A Washington Post opinion column published Wednesday displayed the legacy outlet’s unabashed elitism, calling to give “elites a bigger say” in presidential election processes.
The column, originally titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president,” was written by Marquette University professor Julia Azari.
Azari expresses her desire to see presidential primaries altered to “preference polls,” in which everyday voters would merely have the ability to express their preference for candidates. It appears as if in her model of primaries, the actual vote totals would be non-binding and meaningless; the people could merely make suggestions that would be approved or denied by a cabal of backroom party elites.
Establishment elites have called for such a change to the presidential nomination process before, in which party officials would essentially take control of primaries away from voters. Such proposals appear primed to gain steam after the rise of populist politicians such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the latter of whom Azari points to as an argument for show primaries.
After a tidal wave of criticism, the title of the piece was changed to “It’s time to switch to preference primaries.”
The Washington Post is owned by Amazon oligarch Jeff Bezos, a global uber-billionaire known for his opposition to populists on the left and right such as Sanders and Trump. A proposal to strip voters of their primary election rights would serve his interests well, a sign that Azari’s piece may be more of a paid advertisement than a genuine political proposal.
Azari’s desire to do away with presidential primaries would fundamentally strip American citizens from choosing who they want for president. It would practically ensure the United States is changed from a democratic system to a naked oligarchy, in which billionaire elites such as Bezos are given full reign to dictate the results of nominal elections.
Her proposal isn’t entirely different than the show elections the Soviet Union and Communist China have been known for.
The Washington Post fixated its moralistic motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” above the header of the arrogant opinion piece, blissfully unaware of the irony in making such a claim while proposing to strip American voters of their ability to choose presidential candidates.
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New York Times Writer Blames Evangelical Christians for Chinese Coronavirus
Not China’s Communist Party.
A New York Times writer published a column largely assigning blame for America’s Chinese coronavirus epidemic on Evangelical Christians.
In Stewart’s column, titled ‘The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response,’ she frames conservative Christians for a supposed lacking national effort to contain the disease. Stewart alleges that Christians within the administration are preventing the federal government from recognizing ‘science,’ repeating a trope long alleged by liberals that their political opponents are supposedly ignorant of the discipline.
In the article, Stewart claims that “Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.”
She fails that recognize that scientific experts on viral outbreaks such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have informed the federal government’s response since the beginning of the crisis.
Stewart fails to mention that it was progressive liberals across the world who largely opposed international travel bans, a scientifically verifiable means of virus transmission and spread. The European Union lagged well behind the United States and Canada in placing curbs on travel across borders.
Perhaps most egregiously, she fails to even so much as assign any culpability for America’s coronavirus epidemic on the Chinese Communist Party, which failed to so much as even admit the scale of the problem as the disease first took the form of a true public health pandemic in China. The CCP’s negligent cover-up of the coronavirus epidemic in undoubtedly the most ‘unscientific’ governmental approach to the virus, with grave consequences. And China’s authoritarian leaders are by no means conservative Christians.
Stewart’s reaching move to blame Evangelicals for the coronavirus outbreak in America is merely a reactionary take from a cultural liberal seeking to impute political commentary in the midst of a pandemic.
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