Majority of participants rule
By C.B. Forgotston - Oct 25, 2007
We often hear that in a democracy, a majority rules. It should be more properly stated that in a democracy, a majority of those who choose to participate rule.
Assuming that the current population of our state is 4.3 million (adjusted by 200,000 to allow for the impact of the flooding of New Orleans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers),† then approximately 30 percent of the people in LA participated in the democratic process. Thus, in the case of our next governor, 16.5% of the population of LA voted to make Bobby Jindal our next governor.
The media and pundits refer to Jindalís win as a "mandate."† It was not a "mandate" if one believes in democracy as a form of government.† Even if it was, what was the mandate?
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