Friday, November 18, 2011

It's not just Obama

Fox is reporting on a new poll that finds that a full 56% of Americans have no confidence in the President. 48% of Americans disapprove of the President's job performance, while only 42% approve.  The numbers for Congress are even more drastic, with 80% disapproving of Congress's job performance.

So how did we get to this point where a majority of Americans dislike at least two out of three branches of government?  The way I see it, it's taken decades of mismanagement, greed, and incompetence to destroy the relationship between the electorate and the elected.  Cronyism, revolving doors into the lobbying industry, and just plain stupidity have made a lot of people so cynical that they just choose to not participate.

For me, it's been watching over a decade of manipulation of numbers, torturing of the truth, and bending of stated principals by members of both parties that have driven me into the "vote them out, vote them all out" camp.  I've always said that Americans crave leadership, not management. It's been a very long time since the last statesman was replaced by a politician.

So where do we go from here?  Next year, the President, the Vice-President, all of the members of the cabinet, all of the members of the House of Representatives, and 1/3 of the Senators are up for contract renewal, and to be honest, I think we should outsource all of them.  I'm sure that a wholesale firing of the entire elected portion of the Executive branch and over half of the Legislative branch would cause a few good people to be swept out along with the dirtbags, but I honestly don't know how to separate the sheep from the goats.  My hunch is that we are more likely to have a net gain in intelligence with a complete crop of new people than we are to by replacing the current field of weeds in ones and two's.

So I say again:  Vote them out.  Vote them all out.  If you can't hold your nose and vote for the candidate from the opposing party, vote third party.  Take time to educate your fellow citizens about the iniquity of Congress and the President.  Encourage them to do their own research and to decide whether or not we can trust the people who put us in the ditch to get us out.

Next year, just vote "No Mas".
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