"It's A Rotten System" Ron Paul Says: US Elections Are Rigged, Voting Simply Used To Pacify The Public

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Submitted by MintPress via TheAntiMedia.org,

Dr. Ron Paul says the American electoral system is rigged to keep “independent thinkers” from succeeding.

“I see elections as so much of a charade,” the former Texas congressman said during an April 11 appearance on RT America’s “The Fishtank.” “So much deceit goes on.”

Paul is no stranger to the twisted rules of the American presidential horse race. He ran for the highest office as a Libertarian in 1988, and in 2008 and 2012 as a Republican.

He arguably came closest to the nomination in 2012, when the GOP amended its party regulations to prevent the former Texas representative from stealing Mitt Romney’s thunder.

Rule 40(b) of “The Rules of the Republican Party” was changed so the Republican National Committee could “limit the visibility and power of libertarian-minded Texas Rep. Ron Paul at the convention and thus present a unified front behind Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee,” according to David Byler, an elections analyst at RealClearPolitics. The rule requires that, in order to win the nomination, a candidate must have the support of a majority of delegates from eight states.

Although recent wins have tipped Sen. Ted Cruz past the cut off, the rule as written came close to helping Trump take the nomination. Paul warned that the GOP’s machinations to block Donald Trump are a sign of a corrupt, undemocratic system.

“I’ve worked on the assumption … for many, many decades, that whether there’s a Republican or a Democrat president, the people who want to keep the status quo seems to have their finger in the pot and can control things,” he said in the interview.

“They just get so nervous, though, if they have an independent thinker out there — whether it’s Sanders, or Trump or Ron Paul, they’re going to be very desperate to try to change things.”

Paul had nothing but scorn for Trump’s policies: “He’s offering us nothing new, and he’s going backward in many ways.”

He suggested that the 2016 election is “a lot more entertainment than anything else” because none of the candidates “have answers” to modern political problems.

Even so, Paul interprets the success of these outsider candidates as a sign that “more people are discovering that the system is all rigged and voting is just pacification for the voters and it really doesn’t count.”

“I don’t think there’s an easy way out for the establishment or the parties,” he noted, explaining that Democrats and Republicans would both rather risk “further alienation of the people” than allow a candidate to succeed who could shake up the system.

Paul recalled his own 2012 encounter with Rule 40(b) as an important political lesson for both himself and the American people.

“I was upset about it but didn’t want to waste too much energy being angry because this is the way the system works,” he said. “It’s a rotten system.”

Watch the entire interview below:

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GRDguy's picture

It takes two things to knock over a mighty oak; a strong wind and rot within.

Four chan's picture

he found out first hand just like the donald.

zeropain's picture

what I would give if Ron Paul won as a write in president.  but more mc donalds and walmarts needs to close to get the diabetis drug sucking masses to revolt.

tmosley's picture

Has nothing to do with that, and everything to do with domination of communications. The internet has broken their media monopoly, so people are waking up. If they see Donald denied the nomination, that will be very jarring, and will almost certainly stir the people to action.

The system will be torn down, and right soon. Only then can we create a new system. Hopefully the people will be educated enough at that point to keep the government small, or get rid of it altogether.

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try_it (not verified) tmosley Apr 16, 2016 10:50 AM

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0b1knob's picture

If its all rigged then why have such party favorites as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio dropped out?   Why is establishment choice Hillary Clinton struggling so hard to defeat a getiatric communist like Sanders?  

Omen IV's picture

the struggle is out in the open but behind the scenes they manipulate constantly by variety of means - whether on the DNC side - Iowa - six coin tosses in a "row" for Clinton or super delegates as back stop

RNC - working Colorado  which would have been different of Bush was still in the running / Lousiana delegates changed after Trump earned them the hard way


the rigging is a lawyers game with rules that can be utilized or not depending on the circumstances

buyingsterling's picture

But PAUL won't endorse TRUMP. Trump isn't 'ideologically pure enough.'

