The Shell Game-Rank Choice Voting

The interesting turn in the 2018 midterm elections wasn’t Democrat control of our House of Representatives, but rather how many of them came to be by a narrow margin and a lack of voter participation. The recent recall and re-win of indicted Fall River Mayor Corriea underscores this. Then again Massachusetts has a history of indicted, on trial and imprisoned Governors, Mayors and other representatives serving time while serving in government.

In the election of Cortez only 27,744 out of 214,750 registered Democrats showed up on election day. In Fall River roughly 13,000 showed up to vote for five candidates. Advocates of Rank Choice Voting (RCV) claim this will be avoided with RCV in elections. Well, that’s all well and good if people actually showed up to vote.

The problem isn’t the system or a ‘plurality’ of parties. The problem is people DO NOT participate! RCV does not address this 800 lb gorilla in the room. The Cortez and Corriea election victories do not represent the majority of all voters. It just represents who bothered to show up. How does RCV solve this issue? It doesn’t. In fact, under RCV the other candidates could rank up their votes until a second place loser overtakes the original winner. In the case of Corriea the eventual winner would have won by even lesser numbers than the Mayor himself. The entire thing is a shell game.

Under Arrow’s Theorem you pick your choices from best to worse. You ‘manufacture’ the winner by taking second and third choices and running them up the scale. Essentially, you choose the steak. But you would be happy with the pork if steak loses out. In the final round you settle for the chicken in case you get niether steak or pork. According to a Stanford U. paper published;

“Nothing is necessarily wrong with that; the decision process can be perfectly democratic, and one person simply turns out to be on the winning side on all issues. ”
(Hylland 1986: 51, footnote 10)
Aanund Hylland

Then there is Occam’s second Razor. In order to claim something as fact it must be proven. Any and all questions, deviations, secondary statements to such must also be proven. Rank Choice Voting does not ‘prove’ this. It simply says so.

RCV isn’t a better system; It is just another system.

What is a proven fact is in elections you are choosing a winner over a loser. A vote for candidate A is a vote against candidate B. This is how elections work! The concept of ‘spoiler’ candidates is a construct. What the hell does that mean? Is RCV insinuating others SHOULD NOT run for office? How can RCV claim to open the process to better candidates, more parties, more openness while using such language?

Speaking about language; On RCV sites you will constantly see the word ‘Democracy’. Politicians who want to adopt this shell game will read from the script. While local elections are based on a majority vote our Federal Government is a Constitutional Republic.

If RCV cannot get our most basic form of government straight then how can we believe them to institute and ensure a more fair and equitable voting system?

And That Is The Diatribe….

Christopher Maider
Dean of Journalism
Worcester Tea Party

December’s Great Debate

December’s Great Debate

Come join The Worcester Tea Party in welcoming Republican Candidate for Governor Mark Fisher, and United Independence Party Candidate for Governor Evan Falchuk to Worcester.

Mark and Evan will join us at The Canal Bar to discuss the future of grassroots campaigns in the Commonwealth and the role Tea Party organizers can play in the electoral process to create positive change.

Join like minded Patriots who share their love of Liberty.   Our guests will debate the hot policy questions from the governor’s race and share their vision for the future.

Everyone is warmly welcome.  Come with your neighbors, your friends, and your family.  Bring an open mind and an appetite. We will provide you an entertaining and informative evening at a great local restaurant!

Thursday, December 18    

7 :00  p.m.

The Canal 

65 Water Street

Worcester, MA


Come early to enjoy fine food and drink from The Canal’s menu!

Worcester Tea Party to Picket Arne Duncan

Worcester Tea Party to Picket Arne Duncan

              Area citizens opposed to federal government influence in local public school curriculum will be picketing a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  Duncan is an advocate for the recently implemented and highly controversial Common Core standards.  He will be participating in a town hall-style meeting on career and technical education at Worcester Technical High School on Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m.

               Common Core is a one size fits all set of education standards.   These standards are being implemented in 45 states, though several states are rethinking their participation because of resistance from parents, teachers, and administrators.  The un-proven, un-tested and under-funded standards will cost state and local governments billions of dollars to implement. 

               If fully implemented, Common Core will federalize public education.   Local control will be transferred to a bureaucracy in Washington.  Common Core standards are replacing the very successful Massachusetts standards that have made the state’s public schools the best in the nation.   Ironically, Massachusetts, a leader in standardized student test results, will spend millions to LOWER its standards. According to concerned teachers, it will undermine their autonomy and their creative ability to help students learn. 


               Just last week in Worcester, the Worcester School Committee voted to support parental rights by giving them the option to OPT out of the standardized pilot PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.) associated with the Common Core.  This parent lead movement has also gained the support of the EAW (Educational Association of Worcester) teachers’ union in Worcester by voting “NO CONFIDENCE” in the implementation of PARCC.


Common Core is also committed to building massive student data bases by gathering over 400 data elements on each student, including religious affiliation, medical information, and family income – well beyond what is currently captured.  These databases are designed to track children from preschool through college.

               Picketers will gather at 8:30 am at the corner of Skyline Drive and Belmont Street in Worcester prior to Secretary Duncan’s visit to Worcester Technical School.  Worcester Technical High School is located at 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester.

January 9 Worcester Tea Party Meeting

January 9 Worcester Tea Party Meeting

Please attend our our January 9th meeting to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to be part of the solution to the issues facing our nation.   Come also to enjoy the company of like minded people and the great food at The Canal.


