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65% of Americans Say the Nation is on the Wrong Track

Written by Gary North on October 21, 2014

A Wall Street Journal poll reveals that only 25% of Americans think the nation is on the right track — the lowest since 2008. Two-thirds say we are on the wrong track.

As always, the economy is the main concern. But we are five years into a recovery. That is what we are told. So, where is the optimism?

Foreign policy? Drift. Immigration? Drift. Economy? Stagnant wages. Congress? Gridlock. Federal deficit? It is still reported at $500 billion a year, five years into the recovery. This is hailed by Keynesians as a major victory.

Then there are ISIS and Ebola. What happened to safety? Where is there a sign of leadership?

The public schools always get worse. No one expects differently any longer. It’s only a matter of how bad they will get in your ZIP code, and how soon. Yet here is America’s only tax-funded church, with its own self-screening priesthood: the American Federation of Teachers.

What does the state do that is seen as a clear benefit, with better to come? This is the key phrase: “with better to come.” Nothing, i.e., not one thing.

People must have optimism regarding the future if they are to be successful in their plans. Hope is important. Any program that does not offer hope is doomed to failure.

No American politician can campaign successfully on hope any longer. Obama has ruined that as a campaign slogan. It generates this response — the familiar American response: “O, yeah?”

The voters do not know what they want, not that they would get it, even if they did. They are allowed only this option: “Throw the bums out!” With what effect? To be replaced by next election’s brand-new bums.

This is not new. This is political business as usual.

Politics is all about deceiving a majority of voters about the next false hope. Once in a while, the voters figure this out. This year is such a year. It will be bad for Democrats. But nothing will change.

Where is there optimism? Wherever the state is being replaced. Homeschooling. Telecommunications. Social media. Gadgets. Here, prices are falling and quality of service is rising. Here, there is validated hope. Here, there is change for the better.

But the public still trusts the state. It is trust by default. The Progressives’ dream of better living through legislation — salvation by law — is still the central faith of the voters, but it is has not delivered a significant political victory in a generation, as far as the voters are concerned. Johnson was thrown out. Nixon was thrown out. They were the last Presidents who really believed in political salvation. They were consumed with politics, and they were consumed by politics. Their successors in the White House have been caretakers for the fading faith. The flame is dying. Nothing has replaced it.

Politically, there is no near-term hope. There is no meaningful near-term change.

There used to be long-term political hope. Where did it get us? Here.

We are always told this: “If our guys don’t win the upcoming election, it’s all over.” Does anyone still believe this? It will not be all over, win or lose. It will be political business as usual, just as it has been since 1933. We are on the back side of the New Deal, or the Big Three Roosevelts. It will be Ken Burns without the golden rhetoric. It will be the triumph of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who had this pillow on her couch: “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.”

Ponzi schemes always go bust. We are on the back side of two Ponzi schemes, domestic and international. The public senses this, but does not know what do do. The voters will throw a few of the bums out next month, but this will not change the economics of the Ponzi schemes.

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8 thoughts on “65% of Americans Say the Nation is on the Wrong Track

  1. The true amount of Americans that do not have jobs in this "robust economy" is closer to 100 million people. The way that the government counts people that are unemployed, under employed and don;t have a job is skewered in the government's favor. In other other words the Obama administration is flat out lying to the public and cooking the the books and numbers in order to deceive the American uninformed voters.

  2. We are at the crossroads of political greed and voter ignorance. That is not a good place to be. The left and the right of varying degrees balance each other out in any given election. It is the five to seven percent left over, mostly looking to feather their own nest and having no understanding of the issues nor care about the results, who decide the winner. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  3. 93 million people did not bother to vote in 2012. I hope these people will realize that this (and some election fraud) put Obama into a second term. If 65 % of these 93 million who believe that the country is going in the wrong direction went out and voted against those Democrats, RINOs and enablers who let Obama run with his ugly agenda, we could take back our country to the country we grew up in. We don't have any more chances, it's now or never….

  4. Trivia game: After he bashed Bush for a dozen things and promised to change them in his 2009 inaugural speech, how many did he actually change? Are you better off now than you were in January 2009?

    “On this day we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”
    Another excerpt:
    That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
    These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less is measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.”
    “For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.
    What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – and that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then we can restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”


  6. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

  7. The Bureaucracy: "Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change." The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon —

  8. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    No chitt! A drunk chimp knows that! The only ones who don't are marxist azzholesd!