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

By Michael Snyder


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.

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 high53 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 only20 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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  • Anon

    Then stop voting Republocrat (Demopublican). There is no 2nd party. We need a 2nd party.

  • juannamara?

    Sometimes the wrong way to fix something, is, unfortunately the *wrong* way to do it! Everybody looks at this crappo *sokution* matrix and shake their heads at the shambled results…
    Stop knee-jerking the innovators into your only one way to do it philosophy, and realise these people are fed up with not having options, kind of like Einstein, and moving to more favorable lands, and taking their better ways with them! We are not Gestapo, nor socialist, but that is the name calling going on towards the so-called good guys, then they call names back and try to fix this crap, and all the while we get pissed. Kind of hard to fix anything at all from a fear based standpoint, now ain’t it? It has all not went to hell, we are still civil, the powers are desperate and we won’t compromise… really? You all need to wipe your butts with sandpaper before you say the paper to pay our dues need to be substituted instead! Oh, and stop saying that we are in deep economic trouble, if we sold even 1/8 of 1% or our most pedestrian and useless war technologies to someone, it cashes out to billions! In other words, we can pay our debtors, just don’t want to sell it yet. We just took over the keys to the biggest loan in world history, and we still have a bad-a** credit rating as far as how likely we can pay it back. Now can we? You betcha! Can does not mean will, nor should, it is at best revealed as *possible* no doubt, and not at all questioned! You can possibly ‘keep your doctor, you can possibly eat your bread, and get free health for yourself, and you can possibly learn the thing about possible to, but you can dam well call me a liar too on the possible fact that it can inddeed happen, but you will need to not only show intent to mislead, *and* prove the falsehood was the reality behind my statement within in my statement, and then you can say with fact behind you that I lied. Yes the Tach is pegged at the top of deflection, we are not running a temp(yet), and agreed we are flying to beat hell. Will our engine blow? If we keep pushing our government to the edge to keep their foot where it is, abso-fukkin-lutely. What you need to realise is this, we have in our hands a very terribly advanced government tech pandemic mentality, why would they be keeping this secret? Why don’t you ask the question this way, what if we actually got a transparent answer, and how would, not just us, but the world react? And to all the constitution idiots, look at the founding document, realise we are under Martial law, and the honoring of any law is now a formality, not an obligation, and *optional*. Don’t test the water, or drown you possibly, or just say to your kids that the water is BAD BAD BAD! But don’t you dare look for the reality behind the words of your government and and call out *LIAR* until you find out enough truth to base your question correctly, otherwise play *parrot* *telephone* and other games with them call these politicians names like they play us. Otherwise, if not for this advice, yes, we are in deep S***, and you need to remain calm enough to reason correctly without faith, but also without prejudicial assumption, or be met with the same base reasoning(lack of reason) based on baseless and separate diametrically correct comparisons! Ohter than that, don’t become a clear problem, and the cops will find someone else to ticket, fine beat or murder, but if you look like a problem, sadly you will be guilty of crimes absent proof! You are not criminal, but it hard to stop your kind of problem in this if you will not just shut up, sit down and keep your overheated cop directed rhetoric in check! I am the kind of kid that abhors a butt kicking, but if I am wrong in the fundamental sense, I have the gumption to not fight it, and look like a b**** going down, but it is a lot better than being vicariously victorious, but wrong! How, do I know difference here? I feel guilty being right, that is how I know! Stop and reason your position as possibly baseless, look at if it will be remembered as important in 5 years, then say something, might just get you what you need famously! Oh, and I am not a fan of the guv, but at the same time, not every right person is impressing me either! I get searched, I am cool about it and not resisting, no matter what they find, I am eloquently illustrating *non-problem* without outright saying such nor implying. I could have had at least six effing hard drug related felonies, but did I even get charged? Nope, but you will if it be your little hell for you to bring to the public due to your irresponsible tactics to hide it versus is it really a help to you, not it is illegal to be such! Soldiers are not doctors, nor addicts, but you would think that meth, weed and opium are not in their beaker sourced diet, it is, but how would you say the criminals are the soldiers, or even the ones directing them? How about neither, they just have a drug shaped hole to fill, not a life crater to be buried in! I hate psychiatry, hate medicine, but I also know a good solution when I see it, and need it for the moment, or I am unmanagable so how about that? Call me names, I guess if I tell you not to, you will anyways, but you don’t see me on the news, now do you? Oh, and my name is Michael, the one that walked on ice and shaped the world profoundly, but the