Feb 08 2010
Major Update Below
2nd Major Update: All previous major updates are still below at the end, but this Rasmussen poll has to be at the top:
Voters are madder than ever at the current policies of the federal government.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 75% of likely voters now say they are at least somewhat angry at the governmentâ€™s current policies, up four points fromÂ late November and up nine points sinceÂ September. The overall figures include 45% who are Very Angry, also a nine-point increase since September.
80% disapprove, 75% are angry, and 45% are really angry?? Heaven help incumbents this year – especially Democrat ones - end update
For those Democrats who think racing over the far left cliff of political extremism is going to win them any respect, votes or long lasting change (the next Congress will undo everything this Congress passes without any hesitation or risk) Â I suggest they look at the following signs of a November political train wreck at Gallup:
The fact is over 80% of this nation now disapproves of where DC is going, nearly 90% of independents join nearly 90% of republicans in this view. I know the Dems are are starting to finally Â lose the far left liberals, but they are also hardening the rejection in the center making it almost inevitable they will lose control of the House and making it very possible they could lose the Senate as well. To do so would be a historic loss, but so far President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid seemed hell bent on calling The People’s Bluff.
They want to see if America really will reject far left policies once again, as we have since this country was founded. Being blind to the past, these far left zealots forget that socialist tendencies are alive in societies built upon the foundations of royalty (and thus the desire by the middle and lower classesÂ to look to the Lordly class for their needs ). America – along with Canada and Australia – were built upon the frontier independence of the individual and local communities. We offshoots of Britannia do not look to ‘The Lords” for anything but the potential for restrictions, graft and slavery.
This is why we America and our cousin nations are the world’s most successful societies and why America is a melting pot culture – we admire and respect the individual and have deep distrust of government bureaucracies. Our culture is one of multi-cultural individualism.
When liberals prove our deep seated cultural concerns to be spot on by going rogue and running rough shod over our wishes from DC it will not lead to their political success. In a democracy like ours, it leads to political oblivion. If we cannot trust you with the reigns of power, you will not get them back again – evah!
Congress is now about as popular as it was when the country threw out the GOP for running too far right. The people trusted the Democrats to moderate and they failed to do so. They also failed to fix the nation’s problems with tried and true things like across the board tax cuts and lowered spending, so our vaunted economic engine could fire up again. When you divert the energy from the economy and shove it down a bloated and bureaucratic black hole, it is not surprising the economy is slow to revive. Everyone right of liberalism knows this to be true – and that runs from John F Kennedy to Ronald Reagan to George W Bush to Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).
Liberals keep talking about passing legislation and then dying on their sword, as if what they pass will be cast in stone. So naive. So misguided. Such a waste of precious time.
What better reason to clean house(s) this November.
The dates above with Congressional lows are very important. They signal years or cycles when the party in power were swept out of office in huge numbers. It seems we are already heading into another one of those cycles, and the liberals in DC are daring us to “bring it on!”. So be it.
Update: and anyone still in denial that the Democrat Party has been highjacked by far left socialists need to pay more attention:
It is clear we are seeing the last putsche of the liberal/socialists, and they plan to go out in a flame of disapproval (instead of glory).
Major Update: Jay Cost over at RCP has to be one of the preeminent minds on politics and US government out there. He has a piece out today which drives to the core of what is wrong with President Obama’s governance and why he and the Dems are failing so badly. It is an important tutorial on government and politics which is a must read by everyone.
First some US Government:
Let’s acknowledge that governing the United States of America is an extremely difficult task. Intentionally so. When designing our system, the Founders were faced with a dilemma. How to empower a vigorous government without endangering liberty or true republicanism?
The solution the country ultimately settled on had five important features: checks and balances so that the branches would police one another; a large republic so that majority sentiment was fleeting and not intensely felt; a Senate where the states would be equal; enumerated congressional powers to limit the scope of governmental authority; and the Bill of Rights to offer extra protection against the government.
You cannot fight the essence of our government’s architecture. Power is distributed in ways which dictate how success can be achieved. And now some clear headed political observations:
It’s not accurate to blame this on the Republicans. From Arlen Specter’s defection to Scott Brown’s swearing in, Democrats had total control over the policy-making process. The only recourse the Republicans had was the First Amendment. They used it well, but don’t let it be said that the President lacked access to it. Given Mr. Obama’s bully pulpit and his omnipresence on the national stage, his voice has been louder than anybody’s. If Mr. Obama has lost the public debate to the beleaguered rump that is the congressional GOP, he has nobody to blame but himself.
It’s not accurate to blame this on “spineless Democrats,” i.e. rank-and-file legislators who balked at the various solutions offered by Mr. Obama. Moderate Democrats might have defected because they were worried about their jobs – but the point of popular elections is to link the personal interests of legislators with the interests of their constituents. It often fails to work – but in a situation where “spineless Democrats” clearly voted with their districts, it seems to have been working pretty well. One might argue that they should have shown some leadership – voted for unpopular bills because they were good for the country. But ask those thirty to forty House Democratic defectors on the health care, cap-and-trade, and jobs bills whether they thought the bills were good for the country, and you’ll hear a different answer than the oneÂ Newsweek is quick to give.
It’s not accurate to blame this on the people. This country is most certainly divided, but not deeply so. Consider, for instance, the enormous goodwill that greeted Mr. Obama upon his inauguration. It is not tenable to suggest that there was no way to turn that into a broad consensus for policy solutions.
Yet, this is exactly where the liberals place all the blame – everywhere else but themselves.
First, President Obama has installed Nancy Pelosi as de facto Prime Minister – giving her leave to dominate not only the House, but also the entire domestic policy agenda. The indefatigable Speaker Pelosi has taken advantage of the President’s laissez-faire attitude by governing from the left.
The President’s second major failing has been his stubborn insistence on comprehensive reforms. Perhaps this is due to his inexperience in the federal lawmaking process, or his extraordinary vanity, or both. Still, this has been a grave mistake. If the truly great Henry Clay could not pass the Compromise of 1850 through the Congress in a single package, what made Barack Obama think he could sign comprehensive energy and health care reforms?
Clearly one of the most cogent articles I have read in years, and it clearly identifies the failures of this President – in all likelihood due to his severe lack of DC and Executive experience.