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All they have to do is occupy positions and you are satisfied. That really explains a lot about you...and a lot about the Republican party.

While I would hardly want to defend the Administration's record, this is pretty unfair. Under a democracy, the "test" for whether a policy should be pursued is whether it ultimately garners the support of the people.

Government involves policy choices, and very often it involves making decisions where there isn't a "right" or "best" answer. You disagree with the Administration's policy decisions, and no doubt there are a lot of folks who share your opinion. But there are lots of folks who disagree with you, both in terms of your characterization of the situation and whether it is beneficial or not.

The political process is how we evaluate those competing visions of the Good. Winning elections is not just about occupying positions - they constitute referenda about the underlying policy choices being made by competing candidates.

By and large, we ground the legitimacy of government decision-making based on the fact that such decisions are ratified by the governed, measured by popular vote. There are numerous exceptions, of course - but that's the general principle underlying democracy.

Winning elections is more than occupying positions, and should certainly be considered a measure of how successfully a party or coalition is representing the wishes of its constituency. It's not the only measure, but it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.

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