The Sad Truth About American Politics – We’re Stupid



Republican Party Favorability Sinks to Record Low

With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.

The Democratic Party also has a public image problem — although not on the same elephantine scale as that of the Republican Party — with 43% viewing the Democratic Party favorably, down four percentage points from last month.

You want to know who is really to blame for the dysfunction in Washington D.C.? Look in a mirror. It’s us.

We keep voting for gridlock then we complain about gridlock. We elect politicians who promise impossible things then get mad when they fail to deliver. We want big government and low taxes then act surprised at the huge deficits.

I am not feeling optimistic about the future.

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58 Responses to The Sad Truth About American Politics – We’re Stupid

  1. The Klown says:

    I’m going back to bed.

  2. votermom says:

    I’m not stupid. My mother had me tested.

  3. jeffhas says:

    So basically, this is more evidence that the definitive majority likes the freebies and handouts and definitely hates the party telling them the party’s over.

    Great, now I can’t keep going around pretending the election was rigged or fixed, I hate having to face facts.

    … on the bright side, I’m a minority! (yahoo!).

    I wanna go back to bed too.

  4. I hate this whole thing. Had a beautiful summer and now due to the asshats I am sitting in Yellowstone National Park “on hold” – no work, no pay. While the high muckety mucks negotiate with the NPS over whether we can shut down for the season. All the hotels and restaurants ARE closed as there are no guests coming in- but we can not leave as if the government reopens we have to reopen as well.
    My contract runs to Nov 5th. Please God we get early release from here as I do not see this being resolved anytime soon. And even if we did reopen- it would be only the one unit down here at Old Faithful- and for God’s sake- how much business could we anticipate? Would it even begin to recoup what they are losing feeding us all for free? This is the last location with people on hold- all the others have already gotten permission from NPS to close for the season.

  5. Oh- and we are not allowed to “recreate”! No picture taking, hiking, biking, walking- NOTHING. We are restricted to our “land use areas”- which means we can basically walk from the dorms to the employee dining rooms. We can drive to another location (for what they are all closed?) we can drive to the gateway towns. Driving in and out is a hassle as you have to stop, open padlocked gates, close padlocked gates etc. Don’t stop along the way or face a huge ticket if you get caught. And the padlocks weigh about ten pounds each!

    • votermom says:

      Sounds like a different kind of summer camp *shudder*

    • DeniseVB says:

      Thanks for the update PMM ! I’ve been following your adventures on FB and fingers have been crossed you didn’t get sucked up in the stupid, stupid shutdowns. What’s the buzz among your co-workers? Blaming Republicans ? Or where the blame should go … Obama and his OMB’s Team Make It Hurt and Feel Pain ? He’s such a weasel.

      • Mixed political inclinations here. Fortunately most of the hourly employees do not have TV and rely on we older, wiser (lol) folk to set them straight on the facts. Lots of my employees follow me on FB so they are getting to see what I share.
        Many are being fed the “evil Republican” BS. I counter it as best I can.
        Facts are beautiful things. ANd without MSNBC, CNN, FOX etc to distort and distract it is easier to give out info and nudge them into thinking for themselves.
        Unfortunately I am caught up in this BS. We are all on hold, though I was allowed to move into my winter quarters here at Old Faithful so everything is in place and I can just leave it here when they finally release us.
        Kind of sucks- we get a $3 a day bonus for every day we are here- whether we work or not. So I can’t leave until they release me or I forfeit that money. I got here May 11th- so it’s enough to pay for gas home. And it will be even more important now as we are not drawing any pay while we are on hold. Can’t even file for unemployment as I have not been released from my contract.
        Have I mentioned today I hate this gubmint? BOTH sides.
        TERM LIMITS! Kick the bums out!

    • Somebody says:

      ((((PMM)))) It’s so good to hear from you! I’ve been wondering how you’re doing.

      So if you’re near Old Faithful, did you see the tourist group that was there? Were they really kept inside under armed guard?

      • I did not see them- it happened, if it happened, last week. That story has a HUGE problem. There are absolutely NO dude ranches inside the park. NONE.
        Which makes me question the veracity of the whole story.
        Glad to have a decent internet connection now, It sucked all summer with so many people trying to get on at the same time. Slower than the slowest dial up.

