Jeremy J. Jones – Stranded in Thought

February 24, 2009

Loyal Support for the President?

Filed under: Opinion,Politics — Jeremy @ 8:53 am

Maybe I am missing the memo, but the New York Times has reported in a recent article, Survey Reveals Broad Support for President, that a majority of 1,112 adults polled last week approve of Obama’s job thus far. I think he is trying, yes. But I definitely don’t approve.

Here’s what gets me: three-quarters of those polled, including 6 of 10 Republicans, believe that the President is working hard to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans, yet only 3 in 10 people say that Republicans are doing the same.

I will not say that Republicans are working hard with him, but I can’t say I blame them. I’d hardly call railing against them for two weeks attempting to mend the divide between the parties. On the contrary, Mr. Obama essentially bullied the Republican Party into signing a bill that many would call, at best, irresponsible, loaded with speculation about huge amounts of money dedicated to strange purposes. He then ignored all criticism of the bill, citing the Americans’ need for quick and decisive action, rather than explaining his beliefs in each and every line.

It’s likely that people are so worried about our futures, that we would accept any policy that the new, feel-good President proposes, regardless of its contents. Of course, most Americans never actually listen to the details; rather, they hear “I can help you!” and vote for that person, trusting anything he or she says thereafter.

When President Bush refused to explain himself, people called him a criminal, a thug, an arrogant man, et cetera. When Obama does it, he gets a 63 percent approval rating.

Somehow, I’ve been unwillingly caught on the boat to socialism. I’d like to get off, please.

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4 Comments »

  1. Agreed. The president played fear-politics with America’s future and squeaked by on congress’ assumption that We The People are largely cluess, and for good reason — THEY’RE in office!

    Comment by LOUDelf — February 24, 2009 @ 8:59 am

  2. I like your straight-forward style. Keep writing, I’ve added you to my feeds.

    “It’s likely that people are so worried about our futures, that we would accept any policy that the new, feel-good President proposes, regardless of its contents. Of course, most Americans never actually listen to the details; rather, they hear “I can help you!” and vote for that person, trusting anything he or she says thereafter.”

    I have a theory I’m starting to explore as to why this is so. It’s at
    http://politicalinsights.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/introduction-to-the-kindergarten-principles/

    RBS

    Comment by rbs - Quick Daily Insights (Politics and Such) — February 24, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  3. I agree with most of what you say but I don’t feel you go far enough. We all need to recognize that we are heading down the slippery path to socialism and that Orbama is a communist.

    I look for you to present a unifying theory of all your ideas into one comprehensive notion such as the Communist Manifesto. You have some good ideas but lets unify them.

    Comment by Merriweather Jones — March 16, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

  4. You’re right, but I think more and more people are realizing that. The rest of the people, if they haven’t gotten that far, have realized that Obama has not only failed to deliver on his promise of a unified America, he has intentionally divided the country further, and people are tired of that.

    We can see not only from recent elections, but recent announcements of intentions not to run for reelection that the tide is quickly turning against the Democrats, and they feel it. I’ll be very surprised if there’s not a massive shift in the fall mid-term elections, because that party is essentially giving up on them, because it’s focusing on passing legislation that it knows won’t get passed after those elections. Nevermind the fact that if they hadn’t taken the position that they should pass everything they’ve wanted for forty years before the elections they probably could have ridden their domination all the way to 2016, but they’ve destroyed that, and it took them less than a year. That’s the most spectacular failure I’ve ever seen.

    It’s the political equivalent of having an undefeated season and winning the Super Bowl, exercising several previously traded for first-round draft picks, and then winning three games the following year and failing to make the playoffs altogether. Oh, and having several of your star players retire in shame or frustration.

    Republicans have definitely had their share of embarrassing failures, but not like that. It took Bush several years to reach this point. Though his personal popularity is far higher, Obama had better right his ship, or he’ll be out in two years. He is popular enough to get himself reelected, but he’d better start doing what the People want, rather than what his party and their lobbyists want. And that should be a lesson to the Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians as well. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the People who are in charge in the United States. Fail to please us, and we fire you. All politicians need to realize that, and stop thinking that their constituents are too unintelligent to know what they want. They don’t give us enough credit, and they will pay for it with the loss of their power.

    As to creating a unifying theory of my ideas, that’s a big project, and I’m not sure my mind is ready to tackle it.

    Comment by Jeremy — March 17, 2010 @ 8:55 am


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