While the mainstream media is wildly dancing their hooplah jig over the re-election of President Obama, there is a nation of people out there who see an America that is increasingly bleak. The worst recovery from a recession in modern times is leading to widespread pessimism and a demoralized public. A Gallup poll captures this pervasive dire view of a country whose best days are behind it:
U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term at a time when Americans are as negative about the state of the country and its prospects going forward as they have been in more than three decades. Fewer than four in 10 Americans (39%) rate the current status of the U.S. at the positive end of a zero to 10 scale. This is about the same as in 2010, but it is fewer than have said so at any point since 1979.
It should be highlighted that just 39% of independents have a positive view of the country, the same as the mean score for the survey.
These polling numbers show a majority of Americans differ wildly in their viewpoints from those of the ecstatic talking heads inside the beltway. Politicians and journalists may be feeling a rush due to the prospect of their control freak urges being satisfied, but the country is simply losing opportunities for people to achieve the American dream of steady, upward mobility through hard work and perseverance.
William Bigelow of Breitbart provides some more context for the Gallup poll:
When they were asked whether the United States stood five years ago, 55% said things were better, indicating their belief that the more they have seen of Barack Obama, the worse they have felt. But even that figure is revealing in other ways; the 55% number is the most negative number since 1991.
In contrast, at the beginning of George W. Bush’s first term, in January 2001, a whopping 73% of those polled were positive about America.
Most tellingly, 75% of Democrats say that the country will be better off in five years, while only 15% of Republicans do.
The blind optimism of the average Democrat never ceases to amaze. After four years of wasted trillions and a stagnant unemployment rate, a collapsing labor force participation rate, skyrocketing numbers on food stamps, slowing productivity and even more burdens being lopped onto the shoulders of the middle class… and their children, it is unclear what it is that the left is basing their rosy view of things on besides “hope” and “change.” Any change, so long as it is compelled by the charismatic figure of Barack Obama.
The bottom line is that Americans shouldn’t be blaming Bush or Obama for the dismal state of the economy and its foreign adventurism abroad, as much as they should be discrediting progressivism. Until people realize that it is the state-dominated system that is broken, they will keep electing people whose views differ only slightly on the means to big government’s ends.