To the victor belong the spoils.
- New York Senator William L. Marcy
To the vanquished goes the suffering.
In the USA, the granting of offices and favours among the supporters of a party in office. The spoils system, a type of patronage, was used by President Jackson in the 1830s in particular, and by Republican administrations after the Civil War. The practice remained common in the 20th century in US local government.
The term is derived from a speech after an election victory by Democratic Senator William Marcy: ‘To the victor belong the spoils of the enemy.’
Comment to Paul Willcocks story:
Disaster capitalism at its core. The purposeful collusion of parties to construct as much public disorder as possible in order to ram through the biggest gutting of a society, aka OUR province, as demonically possible.
"how do you assess a premier who defines climate change as an enormous threat to mankind, then loses interest within 24 months?"
A fake, opportunist, political hack, flaky, self-interested, well-managed? I could go on...
BC Liberals Suck
P.S. You can’t lose something you never had.
Taking their cue from a Kiwi, the Liberals have embarked on a tidal wave of change so mighty that opponents won't be able to keep their heads above water
Paul Willcocks, Vancouver Sun. Wed Jun 20 2001.
Mr. Douglas' book Unfinished Business, popular in Liberal circles.
The real insight into the Liberals' tactics comes in Chapter 10, which offers a battle plan for small-government reformers. Douglas outlines 10 principles for successfully pushing through radical change in a way that overwhelms opponents.
[Ed. Ummmm, would that be US, the CITIZENS of BC?]
"first principle is that for quality policies, you need quality people...
His third is just as dramatic: ``Speed is essential,'' he writes. ``It is almost impossible to go too fast.''
Incremental reforms, especially unpopular ones, leave groups within society feeling unfairly treated. If everyone is being affected at once, at least they can't complain of being singled out.
Rapid changes also allow governments to link both the positive and negative aspects of reform.
``Do not try to advance a step at a time,'' Mr. Douglas writes. ``Define your objectives clearly and move towards them in quantum leaps. Otherwise the interest groups will have time to mobilize and drag you down.''
``One you build the momentum, don't let it stop rolling,'' Douglas counsels.