  6. wmcb says:

    Not really. Because a great many of that number who “disapproves” of the GOP are the more conservative/libertarian minded who are fed up.

    Another poll this week pointed out that there is a big uptick in libertarian.conservative opinions in the population. This has to do with truth, not parties.

    Almost twice as many Americans self-identify as conservative as they do liberal. Conservatives and moderates VASTLY outnumber lefties.

    The problem isn’t the People. The problem is getting at least one of the parties to speak for them.

  7. Falstaff says:

    I’ll take gridlock over Democrat single-party rule. One ray of hope is that the structure of the Senate and House allow for minority rule: there are enough sparsely-populated red states to get to 51 R senators pretty easily, and the judicious drawing of House districts in 2010 has given the R’s a cushion of about 5% at least through 2020. If the current push for expanded voter ID is successful (i.e.: if Holder & co. aren’t successful in institutionalizing voter fraud), the GOP can still be successful even if the nitwit majority views them unfavorably. It ain’t ideal, but that’s where we are at the moment.

    • Constance says:

      The Republicans can improve their own brand by not getting associated with far out birth control policies and discussions. It is now the law that women are going to have to spend several hundred dollars a month on a health care policy and it is not unreasonable of them to expect that policy to cover the only medical needs most of them have, birth control. And both parties need to remember birth control is not a “woman’s issue” it is a human issue.

      Democrat single-party rule will turn us into Detroit. It seems to be their goal, then Dems will have devastation to rage against.

  8. ecoast says:

    Alice Munro wins Nobel for Literature. Nice. She has been on a short list of two in the last couple of weeks.

    Now suspense is building for tomorrow’s announcement of Nobel for Peace.
    Short list of two: Malala Yousafzai, a brave Pakistani girl, and Denis Mukwege, a Congo surgeon that helps rape victims.

  9. The Klown says:


    Kidnapped Libyan prime minister pays the price for an Obama leak

    Leaks have consequences. Just ask Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was kidnapped in retaliation for allowing the United States to carry out a special operations raid in Tripoli that captured a senior al-Qaeda leader, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Abu Anas al-Libi.

    How did the kidnappers know that the prime minister had approved the raid? After all, his government denied any prior knowledge of the U.S. action. Simple: The Obama administration told them. A front-page story in the New York Times, “U.S. Officials Say Libya Approved Commando Raids,” reported that “After months of lobbying by American officials, the Libyans consented ‘some time ago’ — weeks or perhaps even months — to the United States operations.” The article, which cites “more than half a dozen American diplomatic, military, law enforcement, intelligence and other administration officials” as sources, notes that “The Libyans’ consent marks a significant step forward for the Obama administration, which has been criticized by Congressional Republicans for moving too slowly to apprehend the Benghazi suspects.”

    In other words, the Obama administration exposed the Libyan government’s cooperation in a top-secret covert action in order to bolster the president against domestic political criticism.

    It gets worse. The exposure of the Libyan government’s secret cooperation is not the only damaging leak surrounding the Libyan raid. According to the Times, “the United States had hoped to keep secret” the very fact of al-Libi’s capture, “but that leaked out to the news media.” Not only that, the Times revealed that a second raid had been planned, but not carried out, “to seize a militia leader suspected of carrying out the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi.”

    This is simply devastating.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Single party rule got us Obamascare. 😯

  11. The Klown says:
  12. helenk3 says:

    since Leno knows he is leaving he has been more open in making fun of backtrack. freedom is a wonderful thing

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Cute segment from Leno w/Ann Romney. Mitt comes in at the end and you should hear the audience go wild. My eyes welled up. Yes, we’re stupid ….

  14. wmcb says:

    From my FB page:

    Just the non-functional website alone overshot the projected cost by SIX TIMES what it was supposed to cost us. The “you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor” BS has been revealed as a flat out lie, as those already insured lose their previous coverage in droves. The majority of people who even can get on to sign up are finding that the insurance offered is junk insurance with high premiums, high deductibles. (Big Insurance is loving that captive market!) But I am supposed to trust that all the other fairy dust spouted about this trainwreck is going to come magically true? No. IT’S A BAD LAW, hastily written and jammed through, full of flaws and useless to fix the problems.

