Since the Great Depression, we have not seen a political and societal situation as gloomy, pessimistic, and angst-ridden as today.
All the polling and research show disturbing — and previously unheard-of — thoughts permeating the American public:
- More people today believe that the gap between the government and the governed is wider now than at any time since the American Revolution.
- 70 percent believe the United States is on the “wrong track.”
- 44 percent believe we are back in a recession.
- A huge majority believes the 2007-2008 financial collapse was due to criminal behavior — either or on Wall Street and/or inside the federal government or as pollster Doug Schoen puts it, “a rigged game.” Yet no one has been prosecuted for it!
In sum, the American people are ripe for a Big Change in 2012.
If present conditions persist, how can the people possibly keep the same government in power?
Answer: they can’t. And won’t.
But then comes this question: what will happen? Who will emerge to bring about the change — the real, not cosmetic change — people will be demanding?
As notable pollster/campaign adviser Pat Caddell said yesterday, “We are in a pre-revolutionary moment.”
The “revolution” he is talking about is the “governed” are about to blow against their government — and the entire so-called establishment, i.e. the media establishment, the financial establishment including Wall Street and, of course, the D.C.-Beltway political establishment of both parties.
Here is a fascinating look at the present divide between the people and the establishment: Pollster Scott Rasmussen on June 1 of this year asked people to agree or to disagree with this statement:
“The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them is now as big as the gap between the American colonies and England during the 18th Century.”
65 percent of likely GOP voters agree with this statement; 55 percent of independent voters agree with it. Overall 45 percent of all likely voters agree with it.
But the political class?
Zero percent agree with it!
That says it all, doesn’t it?
This gap today between this political class and the grass-roots Americans is illustrated today by the foisting on us of Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who worked for and basically endorsed Obama.
Why do we want this man? Who wants him?
We do not want him — the GOP political class wants him.
So we now have two Mormons who believe in nationally mandated healthcare (RomneyCare and Huntsman privately praised ObamaCare aboard Air Force One to Obama), and who also believe in man-made global warming. And the tea party movement can’t stand either man.
How can either possibly represent the conservative movement and the Republican Party?
Yet our establishment is lining up behind these two.
No wonder the real race for 2012 is to see who is the outsider who comes along and takes on the establishment and the political class.
That person will likely be our next president of the United States.
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