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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Political Mandate in 2015? ... The Five Minute Response


Last night, after the State of the Union address 2015, the Republicans, through Joni Ernst, made the assertion they have a "mandate" from the people. 

Let's look back at the 2014 election shall we? A grand total of 36.4 percent of the eligible voters turned out. That is the lowest percentage in 70 years. Read the following for details: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/2014-midterm-election-turnout-lowest-in-70-years/ 

We spent 3.7 billion dollars to get that result. Talk about your incompetent expenditure. Sure, we spend a lot more on other things each year. True! We also get better bang for the buck in every case. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/11/06/the-2014-election-cost-3-7-billion-we-spend-twice-that-much-on-halloween/ 

After that hot mess, for any politician to claim they have a "mandate" from the people is laughable, it is ridiculous, it is crap. The most applicable definition of mandate would be:
  1. the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election.
When a small fraction of the electorate votes, you don't have a mandate "by the electorate" at all and you are hardly "victorious." Let's stop that nonsense now. Let's work on cooperation instead. How about that???

And that's the five minute response.

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