Proof that Politicians Say the Same Things ALL THE TIME

  • 04/12/2016 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Tim Young


The more you pay attention to politicians, the more you realize like a broken record… they say the same things all the time.
 
Sometimes, as in the case of Marco Rubio in his worst debate performance ever, it’s a mini-stump speech which you can agonizingly re-watch here: 






But how much do politicos actually use the same words?
 
In honor of Freedom Day which was co-founded by Frayda Levy and celebrates the meaning of freedom and its relevance in modern society, Quorum, a data analytic startup in Washington, DC analyzed just how much certain words were used by politicians and by whom they were used. 
 
Quorum analyzed every press release, floor statement, tweet, and Facebook post from all 535 members of the 114th Congress looking for the use of the following words:
 
Freedom
Liberty
Justice
Equality
Constitution
Bill of Rights
Civil Rights
Fairness
Capitalism
Socialism 

Here’s how the top 5 ranked:
 
Justice - 12,919 mentions
Fairness - 12,460 mentions
Freedom - 12,059 mentions
Equality - 10,410 mentions
Constitution - 10,297 mentions 

Quorum noted that there is a trend between keyword usage and members’ committee assignments. For instance, “justice” is the most mentioned word, and of the top five, three senators serve on the Senate Committee of the Judiciary.  I have also noted that people mention things they are against almost as much as people who love those things.  Take “socialism,” which you probably already guessed was mentioned by Bernie the most.  As you’ll see below, the top 5 members who used it included Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio
 
 
Top 5 Members Mentioning Justice - 1​2,919 mentions 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) - 256 mentions
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) - 241 mentions
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) - 240 mentions
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) - 227 mentions
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) - 184 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Fairness - 12,460 
 
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) - 119 mentions
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) - 111 mentions
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN5) - 107 mentions
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) - 99 mentions
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - 96 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Freedom - 12,059
 
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27) - 166 mentions
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) - 126 mentions
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) - 123 mentions
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) - 110 mentions
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC9) - 106 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Equality - 10,410 mentions 

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD5) - 169 mentions
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY13) - 124 mentions
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - 122 mentions
Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA17) - 118 mentions
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) - 113 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Constitution - 10,297 mentions 

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - 124 mentions
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) - 114 mentions
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) - 90 mentions
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) - 89 mentions
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX1) - 81 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Socialism - 8,989 mentions 
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - 137 mentions
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) - 131 mentions
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI1) - 108 mentions
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) - 93 mentions
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX3) - 90 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Capitalism - 4,718 mentions 

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY20) - 101 mentions
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) - 100 mentions
Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC) - 96 mentions
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX2) - 68 mentions
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) - 52 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Liberty - 4,340 mentions 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) - 95 mentions
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - 61 mentions
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6) - 53 mentions
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9) - 49 mentions
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) - 45 mentions 

Top 5 Members Mentioning Civil Rights - 3,450 mentions 

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN9) - 66 mentions
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) - 60 mentions
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD5) - 59 mentions
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL7) - 58 mentions
Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC) - 57 mentions
 
Top 5 Members Mentioning Bill of Rights - 819 mentions

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL6) - 20 mentions
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) - 19 mentions
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - 18 mentions
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) - 14 mentions
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) - 11 mentions 
 
For more information on Freedom Day, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 13, go to http://constitutioncenter.org/debate/freedom-day/

Tim Young is a pundit, comedian, and writer. Follow him on Twitter at @TimRunsHisMouth
 
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