us. The widening gyre will fling us all to hell

logicalman's picture

I started to see what was really going on in 1967 - Six Day War did it for me - I was 12.

I was fortunate to have two parents who were independent thinkers. I'd say may dad would now be considered a libertarian and my mum was certainly an anarchist.

If I asked a reasonable question they would always give me a thoughtful answer.

When I was about 14-15 I remember my dad saying that trans-national corportations would be the end of humanity if they weren't dismantled.

Hard to look around and watch what's going on.


Why we have beer.

Jena's picture

My mom and dad just shook their head and said they were all crooks and when they heard anything about retired politicians they muttered old so-and-so ought to be in prison.

Despite that, they still voted.

They'd be astounded at what's happening these days, given what's changed since their deaths about ten years ago.


TemporarySecurity's picture

Define fix?


I live in Wyoming rock Springs if you want to know the truth, I actually went to Sweetwater Counties caucus, there was no fix.


If you are an idiot from another state County or New York City who the hell are you to comment?


There is something called reality rather than propaganda.

GoinFawr's picture

Pew Pew Pew

c'mon, everyone here knows that was more or less the plan all along.


Can we trade pseudonyms?

Dog Will Hunt's picture

@ Pew Pew Pew


I foresee:

1) you consulting a dictionary to understand the definition of plurality

2) applying said definition to both the 1992 and 1996 elections

3) not giving a shit about what you just learned because you're a hyper-conservative fuckwad

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Did you have a point Dog?  Because whatever it was you did not get it across.

Dog Will Hunt's picture

@ Pew Pew Pew


I foresee:

1) you consulting a dictionary to understand the definition of plurality

2) applying said definition to both the 1992 and 1996 elections

3) not giving a shit about what you just learned because you're a hyper-conservative fuckwad

bobsmith5's picture

It's even worse than you think, not only are the elections rigged, they are being rigged for a "for profit" corporation and not for the original de jure government as originally conceived.  You have been living in a total corporatist state no longer a republican form of government of, by, and for the people.  The U.S. government is nothing more than a corporation and was turned into one in 1871 with the reorganization of the D.C. All corporations are regulated under the U.C.C which is a form of maritime law.  When you understand the legal aspect of this paradigm, everything finally makes total sense.  We are a fascist/corporatist police state and have been for a very, very long time.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) bobsmith5 Apr 13, 2016 4:05 PM

Look,   can we all just start worrying about [ global-warming | the-children | fornicating-harlots | muslims | "those people" ] like we used to do for past elections !  


What's the matter with everybody,  have they FORGOTTEN what the REAL battle is about? 

Miles Ahead's picture

uh, um... I thought it was about abortion?

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Miles Ahead Apr 13, 2016 4:13 PM

That's those evil fornicating-harlots.   God needs the Red Team to keep them in line, and now everybody on here is worried about trival crap like who owns the government.

Delphi_Addiction's picture

Again with the brackets. You really are a stupid fuck. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Bob,

They're all involved in an elaborate scheme based on contrat law & Criminal deceit to Fraud The American People by CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary) & being an accessory to the deceit & Criminal Fraud by contracting with the Criminal State.
We are "Governed" into a Political, Educational, Religious & Economic UNITED STATES, CORP based on contract law which is based on Criminal Fraud, deceit & illusion.

The Private Corp UNITED STATES, CORP uses the cover of being a functional Government when in reality they are not. Much like the Criminal Federal Reserve uses The "Federal" in their name & use it as cover to give the illusion that they are a branch of the US Government when they are not.

Through bankruptcies, Criminal Contract Fraud & deceit the Charlatans have incrementally incorporated the US as well as your souls (birth cert) which are securitized via the Criminal Federal Reserve through to the IMF.

They're functioning off corporate version of the THE CONSTITUTION. It's the reason why The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate continues to lie, cheat, deceit, rape & pillage with impunity.

The only power the have over you is with CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary). Pay no Taxes. Peaceful Non-Participation, Non-Compliance & being an accessory into their Criminal system/s based on Criminal Fraud, Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Look. It's there parchment! There's 2 Constitutions, one from 1776, one from the Act of 1871. One says for the united states. The other says OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.

They removed the organic language from the 13th Amendment of 1776 which Gaurenteed our individual rights and replaced the whole amendment in the forgery look alike.

Please tell me your aware of this? Search Trading with the Enemy Act also. That proves we lost the Constitution a long time ago, we practice commerce, that's it.

koncaswatch's picture

Chup, thanks for your constant posts on the subject. This is the real heart of the situation for US "citizens"/slaves.

The problem is, once you accept this truth, you realize only revolution will cure the sickness.

Can revolutions be executed peacefully?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Yes, they can. It's simple yet complex & must occur in mass Civil Disobedience/ Protests.

Peaceful Non Compliance / Non Partcipation into their Criminal Fraud System of Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Stop paying / CONSENT ing to their Taxes.
Stop going to work
Stop buying their products
Withdrawals from all TBTFBANKSTERS

Hit'm where it hurts, in their pockets.

Educate others. Site the example / comparison I used above of the Criminal Private "Federal" Reserve which is a private Corp. Entity & the Crinimal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. "Frederal Governement" also being an exact same Corp. Enitity.

Don't wait for the educational system or Politcians to tell educate. They won't, because they're the one "in" & in the know perpetrating the Criminal Fraud.

Once The American People are educated about the massive Criminal Fraud being perpetrated upon them, they will have not choice but to Act.