architect, I am not. The literal representation I do not emulate nor support, if you hammer my public view with religion, I decimate your opinion with action just to turn around and illustrate it with reality. You can’t believe in this? You are polluted with sensation and chained to rhetoric. maybe a T.V. will keep you out of my way, but damn it if you adulterate my otherwise screwy life with cheapened terms and idiot slang, let alone some abhorrent religiological slur. I just do what I naturally do, and things fall apart for the true monsters and *nobody* else! Will I actively restore peace and rebuild some temple rock and assume the literal antichrist role? Fuck you and your temple, I will pray to God himself for answers and just take my results and remember that the proof is lacking for the skeptical, and religion is full of it for sure if they think prophecy will be my plan. I have no plan, but you better get like me or face the demise of plan, solution, knee-jerk, just to prove once again that the wrong way is always a devastating little option, not the first rate, and not the best option always! The come from behind little grocery getter that beats the Ferrari that thought it was wrecked a long time ago is just too baffled out to continue to accomplish some devil plan when he spots me once again. I am an original half-intact relic, complete with damage to me that I just kind of keep going with despite, and going through hell is the going rate, but will you hear me complain? I love it all, it is fun, and it sure does baffle the best, and at that it works fine too. You can’t beat this way of life with a million bucks, a million swords, nor a billion people swearing that just happen to love you too! I am beyond such distinctions, don’t give me a supercar, money, or fame, I am AN, not THE architect and your run faster jump higher mentality you assign me was built in at the factory, not a defect, and hardly needs a warranty return. I am broke, happy and when I get hot about something, you can’t beat me because God sees me and agrees, you just can’t do it by the book every time, but you can sure impress the hell out of Him he would otherwise gladly lend you Hell as part of the original plan! Get over your bible and it’s missing shock value exluded due to shock value alone, and just realise the purity of the remaining message, but damn it if I am beaten like a martyr, chained in a cell for your love of fear, or even, God help you, scared of a man you think inane things about. You all forgot the faith healers, the service manual the angels gave us and you think you have it in the bag of tricks. There remains the reality of truth, ‘ain’t nuthin like a man that can do what he wanna’, and I love freedom, but I am not going to beat you for the pursuit of it like some kind of lunatinistic erasist that is full of bait and digging for cash, neither one of those things will bag you fish quite like hope and patience, otherwise, drop some dynamite if you need to feed the needy fast, don’t call me from jail about how the Devil made you do it, I ain’t need two 12 ears and six heads to be called a solution for non-acknonolgement, but you need to not prejudize your perception to observe truth either! Don’t be mad when you make me walk a mile in your shoes, never see your life correct, and now own shoes and am too far away to see, let alone chase. Far as you, you are an idiot, I need shoes, they fit and you are not going to beat me enough to prove your point of permission and loss, you bought yourself a lesson, you need it, and stop griping! Oh, and they WILL end up on someone else’s feet should they need them, along with the cute an hilarious story this chap he ain’t laughing at, but all your friends sure can’t stop rolling, and me and destitute guy are better off for the so-called loss of your experience. That is, pay it forward, and real, medicine is not substance, but help, and you are cynical, and otherwise wrong, yes! But you can murder so called this so-called truth by saying god made me good at it, and it will work far better that the bickering your drama incites too! You make yourselves lathery, and sweat will cleanse you, so stop foaming at the mouth with obscenity, or your rabdity is real as the disease you fear so friggin much, and don’t mind the quarantine, I mean prison you earn staying the course, this is guilt without proof, and you now have words to play for, win with, and otherwise get chuckles from God himself, nobody can beat that, now can they ;>)

  • Roninf9

    Expecting the same people who ruined this country – the Republicrat/Dumbocan Party – to fix it is the definition of insanity.

  • Patrick

    One of the reasons our forefathers decided upon elected representatives rather than a true democracy was to prevent three wolves and one sheep deciding on what to have for dinner, to temper mob rule with healthy debate and let reason prevail. We choose which candidates we vote for based upon their platform whether listed as such or by what we glean from their speeches. It’s not unreasonable for us to expect them to vote accordingly when those issues come up. Too often they don’t. Instead, they vote as directed by their corporate benefactors. This is where we have been betrayed time and again. And this is where we can implement laws to prevent future betrayals. I propose a bill be drafted preventing any representative from voting counter to his or her pre-election platform; either he or she must vote as promised or abstain. If such a bill is voted into law by the current congress, we should keep those representatives and if not, we should vote them all out of office without exception. A similar law needs to be passed applying to the president, where he may not sign a bill into law which is counter to his campaign promises.