By Robert A. Vella
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this month clearly supports the assertion that the American public is increasingly disapproving of its political leaders regardless of their partisan affiliation. This is a disturbing trend because a continuing rise in institutional distrust will eventually lead to social unrest, and at some point, internal dissent would destabilize the nation.
Yet, America’s political, business, and media establishment seems determined to maintain the status quo.
Here are the highlights from NBC News:
- President Obama’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 41-45 (-4%).
- Democratic Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 38-40 (-2%).
- Republican Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 29-45 (-16%).
- Tea Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 22-41 (-19%).
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Only 32 percent of voters say their member of Congress deserves to be re-elected, compared with 57 percent who want to give a new person a chance.
And just 25 percent of Americans…
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Haven’t we seen this play out elsewhere; Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine, Thailand where people first lost faith in their government then chaos? I fear for the future if things don’t improve. Yes it could happen here and I shutter at the potential consequences of such societal unrest. Lets hope the 2014 elections doesn’t bring more Tea Party reactionaries into the mix or things could turn ugly and very quickly. I hope there is enough of a moderate and progressive electorate to stem the tide.