Mark Gregson wrote:
> > In the U.S. every voter registers for a party (or as an independent -- as I recall
>the rules vary considerably from
> What? You mean to say that you cannot vote in the US unless you register your
>"preference"? Is that true? And if it is, what's the point of it? Since your vote
>is secret, why register a preference?
No -- as I'm sure you saw when you read the rest of my post. As to what the point is,
that's a good question, and I will have to defer to one of our southern experts. I
remember my first year in US school, in 9th grade in Seattle. It was an election year
and we held a mock convention in our civics class. I hadn't a clue as to what was
> As to voting or supporting a party: I'm not sure that I follow what Elder Jensen was
>saying. What's the point of voting for a party if you don't accept their policies?
He wasn't talking about voting, he was talking about becoming active in a party so as
to act as a force for good from within the party.
> The Brethren have always told us to study the issues and then support the candidate
>that best represents our interests or who supports the issues we believe in. If a
>candidate supports things that we are opposed to, then why would we vote for him or
>her? Okay, granted, probably every candidate supports some things that we are
>opposed to, but if a candidate supports many things we strongly oppose, why would we
>vote for him or her?
You shouldn't. But as above, that's not what either the 1P statement or Pres. Jensen's
remarks were addressing.
> I once worked with a lady from Malaysia. She said that theoretically they have
>democracy there but "something always happens to the opposition". She said that
>speaking against the government would get you into trouble. She was bemused when I
>told her that in order to be a patriotic Canadian you _had_ to speak against the
This is even true in Singapore, unfortunately. Of course, Canada evolved into a
dominion, not a colony with a history of brutal repression like Malaya (the British
forerunner to Singapore and Malaysia). Her Majesty's Leader of the Loyal Opposition
must appear oxymoronic to many people.
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