America at the Boiling Point
By Michael Kleen
There is a crisis of confidence in America, from the smallest municipality all the way to Washington DC. At bottom, this crisis means that trust between the American people and the institutions on which they rely has almost completely broken down. For too long, our elected officials, aided by a complacent media, have colluded with banks and special interest groups to line their pockets and pursue a social agenda totally alienated from mainstream America. The results have been disastrous not only for the welfare of this country, but for the public trust. Dissatisfaction is simmering in the Heartland, and if the situation continues to deteriorate, Republicans and Democrats will be stuck with two empty water hoses, arguing over who started the fire.
In nearly every measurable way, Americans are losing confidence in social, economic, and political institutions. While the price of gold has risen to record highs, confidence in the government, media, and the school system has reached record lows. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States has fallen to 11 percent, the lowest level since December 2008 and just four percentage points above the all-time low of 7 percent in October 2008. President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to its lowest level (42 percent) since he was elected. At the same time, Congress’ job approval rating has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded by Gallup (13 percent).
Posted on September 6, 2011, in Columns and tagged 2010 Midterm Elections, Anger, Crisis of Confidence, Democrats, Independents, Political Backlash, politics, Republicans, Voter Dissatisfaction. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.