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America- Going Down The Tubes?

May 21st, 2007 | by Ken Grandlund |

That seems to be the general feeling, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. Only 25% of those surveyed believe that the US is moving in the right direction. Strangely enough, an earlier AP-Ipsos poll finds President Bush’s approval ratings to be around 35%. Might it be fair to assume that the 25% and the 35% numbers represent an overlap? And to be fair, approval rating for Congress aren’t exactly watermarks to brag about either.

The poll reveals that this “malaise” is not only widespread, but crosses most ideological, racial, and gender lines. Hmmmm. Seems to me that good leadership choices could have prevented our current poor standing.

>- San Diego Union-Tribune

“Those who think the U.S. is heading in the right direction tend to be white male Republicans in strong financial situations who say they sense a solid economy and are satisfied with the country’s leadership. “

So what seems to be the big problem? Across the board, it’s Iraq, Iraq, and Iraq, followed closely with a perception that the president is a complete idiot and failure. Beyond that, record high fuel and energy prices, a stagnating economy coupled with record debt, an overall lack of honest public servants, and a loss of American prestige abroad seem to have created the perfect storm of discontent.

Unfortunately, the solution to the malaise isn’t going to appear. In Washington and in state capitols across the land, it is business as usual. And only the smallest numbers of people are actually doing something about their anger. By the time the “great sleeping public” awakens to the fact that their government isn’t representative to anything except their big money donors it may well be too late to do anything about our overall decline.

And just as all other world powers eventually declined, America will as well. The big question is whether our decline will be a gradual maturity of statehood or an implosion created by a bunch of drunken frat boys on an 8 year binge.

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  1. 6 Responses to “America- Going Down The Tubes?”

  2. By SteveIL on May 21, 2007 | Reply

    And to be fair, approval rating for Congress aren’t exactly watermarks to brag about either.

    Approval ratings for Congress in that poll was also 35% (Pelosi had a 45% approval/42% disapproval rating in that poll).

    The linked article doesn’t mention the part about Congress (go figure). And despite Pelosi’s ratings, Congress hasn’t done anything useful, like enacting useful legislation to be signed by the President. And while AG Gonzales is an incompetent, the amount of time by Congress to try to get him on some kind of charges to get him impeached or compel Bush to fire him (which, I believe, is a mistake by Bush; Gonzales has to go), and now the time to come up with a questionable comprehensive immigration bill, Congress still hasn’t come up with the funding for the troops in the field, preferring to argue incessantly over things Bush rightly is not going to sign to (timelines and earmarks).

    It isn’t a malaise, however. That would be a triumph of the false doctrine of “liberalism”. We are seeing “liberalism” in all of its glory, much like when Carter was President. This is an approach to ensure failure in the country; doing nothing while making a big show out of looking like they are doing something. Carter was a master of this, as was Clinton. Time to end “liberalism”.

  3. By ken grandlund on May 21, 2007 | Reply

    Hey SteveIL- We already know you’re among the 25% who think things are just dandy…too much Kool-Aid for you my friend.

    Frankly, you and your ilk are just too damned scared to admit that not only were you duped by a faux conservative, but by an incompetant as well. And you’re afraid that his incompetance will rub off on you.

    Either that, or you’re so twistedly un-American yourselves, ensconced with visions of torture and “Crusade” for a rapidly decaying ideology that you won’t see what the majority of people see.

    America’s decline has nothing to do with “liberalism” so much as with people like you sir who insist that all is fine, please go shopping.

  4. By SteveIL on May 21, 2007 | Reply

    Ken,

    I get that Bush is a faux conservative, or compassionate conservative, or whatever the hell else he wants to call himself. He has too many liberal tendencies, but between him and McCain, which was better (in 2000, that is)?

    But I get what a real liberal will do; I have such a creature wrecking the state of Illinois living (part-time) in the governor’s mansion.

    Actually, I didn’t take part in that poll, and I don’t think all is fine. I don’t think Bush is doing a good job at all. However, I think Pelosi and the 110th Congress are pathetic. Even the previous “do just enough” 3 Congresses did more than in any 4-month period than this batch of congressional “leaders”. Why? “Liberalism”. The bane of freedom.

  5. By ken grandlund on May 21, 2007 | Reply

    SteveIL- I know you don’t defend the total neo-con agenda, but you defend them a hell of a lot of the time. And frankly, I don’t think we’ve seen any “real liberals” for some time either. Frankly, both parties are full of asshats who care about power and not much else. There are a few on both sides who don’t fit that mold completely, but they are the exception and that’s not how it should be at all.

    Neither liberalism nor conservatism encompass what the founders thought when they created our country, and freedom itself, though meaning different things to different people, takes on a special meaning when applied to a society as a whole. It does not mean that you can do anything you want at any time without restrictions of some kind. But that is clearly another topic altogether.

    You say that past congresses have done more in their first few months than this one- that may be. But “doing” doesn’t always correlate to “doing right” and passing bills that favor the moneyed classes over the majority or handing the president a blank check whenever he cries for it are not hallmarks of stellar public policy stewardship. So while this new congress hasn’t passed much legislation, they’ve done a hell of a job exposing the empty shell that is Bush and Company, and frankly, that’s what I voted them into office to do.

    If that is what it takes to show Americans how bereft their goverenment has become, then so be it. Maybe the exposure will engage more people to actually vote for candidates who are more than just a money panderer and favor granter.

  6. By Jersey McJones on May 21, 2007 | Reply

    ““Liberalism”. The bane of freedom.”

    Hmmm…

    Science, the bane of technology.

    Tonality, the bane of music.

    Medicine, the bane of good health.

    Literacy, the bane of writing.

    University, the bane of academia.

    Wit, the bane of comedy.

    Fossil feuls, the bane of the internal combustion engine.

    Plate tectontics, the bane of earthquakes.

    Opinion, the bane of editorials.

    Water, the bane of fish.

    Air, the bane of lungs.

    Monty Python, the bane of popularizing British comedy in America.

    Rip Taylor, the bane of homosexuality.

    (Well, that last one may be true…)

    JMJ

  7. By JT Davis on May 22, 2007 | Reply

    Ill SteveIl and the “incompetence dodge” combined with the “they aren’t real conservatives” excuse.

    Never take responsibility. It’s all the liberals and Democrats fault, even though thay haven’t controlled the Congress since 1994 or the SCOTUS and the WH since 2001.

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