A time to change

lrA time to change with real reform with two new political parties for the United States of America. As the tag line says for the Federalist party of Canada, If you want our politics to change you must first change our political parties. Based on the structure of the Federalist party of Canada and adapted for America are the Lincoln party of America and the Roosevelt party of America. I may later register domain names for these two parties and create websites as well. Much better would be some citizen of my neighbour to the south coming across this and seeing a path for America’s future in these parties.

Lincoln party of America

Roosevelt party of America

 

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Who pays your salary?

images-duckduckgo-comWho pays your salary Mr. Trudeau? It’s that person asking the question. If a citizen and taxpayer ask you a question in a language you speak you answer them back in that language. I know you don’t need the money but that’s not the point. You are an employee and you’re attitude and actions doesn’t reflect an understanding of this. Your response to this becoming an issue was insulting. Big surprise, there’s a significant English population in the Townships. I thought you knew Quebec!

Win / Win

main_content_trump_protest_us_cities_widePersonally I don’t see the point in protests or in petitions. We each have one vote and the only REAL power and say we have is that VOTE. One might want to from time to time do those things but in the end the only place it really COUNTS is at the ballot box. I missed the first Federal and Quebec elections I was eligible for but since then I have voted in every one for 30 years.

Regrettably the USA with their electoral college is the same as Canada as a Parliamentary democracy with it’s first past the post system. A party or candidate can win the vote and yet legit another party or candidate wins the election.

Clinton won the vote but note to these protesters that Mr. Trump did get elected by the rules that determine your presidential elections. He will be sworn in as president and you do have 18 months to gear up for the mid-terms and that is where they should be focused and work towards. The only place where it really COUNTS is at the BALLOT BOX!

50/50

image10An interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2012. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.

Obama 65,916,000 votes / Romney 60,934,000 votes / Equal votes for each 63,425,000

Multiple Obama’s  vote by 0.9622 / Multiple Romney’s vote by 1.0409 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?

The electoral votes of the states of Florida and Ohio go from Obama to Romney. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?

Obama got 332 electoral votes (62%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 285  electoral votes (53%).

Romney got 206 electoral votes (38%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 253 electoral votes (47%).

Hypocrisy

Canada's PM Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/citizenship-revocation-trudeau-harper-1.3795733

As I said before “Some are better, some are worse, but in the end, they are all the same” The best ones admit that they are doing a 180º from what they said in the election and explain why they are doing so. What Mr.Trudeau is doing is the usual spin we get after the election for campaign promises are used to get what you want and forgotten about afterwards. Same Old, same old. The part that bothers me the most about this is that you can be deprived of your citizenship without any hearing. Something to do with a quaint old-fashioned notion of “Your innocent until proven guilty”.

 

Brexit

brexitI’m a little surprised that the UK voted to leave the European Union. But the citizens are the owners and if that’s their choice then that’s their choice. Hopefully everyone who wanted to vote got to vote. A 73% voter turnout which means with the result that 38% of all voters voted to leave. Big picture and long term the citizens of the UK are going to find it wasn’t a smart decision. Decision based more upon how you feel about it then any rational and factual bases do tend to be at best for short term advantage and nothing more.

Same old, same old

TE“Some are better, and some are worst, but in the end they are all the same.”

 

A question I haven’t heard in the comments on Mr. Trudeau’s action is Why was he out of his chair in the first place? The complete and total hypocrisy of any comments from any member of the Conservative party is lost on them.

Just like what I recommend for dealing with confirmation of appointments should be done for legislation. There is a set period of time for debate. The Commons by super majorities can shorten that debate and by minorities lengthen that debate. Something like this.

  • Automatic vote on a bill 180 days after introduction, unless the following
  • By a vote of 90% of the full House (303) bill is voted on 30 days after introduction
  • By a vote of 75% of the full House (252) 60 days
  • By a vote of 67% of the full House (224) 90 days
  • By a vote of 60% of the full House (202) 120 days
  • By a vote of 50% of the full House (168) 360 days
  • By a vote of 33% of the full House (112) 270 days
  • By a vote of 25% of the full House (84) 240 days
  • By a vote of 10% of the full House (34) 210 days

The Liberals by themselves don’t have the votes to bring a bill to a vote faster then the set 180 days. The opposition combined could set a bill vote back to 9 months after being introduced. The conservatives alone could lengthen the debate to 8 months and the NDP by itself to 7 months. If the Liberals got the agreement of the NDP they could pass a bill 90 days after it being introduced and with the Conservatives 60 days after introduction.

The majority can’t ram through and the minority can’t block.

“The power of democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.” Barry Aulis