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  •  All this mandate talk is just silly (3+ / 0-)

    Even the most popular president with the biggest electoral margin is going to try to push through policies that a majority of voters won't like. Should they therefore abandon or reverse these policies? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on the policy and their belief in and committment to it. Sometimes you should do what the public wants, and sometimes you should do what you believe is right and deal with the blowback and fallout. That's what leaders do. That's what they're supposed to do.

    As Edmund Burke put it:

    Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiassed opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from Providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
    You know what, though? On this issue, and many others, Obama DOES have a mandate. But even if he didn't, he'd be in his rights to persue what he felt to be the right path on it. And if we disagreed with him (which many of us do on many issues), we would be within our rights to oppose him on it.

    It's how a democratic republic works, fools.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:53:30 PM PST

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