This is What Democracy Looks Like?

An interesting clip in the New York Times this morning (“Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks”) reveals some fantastic information about the attitude of the American people towards their elected representatives in the Federal government:

  • “More than four out of five people surveyed said that the recent debt-ceiling debate was more about gaining political advantage than about doing what is best for the country.”
  • “Nearly three-quarters said that the debate had harmed the image of the United States in the world.”
  • “72 percent disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the negotiations.”
  • “66 percent disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress handled negotiations.”
  • President Obama’s disapproval rating was 46%.
  • “The Tea Party is now viewed unfavorably by 40 percent of the public and favorably by just 20 percent.”

According to the article, the 82% disapproval rate for Congress is the highest it has been since the New York Times began asking these questions 34 years ago, and is even higher than when the Federal government actually shut down in 1995.

How can Americans feel this way without rioting in the streets over the outcome of these negotiations?  When three-quarters of voters disapprove of both parties, there is time for a change.  It is instantly clear that both Parties choose to serve their moneyed masters over the American Will.

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