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Afternoon shadows, Monument Valley

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Majority Rules


With the House Republican leadership poised to push the country into imminent default, possibly by this monday, I decided that I had better check my facts and figures and set my wayback machine to the 2012 national elections.

Well, what do you know, my brain did not deceive me, Democrat Barack Obama won the damn thing. By a whopping margin, 332 to 206 electoral votes. He won the popular vote as well, 65,915,796 to 60,933,500. My rudimentary math skills seem to show that victory as a 4,982,296 vote margin. Let's call it 5 million for the sake of brevity, shall we?

We should look at the House elections as well. Democrats received 1.4 million more votes than House Repubs and gained 8 seats. Democrats won 2 seats in the Senate yet swamped their opponents in the popular vote by an over 10 million vote margin, 49,998,693 to 39,130,984.

President Obama ran his campaign largely on the prospect of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. He won the election. He has a mandate, Republican obstructionism notwithstanding. The elephants, rather than accepting the people's decision in a mature fashion, are acting like petulant babies who didn't get their way and now want to take their ball and bat and go home, after first setting fire to the whole place. This is the worst kind of bad sportsmanship.

There are a lot of issues with which I disagree with this president. But in this instance, for the good of the country, the opposition needs to stop their childish sniveling and respect the will of the American people, who have plainly spoken. This dancing on the default precipice is gamesmanship of the worst order and will only further alienate the deluded GOP from the American public.

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