Friday, August 26, 2011
"An American Citizen Opinion Poll"
The Gallup Poll, The MSNBC poll, the CNN poll, the Wall Street Journal poll....daily polls, weekly polls, monthly polls....the media is relentless in letting us all know how our politicians are being perceived by the American electorate. According to these polls Americans hold Congress in strong contempt and give The Anointed One ratings that are not much better.
What I'd love to see is a "reverse opinion poll". I'd like to be one of the raters surveyed. I would give the American people a favorable rating of 20 on a scale from 1 to 100. Has anyone seen those Jay Leno and David Letterman street visits? They go out and ask the average citizen to name the Vice President of the United States and are met with slack faces and wrong answers. The vast majority of Americans cannot explain what the "debt ceiling" is about nor do they have a clue about the economic impact of a $15 trillion dollar national debt.
These same slack face "citizens" can tell you all about the Prince's wedding, can name all of Kim Kardashian's bride's maids and can tell you who won the last "Batchelor" round but haven't a clue about what our politicians in Washington are doing to them.
I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said that we will get the kind of government our citizens deserve. If the level of civic awareness is any indicator we are certainly getting the government we deserve.
Sad. Damn Sad.