A recent poll, conducted by the Pew Research Group, has found that 4 out of 5 Americans do not trust their government, let alone believe it competent enough to solve the problems, present and future, facing the United States.
The survey illustrates the ominous situation President Barrack Obama and the Democratic Party face as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall's elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work. The survey found that just 22 percent of those questioned say they can trust Washington almost always or most of the time and just 19 percent say they are basically content with it. Nearly half say the government negatively affects their daily lives, a sentiment that's grown over the past dozen years.
A vast majority of those polled claim they believe that the Government is too big, with half of those polled claimed they favored a smaller government that offered fewer services.
And at least part of the blame for the dramatic shift in the climate can be laid at the feet of president Barrack Obama and his recent agenda.
The survey found that Obama's policies were partly to blame for a rise in distrustful, anti-government views. In his first year in office, the president orchestrated a government takeover of Detroit automakers, secured a $787 billion stimulus package and pushed to overhaul the health care system.
But the poll also identified a combination of factors that contributed to the electorate's hostility: the recession that Obama inherited from President George W. Bush; a dispirited public; and anger with Congress and politicians of all political leanings
Short term, this discontent with the leadership of our Nation means for a political bloodbath (and maybe an actual bloodbath, I the predictions of the WEBBOT people are right and there are food riots starting around July) for incumbents from either party (especially Democrats) viewed by a pissed off populous as part of the problem, not the solution.
In the long term though... who can say...
The whole world can change in a moment a hundred times between now and November 2012.
But one thing is for certain, both short and long term...
The climate might finally be right for a vocal third party to make a go at it on a national scale.
And if things are still this shitty in 2012, bet your britches a viable third party candidate 9with plenty of anti-government capital built up) will have a legit shot at it.
Tell me Paul/Ventura doesn't have that Presidential ring to it...