Is it really a mandate for President-Elect Trump?

So over the last few days I have seen more then a few people say that President-Elect Trump has earned a “mandate.” I have always that this was really just a way of saying that the people have given you the authority to do whatever you want to do. So before I dive down that road I thought I would look up the actually definition of mandate. 

From dictionary.com – 

– a command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative:The president had a clear mandate to end the war.

So looking at this definition I have to think that maybe he did win a mandate from the people. He was elected in a way that was surprising and took the nation and really the world by storm. In the end he (well with Michigan not being called yet) Trump ended up with 290 Electoral votes. 58 More electoral votes then Secretary Clinton. So that means that he is the winner. 

But is he really given a mandate? Clinton won the popular vote. So you can make an argument that the American people as a whole want Clinton to be President more then they want Trump. However, the electoral college is a pesky little thing that helps make all the states a little more fair. Otherwise I imagine that candidates would only campaign in New York and Los Angeles. 

I think that saying he has a mandate is really a false claim. I think he eked out a win. A fair win. But, a very narrow win to say in the grand scheme of things. 

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The Day After Yesterday

The Day After Yesterday

Nov 9, 2016

I didn’t sleep much last night. I tossed and turned and listened to CNN. Trying to process all that has happened in the last 12 hours. And although I know the country will survive and we will make it through. I can’t help to think of one group of people.  

Those young people that will walk into school today, put their hand over their heart, and recite the pledge of allegiance. With the new face of that symbol a man that has taught us… 
That you can call people names, and win. 
That you can lie, and win. 

That you can be a bully, and win. 

That you can be unprepared, and win. 

That you can treat women with disrespect, and win. 

That you can insult people that don’t look like you, and win. 
I hope that these are not the things that our children learn from this. I hope they learn that sometimes things don’t go your way, and that’s ok. I hope that they learn that maybe there is good in people who you don’t agree with. I hope that they learn that at the beginning of each day you just have to put your best foot forward and be the best person you can be.