FU, Ron - you're now part of the problem.

surf2liv's picture

So true..RPaul doesnt bring it.. They might have threatened his family?.. Like Ross Perot..

Trump, 70, is perfect, take me.. I will sacrifice myself for good of country..so even the dumbest liberal can understand..Trump was taken out.

But most likely they will kill one of his kids. But I would offer my life for the country, or come take me at Presidential Palace like Allende and his loyal cook who stood their ground when the Tribe came for him in Chile

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erkme73's picture

Keep that overrated, underperforming nanny-car piece of shit BMW... You deserve it.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Between the Democrats and the Republicans, we have the perfect storm of manipulation. This time around though, we have popular outsiders winning far too many votes, and the GOP might suck it up and nominate Trump so they can stab in the back in the general. But the Jack-ass party is going to go full Chicago on Sanders. I've got booze and popcorn, so lets get the shit show started.......

Professorlocknload's picture

The interwebs haven't broken the media cartel, they have expanded it to new venues. Google is just another example of a monopoly target of the body politic, to be used to sway voters. I don't for a minute believe google search algo's aren't being manipulated to generate favorable campaign ad placement and "Headline" distribution into MSM sources.

centerline's picture

I disagree.  I think traditional MSM is bleeding out.  A new form of information engineering is now developing though... we agree there I think.  There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Google and other firms are shaping the information we receive.  But, the internet is more than just google.  It is like HAM radio on steroids.  You can't just put this genie back in a bottle.  You have to shut it down.  The internet is a game changer, IMO.  One way or another (good or bad).  The battle is raging right in front of us.  Even here.  Who knows who among us is being paid to push an aggenda.  I'll bet there are some though.  We have in the past busted a few.

CC Lemon's picture

Forty million people on foodstamps, the biggest military empire that ever existed and all people deeply embedded into their gravy train industrial complex are going to fight tooth and fucking nail before the sysetm gets "torn down."

The chances of a reset without potentially millions of deaths WITHIN U.S/ borders are very, very slim.

tmosley's picture

"He’s offering us nothing new, and he’s going backward in many ways."

That's the point, Ron. That is what "conservatism" is. Someone who wants to go back to the way things used to be when they were better.

Circa 1950 would be "ok". Circa 1900 would be good. Even if we took the bad with the good. But we don't have to. We can just go back in that direction on the policies that were good, and keep the modern ones that are good.

GoldBricker's picture

You gotta cut Dr. Ron some slack. He's old and tired and doesn't want to get sucked into the whole mau-mau thing for anyone who doesn't disavow The Donald 3 times before the cock crows. That would be pointless and un-productive (I mean, who is gonna change their vote because of anything Ron Paul says? (And I say that with maximum respect.), and Ron Paul knows it.

So he's clever about it. He makes a non-specific disavowal, and includes back-handed compliments to Trump and Sanders without having to weigh in on anything they're saying.

Sturm und Drang's picture

Wait - I'm old and tired but still like to get sucked.

Ooops - damned mobile formatting anyway...


"Trump - because it pisses you off."

juangrande's picture

Yes back to the "good ole days"! (the reality of the good ole days, aside) 1900 - 80% + of working class working 70 hr weeks at slave wages ( children included). Complain and be murdered by corrupt agents of government. The plus side was there was a huge continent yet to exploit for natural resources ( can't go back to that).

1950  Post WWII  The plus  All of the U.S.'s competitors completely destroyed resulting in a 20 yr boom. I don't think we can pull that off unscathed anymore. 1950's downside, everything else.

blackkitty's picture

That's a fallacy..they all had their own booms in the 50's and 60's. They rebuilt their own economies and boomed because of it since they all kept expanding. Example: BMWs in Germany, Fiats in Italy, Toyotas in Japan..same for appliances, electronics, etc, etc, etc..