    Oh, and if your response to this is “But a crappy trainwreck of a plan is better than no plan, because EVIL GOP must not win!!!” then you are a goddamned blindly partisan idiot. I’d prefer not to be sacrificed on the altar of your knee-jerk Obama-propping, thanks. I’m interested in reality, not political counting coup. Go back to square one and let’s talk about things that might work and not bankrupt us, shall we?

    • lyn says:

      Obama had three years to fix any problems, but no one wanted to go there again. Well, we are there now, and it ain’t working.

  15. The Klown says:
    • wmcb says:

    • Somebody says:

      I have to say if you watch “Sicko” with an open mind there are some valid points in there and I assure you I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination a Michael Moore fan. In fact I really can’t stand him.

      If you’ve never had a serious illness in your family and had to navigate the healthcare system then you can’t possibly understand some of the ridiculous rules or how some things operate. A classic example is your catastrophic coverage, most people think if something bad happens once they hit that out of pocket dollar amount you are covered 100%…….WRONG! People will argue with me until the cows come home about catastrophic coverage, even my own sisters, one of which tragically found out I was right the hard way. So from that standpoint “Sicko” can be quite eye opening if you’ve thankfully never walked such a path.

      My husband and I watched “Sicko” and found that we could relate to a lot of the ridiculous rules he highlighted. For instance getting pre-approval for ICU, um how do you know something terrible is going to happen? We had several such instances during our daughter’s cancer treatment where we were “fined” $500 by our insurance for not getting pre-approval for something we couldn’t possible have foreseen. In each case we appealed and won, but how many people don’t appeal?

      I take exception to some of the things in “Sicko”. During my daughter’s treatment I connected online with people all over the world and many of us had long engaging conversations about various healthcare systems. Michael Moore is less than honest about some of his assessments of other healthcare systems, highlighting the good but glossing over the bad. Conversely he does the same in reverse in the USA. However, I do think it’s educational if you’ve never had to “walk that walk”, so that you can understand a little more clearly some of the issues within our system.

      My two cents on “Sicko” FWIW

      • wmcb says:

        Good take. Yes, he highlighted some real problems. But the whole “The way England/Cuba/etc do it is a problem-free utopia” is just blind cheerleading.

        People in the USA want Europe’s coverage but with all the advantages (no wait times, newest drugs, newest procedures, fashionable and gleaming facilities, ability to sue whenever you get pissed, total choice of docs, etc) of the USA system.

        It’s a fairytale. EVERYTHING in life is a trade off. Everything. We need to have a serious discussion about what those tradeoffs are, in reality, before we can even begin to debate whether they are worth it. And that’s what made me angriest about the whole Obamacare push. The ridiculous denial that any tradeoffs were being made at all, that it was all upside. Lies, lies, lies.

        • Jadzia says:

          I was pretty shocked at what the doc offices look like here. They are basically really really dingy, no real waiting room, no receptionist (the doctor schedules her own appointments), etc. And when the kids are vaccinated, I have to trot down to the pharmacy myself to buy the vaccine and the little topical anesthetic pad. That said, I don’t really see going to the doctor as a day at the spa or a furniture showroom, and the care is otherwise very good. It’s just as good as the care I got in the U.S. But not free! We certainly do pay taxes for it, and there ARE copayments. The biggest advantage is the fact that the copayments are reasonable, published, and predictable. If I get squished by a bus tomorrow, my family is not going to go broke.

  16. wmcb says:

    Stuff like this bugs me. You know why? Because the problem may well be the way the law is written, not the judge. Judges do not judge whether something is *moral*. They judge whether it’s covered under that particular law.

  17. My post is in the drafts. Publish at will.

  18. The Klown says:
  19. Wanda says:

    So where are Caribou Barbie and Dudley Do Wrong? Seems like they can’t get enough of the spotlight until the shit hits the fan and the Republicans cave like we all knew they would. Now these two weasels have scurried off to whatever hole they crawl into until it’s time to stir the rabble to fill their coffers back up. Lemmings in suicide vests indeed.

  20. helenk3 says:

    name the names of the people who authorized the non payment of death benefits to the fallen heros

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    Look what I found. 🙂

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