Stephen Beecroft wrote:
> > 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.
> No, it's not. It's called "reading".
> > All you have to do is read, not cut and paste selectively
> > in what appears to be a deliberately polemical way.
> In fact, I cut and pasted to preserve the meaning as much as possible
> without simply requoting your entire email.
> > I had already made my point about state conventions, then went
> > on to write what you've quoted.
> Wrong. The part I quoted was at the beginning of your email. You then
> went on to expound even more after that.
Stephen, please knock it off. You know darn well thiw wasn't the beginning of my
email -- you'd already quoted the whole paragraph before. Before I wrote what you
quoted, I wrote, "Being a 'member' of a party in our Westminster system means
something different than it does in the U.S. In the U.S. every voter registers
for a party (or as an independent -- as I recall the rules vary considerably
from state to state, as to how the states elect their delegates to the party
national conventions). " This was then followed by what you selectively quoted,
"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." I changed my focus from state
conventions (primaries) to elections. If you don't want to accept my explanation
as to what I was thinking when I wrote this, then there's no point continuing
this as far as I'm concerned. You see what you want to see.
Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
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