In less than 5 months time, the 501c4 corporation called Americans Elect will start holding its rounds of online voting in which candidates for President of the United States will vie for Americans Elect’s nomination and its 50-state ballot access. But before the first online vote is cast, the Americans Elect corporate board and its subsidiary committees will have the authority to decertify aspiring presidential tickets they don’t like for having what the AE corporation considers to be inappropriate backgrounds and inappropriate ideologies. It’s all spelled out in Americans Elect’s bylaws.
In a significant scoop, reporter Jonathan Tilove has recorded two Americans Elect leaders admitting that this is exactly what the Americans Elect bylaws are set up to do. Says Americans Elect Director Dennis Blair, “The bylaws were set up in a way that gives me confidence that we’ll have a candidate who I would be able to support.” Further clarifies Americans Elect leader Will Marshall, “It’s important to say that it is a guided effort, not just an unguided democratic missile. There will be rules designed to prevent it from being commandeered by ideologues”.
There you have it from the mouths of Americans Elect’s leadership: there’ll be no unguided democratic missile at Americans Elect, blowing up the well-laid plans of corporate leadership with the dangerous weapon of what the American people actually want. It’ll all be guided from the top to prevent the emergence of that radical, explosive element called democracy.
If the Americans Elect nomination process is not a democracy, if its rules are laid out to ensure that AE corporate leaders get the sort of nominee they have in mind, then what do we call it? What’s the word for that?