Stephen Beecroft wrote:

> -Marc-
> > Exactly. I was referring to state party conventions, what you
> > call in US English, primaries.
> Interesting. So, then, what did you intend to say when you wrote:
>      So to say that my late father was a Democrat means that he
>      was registered as a Democrat. As it happens, this is pretty
>      meaningless, because the vote is secret, and you can vote
>      for whomever you like.

<sigh> You know, this isn't rocket science. All you have to do is read, not cut
and paste selectively in what appears to be a deliberately polemical way. I had
already made my point about state conventions, then went on to write what you've
quoted. Again you've quoted me out of context.  This particular reference is to
voting following the primaries. Was it that hard to figure out, or are you your
own worst enemy when it comes to understanding what others write?

> If you were referring to primaries, then why did you say that
> affilliation was "meaningless, can vote for whomever you
> like"? This is clearly false, even in primaries. And you never did
> respond to the question of why your statement, "[i]n the U.S. every
> voter registers for a party (or as an independent)", was not false on
> its face, given that not all states require registration in a party to
> participate in primaries, much less the general election.

Because I thought it was a dumb question, if you really insist on an answer. If
you want me to be tactful, give me room to be tactful.

> Clarifyingly,
> Stephen

Be careful what you ask for. You might get it. Clarification, in this case.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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