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 by Ed Donath

4/27/16


Racketeering


What's wrong with this picture?The consensus, even in the unlikelihood that the Cruz-Kasich anti-Trump alliance turns out to be effective in some way, is that their deal is just a common political tactic -- merely a part of the way things are done during the heat of a campaign. "If nothing else," shills and surrogates say, "they are proving that Donald Trump isn't the 'only' candidate in the race who puts 'the deal' and and its inherent 'art' above all else."

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On the other hand, Trump sincerely labels Cruz' and Kasich's deal as "collusion", equating it with the kind of black hat tactics that are more likely to be found in the corporate world -- the world in which the Donald has spent his entire adult life -- than in the civics context of a presidential primary season.

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I go beyond agreement with Trump on this one.  I see the "collusion" angle of two hypocrites who claim they are acting altruistically so as to rescue us dopes from what appears to be the imminent nomination of Donald Trump by the very will of us dopes. Actually, I consider the Crasich Alliance to be a far more serious offense than mere collusion, hypocrisy or dirty political pool. I call it racketeering.


Racketeering (Investopedia definition):

"Often associated with organized crime, is the act of offering of a dishonest service (a "racket") to solve a problem that wouldn't otherwise exist without the enterprise offering the service. Racketeering, as defined by the RICO Act, includes a list of 35 different crimes."


Millions of dollars have been amassed by Cruz and Kasich from contributors to their campaigns. The impetus for those donations, particularly the hard-earned cash variety contributed by common folks like us, was the belief that their candidate was the only one in the oversized field who truly reflected their philosophy and will.

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Being a conservative I know that voters who feel as I do may have sent a check to Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum or Rick Perry. However, it is highly unlikely that any of their money ended-up in the coffers of John Kasich, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush.  Likewise, if you sent a contribution to John Kasich,  I'm sure you never expected him to share any of it with Ted Cruz.

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Therefore, what Ted Cruz has done, in effect, amounts to taking that 25 bucks someone might have struggled to donate to the conservative cause and diverting a dollar of it to lend support -- albeit temporary -- to the most liberal, establishment candidate currently in the race.

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Like racketeers, these two candidates have colluded and defrauded their investors. The result, in essence, is that they have raised millions under false pretenses.

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In Kasich's case the racketeering is particularly egregious because it has been a mathematical impossibility for him to win the majority of convention delegates virtually from the outset. Furthermore, Kasich claims to be the only remaining candidate who can beat Hillary head-to-head but, except for one day in his home state, he never beat Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Fiorina, Bush, Carson or anyone else.

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If that's not dishonestly offering a service for a problem that wouldn't exist if he (Kasich) wasn't offering that service -- racketeering -- while he continues raising funds across state borders to "solve" that non-existent problem, then it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.

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Even if Cruz' reasoning was a bit more honest right up until he lost five state primaries yesterday (rendering his chance of being nominated in an uncontested convention null and void) he is now most certainly in open collusion with Kasich.  In that respect, Ted Cruz is guilty, at least, of being a co-conspirator in Kasich's racketeering.
 

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How many voters today understand what racketeering even means? Dictionary? What's a dictionary? I don't need no stinkin' dictionary.

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Hey Cruz... your announcement about Fiorina is kinda like, as they say, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....

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