12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

The American people are increasingly waking up to the fact that nothing ever seems to change in Washington D.C. no matter which political party is in power.  In fact, as you will see later on in this article, an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither party “represents the American people”.  Over the past several decades, we have sent a Bush, a Clinton, another Bush and an Obama to the White House, but the policies coming out of Washington have remained pretty much the same the entire time.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are constantly fighting like cats and dogs, but the truth is that the Republicans want to take us to the same place that the Democrats want to take us – just a little more slowly perhaps.  And behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats have a good time with one another and they are ultimately controlled by the same set of oligarchs.  The Americans people are really starting to recognize what a sham our system has become, and the numbers show that they are quite fed up with it.

I truly wish that things were different.  When I was much younger, I was actively involved in politics and I enthusiastically campaigned for certain candidates.  But then when they got to Washington D.C., they never did most of the things that they promised to do during their campaigns.

I was quite bewildered by this.  At the time, I concluded that we just needed to send even more “good politicians” to D.C. and then things would finally turn around.

But things never did turn around.  No matter which party had the upper hand, the same garbage continued to spew forth from Washington.

Ultimately, like millions of other Americans, I have come to see that there is not really much of a difference between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on one side, and John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush on the other side.

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Sure, if you listen to their campaign speeches you might be tempted to think that they were polar opposites, but when you watch what they actually do there is not that much that really separates them.

Fortunately, large numbers of Americans are starting to see through this disgusting charade.  Most of our politicians are con men that tell us what we want to hear during their campaigns, and then after they are elected they forget all about us.  Dissatisfaction with these politicians has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years, and that could be a good thing.  The following are 12 numbers which prove that Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual…

#1 A national Rasmussen Reports survey has found that an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither major political party “represents the American people”.

#2 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, only 29 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.

#3 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing by a 52.2 to 43.7 percent margin.

#4 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing by a 77.6 percent to 14.2 percent margin.

#5 52 percent of Americans “do not think the economy is fair to those willing to work hard”.

#6 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#7 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would “change Congress for the worse” if every member was voted out during the next election.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014″.

Of course at the heart of much of this dissatisfaction is the continuing problems in our economy.  For example, check out the Gallup daily employment tracking survey that you can find right here.  As you can see, the payroll to population number (those Americans working 30 hours a week or more) has been flatlining in the low forties for more than four years now.  The truth is that there never has been an employment recovery in this nation since the last recession. For much more on all this, please see my previous article entitled “This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

The last wave of the economic crisis really devastated the middle class, and as a result record numbers of Americans have become dependent on the government.  As I mentioned in one recent article, ten years ago the number of women working outnumbered the number of women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

No wonder so many Americans are so angry.  Things are not nearly as good as they used to be.

Unfortunately, even though so many people are angry and frustrated, there is very little consensus on the solutions to our problems.

Many Americans even want to throw out the principles that this country was founded upon entirely.  For example, one recent survey discovered that 59 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution is “outdated”.

That is a very chilling number.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly ignorant about who we are, where we came from and how we get here.

And a lot of our fellow citizens do not even know how our system of government works.  One survey actually found that only 25 percent of all Americans knew how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans knew how many U.S. senators there are (100).

In the final analysis, it is hard to be optimistic about a political solution to any of our major problems in the near future.  Most of our politicians are deeply corrupt, the American people are incredibly angry and are deeply divided, and the vast majority of campaigns for federal office are won by the candidate that raises the most money.

But perhaps there is something that I am missing.  So what do you think?  Do you believe that there is hope that we can get Washington D.C. turned around in the near future?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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9 Responses to 12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

  1. Dave1 says:

    F J Rocca, So basically what you are saying is there is nothing wrong with our system of government, It just don’t work right. If our system of government was a good functioning system we would not be in the WTF shape we are in as there would have been stronger checks and balances in place to stop it from deteriorate as far as it has.True Anarchy would be a far better system than any government system. See for one the Anarchy system would not require you to vote for a slave master.Check into the Anarchy system you maybe supprised just how 2014 the Founding Fathers were when they wrote the Constitution. Search where most of the Constitution wording was copied from, Find out just who the Founding Fathers were and what they gained from all their applied power to change things.Do some research real reasarch and just maybe you will find Like I did years ago the Constitutionand bill of rights and government is something that IMO we could do with out. OUR PROBLEM IS GOVERNMENT and control not the people needing governed over. Just my opinion all of you are more than welcome to have yours as that is part of freedom in both systems at least for now in the government system that is.
    Ok Thom go ahead I’m back.

