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Josh Hawley Takes ‘Aristocratic Elite’ To Task in Maiden Senate Speech

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley staked out a vision for populists on the right in his maiden Senate speech.

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Missouri’s new US Senator Josh Hawley used his first speech on the floor of the U.S Senate to take the plutocratic political elite to task, offering a vision for populists and nationalists in the Republican Party to take up the mantle of working and middle class Americans.

Hawley’s speech called out America’s corrupt political elites- pointing out the shameless disloyalty of America’s ruling economic and political class towards the broader American people.

Today’s society benefits those who shaped it, and it has been shaped not by working men and women, but by the new aristocratic elite. Big banks, big tech, big multi-national corporations, along with their allies in the academy and the media—these are the aristocrats of our age. They live in the United States, but they consider themselves citizens of the world.

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The former Missouri Attorney General brought up the example of struggling communities his home state, pointing out the broader trend of well-paying jobs moving out of the country and to the coasts as traditional working-class industry has declined in the American heartland. As wealth and opportunities for a decent career have been siphoned to big cities and sent out of the country, many Americans from states like Missouri have found it increasingly difficult to sustain a quality of life their parents and grandparents had enjoyed.

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Hawley’s remarks represent a populist viewpoint rarely heard from in the U.S Senate, previously reiterated by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Arkansas’ Tom Cotton. Hawley’s vision of a people’s conservatism- which places American communities, ways of life, and people as the most precious resources worthy of conservation- stands in stark contrast to the “free market” fundamentalism of the GOP establishment, which places the interests of massive global corporations, shareholders, and the neoliberal elite over that of the American people.

The message that Washington has sent our society is loud and clear- our elites are the people who matter, and those who aspire to join them. Everyone else is unimportant and backwards. And millions of American are left with the sense that the people who run this country view them with nothing but contempt, and value them as nothing but consumers.”

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Democrat Superdelegates Willing to Overturn Primary Delegate Count to Stop Bernie

The Democratic Party still has a ‘superdelegate’ system.

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New York Times interviews with several Democrat superdelegates revealed that the party elites are willing and prepared to block a Bernie Sanders nomination if they have the ability.

The superdelegates only enter into play if the Democrat nomination process goes to a second ballot at the party’s convention in Milwaukee. For that to happen, no candidate could possess an outright majority of (pledged) delegates on the first ballot.

In such a case, superdelegates could plausibly prove instrumental in deciding the nomination.

Bernie Sanders has gone on the record stating that the Democrat candidate who possesses the most delegates at the convention-even if they’re not an outright majority- should be the nominee. Every other Democrat candidate, with the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, has declined to back such a proposition.

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Superdelegates interviewed by the Times seemed relatively unapologetic about the prospect of overturning the will of a plurality of Democrat voters and handing the nomination to a candidate with less popular votes and delegates.

Bernie wants to redefine the rules and just say he just needs a plurality,” said Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York Democrat Party. “I don’t think we buy that. I don’t think the mainstream of the Democratic Party buys that. If he doesn’t have a majority, it stands to reason that he may not become the nominee.”

The Times interviewed 93 superdelegates, finding consensus behind such a controversial proposition.

Superdelegates lost their right to participate in the first nominating ballot for the presidential primary after the 2016 election. Many Democrats were incensed at their undemocratic role in the nominating process, especially in light of their overwhelming allegiance to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary.

Superdelegates are composed of party donors, elected officials, and other elite Democrats granted the powerful position by the DNC.

It’s worth noting that primary season talk of contested conventions, be it in the Republican or Democrat Party, rarely materializes. Hope of a contested convention is usually limited to a pipe dream that party segments resort to when it becomes too obvious that their preferred candidate is not going to be selected by voters.

 

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