TemporarySecurity's picture

I can't speak for the Democratic side because I didn't go there, however the Republican side of the caucus vote is exactly what I witnessed at the Wyoming caucus.


bobsmith5's picture

I am fully aware and in complete agreement with all that you have commented.  Thank you for your perspective and relevant addition to my comments.  Well said.

wren's picture


After the Revolutionary War, the South (Democratic States) would not have equal apportionment in Congress so they devised the Three-Fifths Compromise. This gave them more congressional votes, based on slaves in the South, so they would have equal representation. So, in essence, the South was able to elect politicians who supported their way of life, with it slavery. And the slaves votes, in the eyes of the South, they were too dumb to cast a vote and the white men were kind enough to represent them.

Now, the Democratic Party is doing the same thing. The difference is, they regard all of their membership as slaves. Too dumb to cast a ballot. The only real difference is that they allow their membership to believe they take part in the nomination process.

So the Democratic PC Party that you liberals believe so highly in only thinks of you as a dumb slaves. Chew on that for a while...

Freddie's picture

I get it but how is the GOP/RNC any better when the people of Colorado are not allowed to even vote thanks to Canadian Cruz-Bush-Romney.

The people in Colorado:

1. Must pay taxes.

2. Do not get to vote.

3. Get their healthcare stolen while Republicans like Cruz and Rubio backed it all the way.

4. Get their jobs stole by illegals - backed by Cruz and Rubio.

5. Have to pay for illegals flooding into America - backed by Cruz and Rubio

The whole things is a criminal farce.

wren's picture

Freddie, to answer your question, it isn't. There is just a historical correlation in how the Democratic Party does business, then and now, which relates to slavery. Regarding the Republican Party, they are even more corrupt keeping their control mechanisms behind closed doors. They do not like to educate their voters, they do not like anyone to participate who is not part of the establishment. At least the Democratic Party is up front about it with Superdelegates, the RNC wants you to believe that you are part of the process.

doctor10's picture

Pulpit Box is a no go-they own the media

Jury Box is a no go-the Supreme Court of the land couldn't manage to find a non-Constitutional word in O'Care or the "patriot" Act

Ballot Box is now a no go? They're planning to tell We the People to FO and nominate a foreign sleezeball and walking Felony Factory as presidential candidates

Gentlmen and Ladies-just where exactly does that leave us all?

Only something called a cartridge box?!!!!

WarPony's picture

So, is it Cleveland, Ohio on July 18-21, 2016 or D.C on January 6, 2017?


... Let's get this party started!

TemporarySecurity's picture

Okay you fuck tards. I actually went to Wyoming Caucus my information only applies to my County Sweetwater. Everything was fair in our County I would say about 95% of the people were for Ted Cruz. Morons who are calling these elections rigged should get off their ass and actually go to the caucuses.


I did not go to the Democratic caucus so yes with their idiotic super delegates it's rigged. Any moron will be able to figure out it will backfire on them.


Stop with the idiocy.


wren's picture

Good for you in Sweetwater. Sorry your county listens to Mark Levin. So one county, according to your, played by the rules. But if their was no rule saying that kids couldn't beat on each other that doesn't make it OK to do so. And rules that don't allow for an open vote and the will of the people is a bad system.

TemporarySecurity's picture

What are you babbling about? We don't actually have AM radio with talk news on it. There is not a single a.m. or FM radio channel with anybody on it, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck Sean Hannity or Mark Levin, Fort Collins or Denver is the closest areas with talk radio on them about 4.5 Hours Drive from where i am located. .

The nearest radio station is pushing 500 miles away with talk radio on it.

You have obviously never been to the southern part of Wyoming. There really isn't anything along the I 80 corridor.

I only live in one county, so I can't say every county in Wyoming was the same. Can you personally provide a single person who says anything I am saying is incorrect in another county?  Can you find a single person actually from Wyoming who tells a different story?

Wyoming is far from any other state I have ever been to, the vast majority of people are not liberal, there are no big cities. Official population for the entire state is around 530,000 people much less than the vast majority of the real cities and the rest of the states.


Guns per capita are like second in the nation. We have full concealed carry with no permit within the entire state. Try that one of the Eastern states. No income tax. Maximum sales tax is limited to 6%.


I would be willing to bet that every county in Wyoming experience my exact same observation that Donald Trump was not the choice. That actual results speak that by the way.

Freddie's picture

Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, WA state, OR, CA, CO, NE and a lot of others in the Midwest has Romney's Mormon vote theives. FBI and See Eye Aye is loaded with Mormons.  NSA put there data collection center in Utah.

Mormons are nice people but they have serious ethical problems.  Probably due to the fact their religion is fairly similiar to Scientology.

Shitbag Romney is best buddies with the Bushes and is at the top in the Mormon church.  Romney and the Bushes are very close to the Hinckleys.  Mitt gave his "I hate Trump" speech at Hinckley Institute at U of Utah.  Member that Hinckley name?  Had their own kid try to kill Reagan for the Bush klan.

Oh and did we say See Eye Aye?   Hinckleys have something call World Vision connected to USAID - both See Eye Aye fronts and guess who is also connected to World Vision and AID? 

Soros and the Clinton Foundation.


Hillary Clinton after donating $2,000,000,000 to World Vision.
This money should be used for the support of poor little children.
In fact it is used for various US covert operations.
World Vision is funded by USAID which is a front for the CIA more.. It is fairly weird stuff and hard to fathom but does explain their behavior.
There is clearly some sort of training program because these weird people all behave in the same way.

Flakmeister's picture

Political parties have always been "private clubs" free to set their rules...

Pumpkin's picture

This may be true, but without the people voting in the general election, they are nothing but a country club without a golf course.  The republican establishment is cooking their own goose right now.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Pumpkin Apr 13, 2016 4:01 PM

Naaa,   they've always got the "fornicating harlot" issue to wip-up the "conservative" dumbasses.   That will never go away.

Flakmeister's picture

That is so '80's, now they have to rely on the  "bathroom" issue...