Italy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_economic_miracle
Germany - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirtschaftswunder
Japan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_post-war_economic_miracle
France - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trente_Glorieuses

Silver Shield's picture

Too bad Ron Paul didn't listen to me when I sat in his office in 2012....

Before the meeting...

The Hope Loop vs the Fear Loop

Now he thinks the system is rigged...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

It's even deeper and simpler than that...

1. Just as the Fed is a PRIVATE BANKING CARTEL, so too our political system of the two parties (RNC and GOP) is owned and run by a PRIVATE CARTEL.

2. All cartels have a public face -- with shills, agents and Front Men.  The private face -- the power players -- always remain behind the screen/veil.  The Elections are merely the public ritual that we go through, to maintain the charade.

3. The US public is finally waking up to these facts, and their Righteous Indignation is rising.  If it bubbles over, there is hope for this country.  If not, then there isn't.  It's as simple as that.

Kirk out.

Boris Badenov's picture

Wow, George Carlin keeps getting smarter and smarter. Funny how he can do that.

anarchitect's picture

If the DoJ was actually independent and enforced the laws enacted by politicians themselves, the RNC and DNC would be shut down under RICO and anti-trust laws, and all the principals would end up serving lengthy prison terms.

Professorlocknload's picture

"Every election is a sort of advanced auction of stolen goods."   HL Mencken.

Live with it or tear the sumbitch down.

skinwalker's picture

I saw a picture once on a dominatrix website where a guy was chained up with his head in a plastic box. On top of the box was a toilet seat with a woman sitting on it. Voting is kind of like that. 

blabam's picture

The idea that you change the global order since the second world war by an election is.... quite naive. 

newworldorder's picture

Looking at History the obvious conclusion is that change only comes through revolution. Nothing else. The US, France, Russia, Iran, China are the most notable. That and the World Wars. Those are the only change agents.

blabam's picture

And even then, revolutions tend to bring only more suffering. The original US revolution is one of the exceptions. 

Frankie Carbone's picture

But Trump! Trump! 

Vote for Trump, he's for the people!!

Note: It's also naive as hell to think that his election is either going to "trigger anything", or fuck the Establishment.

The damage that IS done by voting for him is unbeleivable. That is why I viscerally hate his supporters. It's personal. It's not just a disagreement. Fucking brainwashed hopey dopey clowns are setting us up in a real bad way.  

Baa baa's picture

Trump and I have a common enemy and he has a shot at the power. The enemy of my enemy...

erkme73's picture

My big red down arrow for your post is personal, too.  Just wish I could do it more than once.

Frankie Carbone's picture

Good, I want to win the unpopularity contest among you people. 

toady's picture

Good ol' Ron.... Captain Obvious to most ZHers, but completely foreign to the masses. Have any JoeSixpack read that and he'll say "Huh?"

Frankie Carbone's picture

Careful who you call a Zerohedger. These mutts that have recently strolled in following the Donald are not ZH'ers. They're just fly-by-night talking point-soundbite chatterboxes that will hopefully be on their way once the circus is over. 

chunga's picture

It's an obvious sham but that doesn't stop 'Murika from using it's "moral authority" to bomb and kill other countries in the name of freedom and democracy.

Ha hA

newworldorder's picture

In a world that believes in Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Iran, Putin, PLO, the Iranian Mullahs, etc - you single out the US for its alleged hypocrisy? 

Manipuflation's picture

newworldorder, you are not on a hot track with this one.  

Temporalist's picture

Fuck you chunga!  Fuck you!  Freedom comes at the end of a rifle.  Freedom!  Dropping some peace bombs never hurt nobody.

chunga's picture

I can no longer recite the pledge of allegiance in good conscience.

It's been a while.

Manipuflation's picture

You don't need recite anything Chunga.  This time when you turned around you found that you were not alone.  I was there.     

Sturm und Drang's picture

Lee Greenwood, pick up a white paging phone. Lee Greenwood.

Motorhead's picture

Thanks, Ron.  Now, get your son off of his ass.