Creative arithmetic

In sports there is a slogan, “If you lose, say nothing. And if you win, say less.” Creative arithmetic is for losers.

Here we go again. The mayor did not really win because if you count all those who did not vote for him, he did not have a majority. So much for whining. In any competition, if you lose according to the rules the way they are, you are toast, period.

Everybody knows that our voting system is not perfect. Winston Churchill once pointed out that democracy is the worst possible form of governance except for every alternative.

A few years ago, we voted against STV (Single Transferable Vote). It was a no-brainer because it would inevitably lead to minority governments. Minority governments do not work.

All we have to do is watch the Americans. The Republicans would rather die than support any measure that has the potential for increasing the president’s popularity. In the meantime, the country is going to hell in a hand basket. For years, we had the same problem right at home. Somebody has to rule. If you lose, get over it.

In sports there is a slogan, “If you lose, say nothing. And if you win, say less.” Creative arithmetic is for losers.

Gerry Lepine

 

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