The most fundamental concept of any democracy is that all people, regardless of who they are or what power they have, should have an equal voice in the ballot box. Early primary and caucus states advocate a fundamental violation of this belief. There is no democratic justification to giving residents of specific states early access to candidates in every presidential cycle. Were tradition to hold, we as Americans would still be mere subjects to the British monarch without our fair representation.
As a resident of a state that tends to vote on Super Tuesday, my primary vote has little meaning, given that in most cycles the nominee has all but been declared by that point. I have in my “large” state seen candidates for offices from House to Governor, use retail politics to make a difference. There is no magic soil in the early primary states, which gives them an intellect beyond the rest of our nation. The president runs to represent 300 million Americans, not just Nevadans, New Hampshirites or Iowans. To give states specific nomination powers is akin to the process in Iran, where an elect have the authority to select candidates for everyone in the general election. It would seem we already have an aspect of Sharia Law in America.
It is not an aspect of American democracy, but a hindrance upon my vote, to restrict me to candidates who have passed the vetting of other states. It is a form of tyranny of the minority, and I hope that states reconsider their hard-line and anti-democratic stances. The fifty states must come to a reasonable rotating agreement about how to hold the Presidential primaries, that gives voice to all. That any state continues to advocate a distinction is in violation of the concept that all Americans are equal.