7:00 PM, Thursday, January 9th
65 Water St

On the agenda:

  •  James Boudreau is a career entrepreneur, consultant and small business owner, and  author of the recently released book,  “Exporting Prosperity: Why The U.S. Economy May Never Recover”.  “The United States has spent a good portion of the past 20 years in or on the brink of economic recession. The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at almost zero and the Federal Government has spent trillions on so-called “stimulus”, yet the standard of living for the average American continues to decline. Jobs are few and farbetween, age discrimination is rife and layoffs abound, yet politicians continue to “distract and deflect” everyone’s focus towards other issues and “kick the can down the road”. Exporting Prosperity explores the statistics that actually drive many aspects of the economy, in sharp contrast to the “feel-good” numbers reported each day.”
  •   Nathan Fatal is a familiar face to many Tea Party members in the Worcester area.  Nathan introduced Gov. Gary Johnson at our 2012 Tax Day Rally.  He is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a degree in Political Science.  He is also founder of the New England Objectivist Society. Nathan will talk to us about how we can attract more young people to our cause.
Our meetings are free and open to the public.
By expanding our knowledge and strengthening the bonds amongst the members of the Worcester Tea Party we will achieve our goals of “securing the benefits of liberty to our selves and our prosperity.”
The Brits share a bit of their humor with us

The Brits share a bit of their humor with us

Over 6o people who crammed into the grotto at The Canal on Monday,  November 4 were treated to some great speakers and a bit of British humor.   A film crew from a BBC production company filmed the meeting as part of a reality/entertainment program to be aired in the spring.  The stars of the show, Georgie and Poppy Carlton (as they’re know in the show) joined us for the meeting and Georgie delivered an odd speech about fox hunting and cricket.

Catherine White, who many of you may know from her Constitutional study group, spoke first.  She delivered a great message about the importance of our Constitution and then answered questions from the audience.  Among the questions asked was one from Poppy Carlton, one of our British guests.  “So, do you like President Obama?” she asked.  It was our first clue that we were in for a little humor for the evening.

Jim Wallace, Executive Director of the Gun Owners Action League, spoke on various gun rights issues and gave some facinating facts about gun laws, gun violence, and gun licensing.  Jim showed that he also had a sense of humor in explaining to us that Massachusetts is the only state to require a license for possession of a spice!

Georgie Carlton, the 24 year old heir to the Carlton Estate wrapped up the evening for us with his talk about the distress of losing the right to hunt foxes in England.  After a convoluted story about cricket (and the starting eleven on his team, which included Duffy Scrutton, Hugo Frogsworth, Sniffy Minting, Archie Froggat, and Porks Roberts, among others with interesting names), Georgie ended his speech with these words:

“So,to summarize, it’s not about winning.  It’s about how long you take, the friends you play with, and the tea you have afterwards.  And that’s why hunting is a lot like cricket.”  You would have had to have heard Georgie deliver it to appreciate the humor.

The Worcester Telegram printed a nice article about the meeting:

Worcester Tea Party Meeting-Monday, November 4

Worcester Tea Party Meeting-Monday, November 4


Worcester Tea Party Meeting

Monday, November 4 

7 p.m.

 George and Poppy Carlton are the youngest members of one of the oldest families in Great Britain.  They have grown up in a bubble of high society characterized by history, privilege and entitlement but have never experienced the world outside of

England and, in fact, rarely spend much time away from their family estate, which encompasses several hundred acres of the Norfolk countryside.


George and Poppy have agreed to allow a BBC film crew to follow them around the United States for a light-hearted observational documentary series, meeting and greeting Americans from every walk of life, learning about the history, culture & traditions of a country that is so similar, yet so different to the United Kingdom.


 On their first day in the U.S., George and Poppy will be coming to our monthly meeting, along with a BBC documentary film crew.

 Also on the agenda for Monday:

 Catherine White, founder of a monthly Constitutional Study Group and writer of a blog called U. S. Constitution Decoded


JimWallace-Executive Director of the Gun Owners Action League



 -George Carlton-One of our guests from England who will be profiled in the BBC documentary.


We will also have updates on our anti-NDAA efforts and on other are Tea Party efforts.


We’d like to have large crowd for the BBC filming!  Please be aware that if you attend the meeting, you may appear in the documentary.


The Canal is at 65 Water Street, Worcester. Please arrive early to enjoy some good food and drink from the restaurant prior to the meeting.


 For updates on our November meeting, check out our Facebook event page.

An Evening With Dennis Michael Lynch

An Evening With Dennis Michael Lynch

You are Cordially Invited

to a Very Special Event …

 An Evening with Dennis Michael Lynch

 Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Hudson Portuguese/Riverside Club

213 Port Street, Hudson, MA

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Program at 7:00 p.m. 

Dennis Michael Lynch has become a national hero to those who seek effective immigration reform, while opposing blanket amnesty for 11-20 million illegal aliens.  His documentary “They Come to America: The Cost of Amnesty” has gained nationwide attention. 

 Mr. Lynch’s inspiring message “Never Forget” is both educational and entertaining – it is not a re-run of his DVD – it addresses immigration reform, Obama Care, national security, job creation, and welfare.

  Registration: $11.54 ($15 at door) includes DML’s  TWO full-length DVDs They Come to America I & II

 Register at  Questions? – Contact John O’Mara