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68% of Americans Are Angry at the Direction They Are Headed

Written by Gary North on October 28, 2014

This caught my attention:

The CNN/ORC poll shows that 30% of Americans are “very angry” and 38% are “somewhat angry” about the way things are going in the country, while 31% expressed “no anger” at all. CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes the 31% of “very angry” Americans matches the mood of the country in 2010 when Republicans took back control of the House.

First, what is ORC? The article never says. We are told that this statistic matters, but we don’t know who ORC is. When I read ORC, I think Mork and Mindy.

Second, why did they take this survey less than two weeks before Congressional elections? Why didn’t they take it six months ago?

Third, is this different from surveys taken in the past in the off-year Congressional election of a lame-duck President’s term? Is a majority ever happy at this stage?

We have had three two-term Presidents in a row, from rival parties: Clinton, Bush, and Obama. This has never happened before. We have never before had even two back-to-back Presidents from rival parties before.

What this tells us is that over two-thirds of Americans (1) don’t like the way the country is headed, and (2) they think politics will fix things. “If the good guys can just win next month!” But no one can agree on who the good guys are.

The political system keeps re-electing the same Presidents, but not from the same parties.

The political system keeps re-electing Congressmen from the same gerrymandered districts, meaning most of them.

The results of the political system keeps persuading the vast majority of voters that the country is not headed in the right direction.

Yet we live in a democracy.

If you kept buying a product that disappointed you, year after year, and which had disappointed your parents, I would want to be the owner of the company that keeps you coming back for more. “I hate it! I hate it!  I’ll buy it!” That’s the company which America’s politicians do, in fact, own. It is a closely held corporation offering limited liability for the owners.

When was the last time an election fundamentally changed the direction of the country? I think I can plausibly argue for 1860.  I also think 1916 did, maybe. It led to World War I. Wilson won by promising not to take the country into war, which he did a month after his inauguration. His opponent might not have done this. Do you recall his opponent’s name? He was the last presidential candidate to wear a beard. Losers are forgotten fast. But in 1916, we had the Federal Reserve System and the federal income tax. The revolution was.

As for off-year Congressional elections, can you name any that fundamentally changed the country’s direction?

My conclusion: politics is not working as promised.

The definition of a crazy person is someone who keeps doing the same thing that consistently produces results that he does not like.

How crazy are we?

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8 thoughts on “68% of Americans Are Angry at the Direction They Are Headed

  1. Yeah, let's see if that 68% can translate that anger into votes!

  2. The only way they'd change anything or "send a message" is if all 68% voted Libertarian.

    Voting R or D doesn't change anything, because the moneyed special interests have already bought off your "representative" or senator long before you've cast your vote. These politicians don't represent you or your interests.

    That's where we are.

  3. SNOWBIRD1001 says:

    I THINK THAT WE MUST GET A HOLD OF VOTER FRAUD……AND DONT GIVE THIS NONSENSE ABOUT ID…..AS IT IS REQUIRED FOR PRACTICALLY EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS TRANSACTION FROM DOCTORS HOSPITALS BANKS FOOD STAMPS…….AND THE TIME HAS COME TO FORCE THESE LIBERAL JUDGES TO OBEY THE L;AWS OF THIS COUNTRY AND TO STOP GETING BOUGHT BY TOO MANY PEOPL;E IN POWER AR IT IS TIME TO START IMPEACHING THESE JUDGES

  4. Random Dude says:

    You, my friend, fail to see the message of this article. If you think ID rules for voting are going to change anything, you are naive.

  5. Once again, I will repeat. The Republicans and the Democrats of all the various stripes balance each other out in an election. Barring an extremely energized base on one side, elections are decided by the five to seven percent of the least informed voters. That is why we got Obama and why Hillary actually stands a chance. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  6. November 4 th is election day. From what I have seen of man-in-the-street interviews, the majority of the people in the voting booths will be a product of mass media propaganda, peer pressure, and a government education monopoly. The average voter, I’m convinced, has no concept of liberty, the Constitution, the free market, or personal responsibility. Moreover, the voter has no clue that they – not politicians – are the nation’s leaders; and, for that reason, politics may be the nation's nemesis rather than its salvation.

  7. Importantly … vote for AmericaIdea, the 2016 Dream Candidate.

  8. Dont read too much hope in this number. While some of them are fed up with the immorality of the left’s extravagent vote buying to feed their voting constituencies, many of them are frustrated that the left has been able to gull a lot of naive voters but unable to screw us more. It is almost funny; they have captured the 1% (who knows who their money will buy), the Takers (celebrating their free scraps which enable them not to have to work), the Naive (we have to take care of everybody using the Magic Fairy Dust) and the Entitled (who have a lock on the plum jobs due to race or gender preference that trump their less employable status). Yet they havent fooled everybody. All together they represent a Democrat majority, but in the long run this level of repression can only have a violent end.