Your view: Democrats have slipped into irrelevancy



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    The 2016 presidential election is over.

    Currently, there is much debate about whether President Donald Trump has a mandate. Americans can argue if Trump has a mandate, but there is no doubt at all that the Republican Party has a mandate.

    The 2016 elections gave Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. In the U.S. House, the GOP currently has a majority of nearly 50 seats over the Democrats.

    With Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, the Republicans now control the White House.

    At the state level Republicans are dominant all across the country.

    Since 2010, the Republican Party has picked up 68 U.S. House seats and 12 U.S. Senate seats. During this same period, the Republicans have also gained over 900 seats in the state legislatures.

    Numbers don’t lie. All the success at the ballot box has earned the GOP a mandate.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump have no obligation whatsoever to compromise with the Democrats.

    At this particular time, the Democratic Party is not really that relevant.

    William Speare

    Scranton

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