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Clinton candidacy under underscores Democratic party contempt for democratic process
Addressing the party’s leadership, Sanders declared, “Open the doors, let the people in.” https://t.co/0XIctwi6aU via @torontostar
— Independents (@Independents) May 18, 2016
Clinton holds a commanding lead of nearly 300 pledged delegates over Sanders and a dominant advantage among party officials and elected leaders known as superdelegates. The outcomes in Kentucky and Oregon were not expected to change that and the former secretary of state remains on track to clinch the nomination in early June.
Tuesday’s elections took place amid new questions about party unity following a divisive weekend state party convention in Nevada. Supporters of Sanders tossed chairs and made death threats against the Nevada party chairwoman at the event in Las Vegas, arguing the party leadership rigged the results of the convention in favour of Clinton.
In a sign of the tensions between the two sides, Sanders issued a defiant statement Tuesday dismissing complaints from Nevada Democrats as “nonsense” and said his supporters were not being treated with “fairness and respect.”
In California, Sanders urged the party to be welcoming to voters who are “prepared to fight for real economic and social change.” Addressing the party’s leadership, Sanders declared, “Open the doors, let the people in.”
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is really about the political parties versus the voters. In other words, the political parties are waging war on the voters!
Debates in the democratic process: No candidate should be excluded and every candidate must attend
The Democratic Process
Winston Churchill: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others." http://t.co/AJSU2Lb9el – Whatever democracy means
— Independents (@Independents) October 4, 2015
“Democracy” has become a “code word” for everything’s okay. We live in a democracy. There are many different kinds of democracies. They function differently. Canada has a “first past the post” system. Other countries may have some form or proportional representation. My point is a simple one. Whatever form of democracy a country has, that form is one of many different flavors of democracy in the democratic process.
Don’t ever confuse “democracy” with “freedom”
Independents in spirit, should consider the @PCParty1868 – Progressive Canadian Party
Great chat with @PCParty1867 Leader Sinclair Stevens and Party Leader @DorianBaxter_PC https://t.co/MMHgQaBvsy on the history of the party
— Independents (@Independents) July 8, 2015
It’s election season. We support independent candidates. That said, the “independent experience” is NOT for everybody.
The Honourable Sinclair Stevens is the leader of the Progressive Canadian Party. This is a party that should be considered by those who:
1. Are “independent minded” people
2. Don’t want to run a campaign as an “independent candidate”
3. Would like to run with a party that will allow them to define their own positions and priorities.
If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact us …
Should Canadian MPs be able to vote out a party leader?
Should MPs be able to vote out a part leader? http://t.co/BDPmdNuhk0
— Independents (@Independents) December 10, 2013
Making the individual MP relevant in Canada
Could Harper really lose his power? #cdnpoli http://t.co/6QEt7WGamX via @HuffPostCanada – #Independents rising
— Independents (@Independents) December 2, 2013
OTTAWA — An NDP MP signalled Friday her party may not support a forthcoming bill aimed at limiting the power of the prime minister. The problems the bill aims to fix — such as curbing the control of party leaders over their MPs — are only found in the Conservative caucus, Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan told The Huffington Post Canada.
HuffPost reported Thursday that Tory backbencher Michael Chong plans to bring forward legislation next week to curb the power of all party leaders. The bill is the culmination of months of discussion among a small group of MPs who are hoping to loosen the stranglehold of the prime minister’s office on individual representatives, giving MPs more freedom to speak their minds and vote their conscience.
The Tory backbenchers involved in the group, dubbed “Committee 2012”, insist their efforts to inject more democracy into the Commons have nothing to do with the current Senate scandal engulfing the PMO. But the NDP suggested it won’t support the bill because it responds to a uniquely Tory problem
The Rathbeger resignation – A time for consideration
Ex-Tory MP’s riding association seeks new candidate http://t.co/MkI1v0TU3S – Rathgeber resigns bc Harper treats MPs as "trained seals"
— Independents (@Independents) June 8, 2013
The erosion of the value of the individual MP is the same as the erosion of the value of the individual voter http://t.co/myCZnAiTkY
— Independents (@Independents) June 8, 2013
Congratulations to Mr. Rathgeber. His resignation should be used to begin a discussion about the proper role of the MP in Canada. I hope that he runs in the next election as an Independent Candidate. Furthermore, voters in his riding must take the opportunity to to remind ALL parties that the MP is the link between the voters and government. The erosion of the significance of the individual MP is tantamount to an erosion of the significance of the individual voter. In a democracy, the role of elected representatives should be to serve the voters. The role of elected representatives is NOT to a mechanism to serve the PMO or to serve a political party. Rather than look for a new candidate, this particular riding association should examine its moral principles and understanding of what democracy is about.
But that won’t happen because this riding association exists to serve the party and not the people.
As Winston Churchill once said:
“Some will sacrifice principle for party and some party for principle.”
Want to make a real choice? Vote for an independent!
Want to make a real difference? Run as an Independent!
The Agenda – Steve Pakin – Does Parliament and do individual MPs matter any more?
The Agenda with Steve Pakin – Does Parliament and do individual MPs matter? TVO ww3.tvo.org/video/190246/m… – Interesting video
— Independents (@Independents) April 12, 2013
Interesting video. Enjoy.
Some caucus ejections are different from others
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 5:00AM EST
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 4:16PM EST
Poor Raj Sherman. If only he’d been a member of the British Conservative Party instead of the Alberta Tories, he’d likely still be in caucus today.
Dr. Sherman is the latest politician to be banished from his party’s ranks for remarks deemed to have reflected poorly on his leader. The MLA from Edmonton refused to drink the health policy Kool-Aid his party was serving and instead joined his fellow doctors in declaring a crisis in Alberta’s emergency rooms. Continue reading
Florida governor Frist to run as independent
Charlie Frist – An Independent in his own words – YouTube
Centrist Florida governor falls through the cracks of a deeply divided GOP
Candidacy sets stage for three-way race for coveted Florida Senate seat, with Governor Charlie Crist favoured to winKonrad Yakabuski
Consider the following comments about this article before reading it:
“I am not so sure this will hurt the Republicans in the long run. Likely in the short run, though. Christ, who is definitely a Republican in behaviour, has said he will continue to vote with the Republicans if elected, and is clearly feeling bullied enough that he will tow the party line after this experience, if elected, which is bad. The irony of all this blacklisting by Republicans is that it is becoming elitist where only a few decide Republican policy and who runs. Only a few decide for the entire party which is less input for the rest. Strange times. Those who care about fairness and justness would really hope this ‘experiment’ by extreme Republicans fails miserably.”
“Just to help out the Globe and its collection of insulated readers, I am helpfully posting a link to the Politico article on Mr.Charlie and his ‘principled’ crusade. I know I am throwing away all that cash from my winnings on that pool I suggested earlier, but I’m just a helper at heart.
Charlie’s chances of winning in November – Slim & None and the bus is all but warmed up as they say.
Charlie’s chances of going out of politics as both a buffoon and a poltroon. Excellent.
I look forward to his forthcoming utter humiliation as a salutatory lesson to all the other poltroons out there in political land. Self-absorption and self-regard are NOT ENOUGH.
You have to both offer something and more importantly BE something.”
Washington — From Friday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Apr. 30, 2010 4:55AM EDT Last updated on Friday, Apr. 30, 2010 10:30AM EDT
It’s Ross Perot in reverse.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s move to quit the Republican Party to run as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate this fall illustrates just how far the GOP has swung right since Mr. Perot ran for president in 1992.