Among the many similar behaviors the two major parties share is this predictable chant of "MANDATE!" whenever they win an election. The point appears to be, "we won, so we have a mandate to shove every last bit of our agenda right down your throat whether you like it or not. Because we won". Okay. And we all know how that ends up. They end up on the wrong end of a wave election and we go in the opposite direction for a while. Back and forth, back and forth, we just never learn. In 2016, Donald Trump received 62,979,636 votes, or 46.1% of the votes. Now, I'm not complaining about that, nor is this a conversation about the Constitution or electoral votes. But I do wonder how he and his supporters interpret 46.1% of the popular vote as a mandate to pull the country in their direction. Here is my guess, please let me know if I'm wrong: You know what's best for the country, and once you've had a chance to put your agenda in place, the majority of the country will open its eyes and see that you were right all along. Is that fair? Thoughts? (And by the way, this applies to both parties) .