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NBC – America’s “fed up”. News flash – so am I

Yup, NBC is figuring out that things aren’t so great, especially in Obamaville:

To words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up.

Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll.

The frustration carries over to the nation’s political leaders, with President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating hitting a new low at 40 percent, and a mere 14 percent of the public giving Congress a thumbs up.

So there is no question that a majority of Americans (60/40) disapprove of the job the President is doing.  About time.  What is a question is what will be done about it.

My guess?  Not much.  I’m not talking about impeachment, I’m not talking about censure – neither are options for the American people as a whole.  I’m talking about the next presidential election – will it be another emotional beauty contest, or will the people actually take it seriously?  Given the last presidential election, which returned an incompetent and disconnected president to office, I have no real hope they will.

Looking at the Congressional numbers, I only say “what’s new”?  Their low numbers have persisted through a number of presidencies and yet the same people pretty much run the place.  And apparently it is heresy to actually want candidates who see the Constitution as the law of the land and essentially mandating a much smaller government with much less intrusion into the daily lives of Americans.

But, will the people of the US actually choose the heretics?  It appears they’d much rather stick with the status quo and bitch about it.  I expect nothing much to change in Congress except a few names and party affiliations and perhaps the majority in the Senate.  But work toward smaller, less intrusive and less costly government?  Address spending and the deficit?  You need to provide me with some of the drugs you’re taking if you think that will happen.

Nope … just as I believe the West hasn’t the backbone to do what is necessary to confront and eradicate radical Islam, I have no confidence that the American people want to do anything more about the current situation than bitch about it.

We’ve had a succession of wave elections that have put an exclamation point to the findings above. At each election, they’re pretty much the same as those above.  And what have they brought us?  More of the same.  I can’t imagine this will be any different.  Just a different branch of the same establishment group getting the blame.

So who will win in November?

Who cares?  If Mitch McConnell is Majority Leader, Harry Reid is Minority Leader and Barack Obama is President, what will really change?

~McQ

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31 Responses to NBC – America’s “fed up”. News flash – so am I

  • I’m considering calling Obama “President Wally”. More and more, he reminds me of Wally in the Dilbert comic strip – completely uncaring about results, intent on rigging the system so that he does no work and still gets what he wants. A slacker, completely uninterested in what his slacking does to anyone else.

  • We are fed up….. But for quite different reasons than NBC – who is part of the problem – would posit.
     
    I’m sure NBC can trace it to obstructionist racist redneck teabagger types

  • Its the bind.  American’s don’t like Democrat’s policies or effectiveness.  But the Republicans are successfully portrayed as unlikeable people (inept, rascist, religous zealots,etc.) and the Republicans do much to reinforce that image by being generally slimey. 

    The swing voters are all about voting in a likeable person.  So Hilary is probably the wrong person to exploit that.  The handlers know this, but why go forward?  A backroom deal being fulfilled?  Willing to sit this one out because its easier to install a radical Democrat after you vilify a sitting Republican?  Or is there a ‘secret weapon’ afoot?

  • America wants pragmatic leaders who are willing to compromise, by that I mean do things the way Obama wants!
    Obama is destined to be remembered as one of the GREAT Presidents!
    This poll is by one of those right wing media outlets!
     
    In case you’re wondering, I’m tuned to a mental station broadcasting from the Maine woods.

  • In other media related news – a study reveals dogs bark.
     
    NBC can expect a fair amount of barking as a result of this report.

  • But he’s destined to be known as a “great president”!!  The guy who teaches this stuff declared it so.
    I think he also inspired this: http://xkcd.com/1404/

  • The American people are deeply conservative. They would rather stick with the devil they know than place their faith in coffee house philosophers. They may be making a mistake but their reasons are conservative – prudence.

    • I disagree as to your conclusion.  People resist change…even when change is overarchingly better for them.  This is one reason people stay in an abusive relationship.  They are more afraid of change than being abused.
       