  2. mtnwinds says:

    Many years ago a very savy and much maligned politician, George Wallace (Gov. of Alabama), remarked that there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between a democrat and a republican. It’s only taken about 60 years for the rest of America to wake up.

  3. F J Rocca says:

    Mr Snyder, there is nothing wrong with our system of government. In fact, it is one of the best. The problem is that we consistently elect people who do not uphold the values of our founding fathers and the great system they created to protect individual rights and maximum freedom. If 59% of the people say that the Constitution is outdated, it is because they have bought into the lies of those who want to change it, not those who want it restored to its full effectiveness. We must get rid of almost all of the Establishment Republicans and Liberal Democrats and replace them with people who really intend to restore our freedom and the full rights of individual citizens. So far as I can tell, only the Tea Party people really have that in mind, no one else. Please do not suggest that our system is defective or the magnificent documents which uphold the Founding Fathers’ values are outdated. We do not need change or revision. We need restoration.

    • zip says:

      How much of a choice did we have to select from? when those elects are filtered thru the Globalist/Bilderbergs? There’s no choice. How can we restore something that’s not even on the table – Neither party represent the ‘use to be American people’ who’ve been sold out generations ago. Kick them all out (den of inequity) … oh, but wait we can’t. Didn’t the USPS just buy a bunch of ammo and the DHS targeting ‘Constitutional citizens’ who are branded as terrorist because they don’t want land grabbing to take place of the thieves and drones to get them. American troops aren’t used to protect this country or its citizens – ask whistle-blowers who are still alive. What would out Forefathers do? That’s a real place to start rather than imagining, believing and being enslaved to the Lie-enablers of this day.

    • debbie says:

      F J Rocca-You are SOOO right! If the polititions DID what they promise, then we would be okay as a nation. Even Obummer as a senator actually was quoted as following the constitution! Then-poof he magically turned into a president and forgot it!
      What we need are people who follow the “calling” such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, who feel the constitution is the way to save our republic, for their children! Not a way to get into office to get rich and screw the tax payer! These and other good men/women are out there, and we must vote them in this Nov. Only when the good ones out weigh the liars, will we see the change to our country! It can and will happen if enough sheeple wake up! It is up to those of us who are awake to spread the word! God Bless American Again!

    • pinewoodsman says:

      Well said, the idiots in congress are not doing their job, We need people in congress, that will get us back on track. If they don’t do the job, fire them.

      • debbie says:

        Yes, you nailed that one! Also, college is full of progressive idiots who pound thier agenda on the students and only take one side of the story-theirs! When I went back to college a few years back, me, at 43 and the professors in some of my classes went round and round! I told one from Berkley that he had no right lying to the impressionable students in class! I got a D in that class! I finally learned to shut up or pay the price of bad grades even though I was a A student! Imagine if you were 18-20! You would just swallow the bull, and finally believe it!
        The educational system MUST be changed! Calling all parents, go to your city council meetings, and vote! Tell them you don’t want Common Core! It starts with the parents! I homeschooled mine!

  4. texaman says:

    One of the main reasons that our citizens do not know about the founding of America and our Republican form of government is that there has been a concerted effort by the so called “Liberal” or “Progressive” , or actual “Communist” philosophy of our educators over the past 60 plus years has set up a educational system in our country in which the history of our great country, including the history of how our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution of the United States was developed has been almost completely eradicated from all of our public education forums nation wide. These same educators are also responsible for teaching a false interpretation of our Constitution, which they teach students that the document doesn’t state what it obviously does, and that it is “out of date” and needs to be revised to comply with “modern” standards – a complete untruth. You might also note that most of these same so-called educators are the same ones preaching, they would say teaching, that any kind of belief in God is a false belief. They are intent on destroying our society through teaching false information to our children for several generations. I would like to see a poll of high school graduates that would demonstrate their knowledge of American History and America’s religious history.

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