Statesman vs Politician

jfclarkeA politician … is a man who thinks of the next election; while the statesman thinks of the next generation.”  James Freeman Clarke

The old joke is that a statesman is a dead politician. The difference between them is the same as that between an amateur and a professional.

Why Now?

trumpEverybody has it in bunches over the latest Donald “Mr.Mouth”Trump statement. A lot of people who said they support him or at least didn’t come out against him NOW are all a twitter and tweeting like never before. Really! all this is nothing new about Mr.Trump. In my opinion he has said a lot worse things during the primaries and since getting the nomination. That video should be no revelation to anybody, just a gross example and confirmation of who and what Mr.Trump is. So Why all the fuss now? I’m not surprised, it’s all in character, on the crude side, nothing new however, Why are some acting like they are just realizing what the GOP nominee is? Nothing new in that video, So Why now?

First Election

Fair_Vote_Canada_logoI ran for a seat on the National council for Fair vote Canada. 15 candidates with 8 being elected to seats on the council. I came in 14th out the 15 candidates. “If you can’t accept losing then you shouldn’t run in the election.”

Note that the DONALD!!! demands he get supported now by the GOP but never firmly committed to support the GOP ticket if he wasn’t the nominee and has gone to threaten violence if he isn’t. Warning signs are all there. Time for the “establishment” to stop giving any support to this man!

Bernie & Donald!!

batBoth Sanders and Trump have a point in their criticism of the current process. It is flawed and archaic BUT they knew what it was before running for the presidential nomination of these two parties. Don’t like it, then run as an independent! No one forces anyone to run for elected office. One CHOOSES to do so. The basics of this convoluted system have been in place for decades. I remember in a book on RFK about the 1960 Democratic convention and something about a ”unit rule”. The JFK campaign lost a state delegation because of it but they did get the nomination on the first ballot. I agree the process is a mess but you do not try to change the rules of the game while playing the game.

It should be that all registered voters of a party on January 1 of a year are the only ones eligible to vote in a national primary for all of their party’s nomination races in June. The party nominations for the House of Representatives, Senate, and President all go up on a ballot in that month. It’s to be a preference ballot so you rank your choices for the candidates in order you want to see get the nomination for that race. The results for the House and Senate are given out at that time but the results for the presidential nomination are revealed only at the national convention for the party.

Each party sets out the order in which the results for the 56 states and territories is to be shown. Like from the state or territory that had the lowest percentage of the vote for the party’s candidate in the last presidential election to the one with the highest percentage. The results are shown one by one till all 56 are done. One screen shows the result from the current region and the other shows the national vote total. The top candidate is Leading if they have a minority of the vote, Elect if they have a majority, and Nominated if they remaining votes can not take them below a majority. If no candidate got nominated then the results from the second count of the ballots is done with the candidate with the least votes from the preceding ballot dropped. This is repeated until you are shown a nominated candidate.

This yields a straight forward get a majority of the vote of the party members in your district for the House, your state for the Senate, and nationally for the President in order to get your party’s nomination.

Rob Ford

robfordWay to young to go and like Rene Angelil leaving behind young children to be raised by a widow. My problem with Mr. Ford is not so much the policies especially his opposition to the way that city government handed out goodies to itself but his becoming mayor. The same is true with Mr. Trump. You can be a character and have the mouth in private enterprise and it’s even admired. You can still be quite the character in the legislature because you’re one among many. But in the leadership position of mayor or more critically that of President of the USA the character ends up interfering with the leadership. When the Leader is a character then that character starts to define the leadership. It may all be entertaining and give the stand-up comedians material by the quote full but it’s no longer about the leadership of the office but the character of the Leader that holds it. RIP Rob Ford 1969-2016

Presidential election 2016

At least theelectionflag field will be cut down on the Republican side. Who are the contenders; the DONALD!!, the Cruzship, Boy wonder, and the Guvernors, namely Bush and Kasick. The hunt and peck nature of the primaries truly distorts US presidential elections. One primary your up and the next your down. If there was one vote right across the nation you wouldn’t expect a candidate to win every state or each district. That seems what Clinton has to do and for a Republican at least always come close to winning. As I have said before, no one in their right mind would create a presidential nomination process like this if they had to do it from scratch.


The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Winston Churchill

Seven more days till the 42nd Federal general election. All citizens should vote and view doing so as an obligation to their fellow citizens. I missed the first federal election I was eligible to vote in and I can’t recall why I didn’t. The same for Quebec but I wasn’t in the province at the time. But I’m 8 for 8 of the last general elections for both the Federal and Quebec. Voted for the first time by advanced poll. It opened up at noon on Friday October 12 and I was down there at 1:30. A line up which I didn’t expect. Maybe around 20-40 people ahead of me. I didn’t get out till 2:30 so an hour to vote. The only difference from regular being required to sign a register. I was surprised to see the Rhino party on the ballot.