      Additionally, and very allied, people are stinking lazy, and often will not exercise themselves to learn reality and face it…or bother to vote.

      • “Conservatives are champions of custom, convention, and continuity because they prefer the devil they know to the devil they don’t know.”

        “A people’s historic continuity of experience, says the conservative, offers a guide to policy far better than the abstract designs of coffee-house philosophers.”

        “Burke agrees with Plato that in the statesman, prudence is chief among virtues.”

        These from Russell Kirk, a giant in the modern conservative pantheon.
        Perhaps I should have just linked to the whole thing, but that suggestion is usually ignored.

        http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/detail/ten-conservative-principles/

    • At some point, though, prudence says “it’s time to clean house and try something different”.  In a roundabout way I’m asking when that will become the definition of political prudence.  Despite the polls, bitching and gnashing of teeth, I don’t see the upcoming election as that sort of an election, nor do I see it in the near future.  What may change is all will be is the ossified mechanisms of government grinding to a halt or some cataclysmic occurrance elsewhere which will force it.

      • Part of the problem, to my mind, is that Conservatives are not prone to “kicking out the jams”.  I may have told this story before, but I addressed a group of very patriotic, conservative men one evening.  I asked, “Who would die for their nation?”  Pretty much every hand shot up, and not because of false bravado.  Many of these men had served or were serving in uniform.  I next asked, “Who would go to prison for their country?”  Hardly a hand was raised, and that only with some hesitation.  That told me a lot.

        • I am intrigued. What did it tell you? And why did you ask that question?

          • One thing it told me is many of us are less afraid of dying in a good cause than being stigmatized in a good cause.  A lot of men can deal well with the idea of leaving an honored memory of a fallen warrior who cannot deal well with serving years in prison with their families under a cloud.
             
            The reason I asked the question is that I have seen stuff coming for decades that I knew would one day make many of us play some very hard roles.

        • Few want to be known as traitors, and who can be blamed for that?

    • Along where Bruce is sorta headed – because you just know now that we’re in the 21st century we could NEVER have a Weimar Republic replay, right?
       
      I’m not sure what makes people think they’re immune from finding themselves in cities, and states, going where Detroit has gone.

      • Bruce and A,
         
        I can’t disagree. I was simply trying to point out that it is human nature, the raison d’etre of intellectual conservatism, to cling to what is comfortable and familiar. An abrupt change in direction by the voters is only occasioned by exigent circumstances. They discount the warnings of Cassandras. As much as we see potential disaster in the tea leaves we are a voice in the wilderness.
         
         
        I have witnessed only two such occasions in my lifetime – Eisenhower in 1952 and Reagan in 1980. For the great plurality of voters the adverse personal impact exceeded current conditions. Even the great depression and WWII, my parents’ milieu, did not trigger a major political realignment.
         
        I guess the conclusion is to keep up the good fight but gird yourself for the full 15 rounds.

        • My gun only holds ten rounds. Oh, wait, that’s not what you meant, is it?

          • Billy wins!

          • <Hans and Franz voiceover>
            10!  Are you a big girlee man?   Next time get your wife to loan you her weapon!
            Come to Hanz and Franz’s GrabaGun – we will pump your magazines UP!

        • Oh, that wasn’t aimed at you Roy, it was aimed at people who think that because we have Internet and Whole Foods and electric plug in cars and because there’s a 20 in front of the year now that they can’t ever possibly find themselves in a degraded environment that looks like downtown Benghazi on a smoky day.
           

          • America is too big to fail? 

            The original version where it wasn’t possible for them to fail no matter what happened, not the later usage with an implied “too big [to be allowed] to fail”

  • “The Obama administration’s management of previously appropriated high-speed rail funding has been as clumsy as its superintending of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout,” said Frank N. Wilner, a former chief of staff at the Surface Transportation Board, a bipartisan body with oversight of the nation’s railroads.
    I see a pattern forming …

  • Don’t worry, amnesty will solve everything