A Lame Duck usually refers to a politician who is serving the end of their term and will not be serving another term. This may be because they didn't receive reelection or because they have reached the term limit for their position. Whatever the reason, not having to worry about reelection means that these politicians no longer have to be accountable for their actions. This gives them more freedom to do whatever they want. The date celebrates the passing of the 20th amendment to the US constitution, which moved the date of inauguration of a new president from March to January, reducing the amount of Lame Duck time for the previous president.
More about "Lame Ducks"
The phrase "Lame Duck" originates from the description of stock brokers who invested their money poorly. Their inability to pay back their debts extended a period of time that reflects the modern interpretation of a lame duck. "Lame Duck" currently refers to politicians that are not predicted to achieve or are not eligible for reelection. The end of their closing term is delegated to a sense of retirement and present change. These representatives are not motivated by future career strategies as they are removed from their position. Lame Duck Day signifies the time individuals are concerned with their own progress rather than the progression of a community due to time constraints and lessening resources.
Tips to Celebrate Lame Duck Day
Research past and present politicians highlighted as lame ducks. There have been a number of influential decisions made during lame duck counsels. Discovering who in office steered the direction of change or the establishment of government institutions elicits national pride. By noting officials in lame duck positions today, one is kept up-to-date with the current political climate.
Lame Duck Day can allow a population to join in discussion concerning political affairs beginning as well as ending. Looking at officials who are at the end of their term builds an opportunity to view those who may start theirs. This holiday is an incredible opportunity for national participation.
"You know, it's just one small step from legacy to lame duck." Bill Clinton