Too Much Information Provided By The Internet Cuts Through The Brain Fog Of Once Dominant Network Evening News
In a follow-up, and correction, to our earlier story on just how far Bush's popularity and job approval ratings have fallen, here's a comprehensive piece from the Washington Post that lays out the facts, and features some absolutely incredible insights into how the President Bush now views the American people - with complete contempt and utter disdain.
Here's the poll results under discussion :
But it's not all bad news for President Bush. There's an unexpected benefit to being so utterly out of favour with the American public. He no longer gives a shit what they think :
The latest Washington Post-ABC News survey shows that 65 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush's job performance, matching his all-time low.
In polls conducted by The Post or Gallup going back to 1938, only twice has a president exceeded that level of public animosity -- Harry S. Truman, who hit 67 percent during the Korean War, and Richard M. Nixon, who hit 66 percent four days before resigning.
Bush has been so down for so long that some advisers maintain it no longer bothers them much. It can even, they say, be liberating. Seeking the best interpretation for the president's predicament, they argue that Bush can do what he thinks is right without regard to political cost, pointing to decisions to send more U.S. troops to Iraq and to commute the sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff.Of course the most shocking stat of all from the poll is buried halfway down the story :
52 percent of Americans "strongly" disapprove of his performance and 28 percent describe themselves as "angry."So according to this, some 90 million Americans are "angry" at the president. Not annoyed, not disappointed, not frustrated. ANGRY.
No wonder Bush has been using his executive order privileges to set up a 'soft' dictatorship in recent months Angry people don't just stay angry when things don't get better, they start getting angrier, and then possibly violent. And start thinking about overthrowing the government.
But what could causing such anger amongst almost one third of Americans? The Iraq War? The immigration bill, which will coming back to Congress sooner rather than later? The seeping knowledge of the North American Union plans, which will see Canada, the United States and Mexico united as one? The ceaseless lies and distortions covering up the reality of the 'War on Terror'? The escalating defense budgets, set to soar beyond $500 billion in 2009? The spreading poverty amongst the middle classes as the value of their homes plummet?
No, of course not. None of these things make Americans angry, according to the Washington Post story. They've got another explanation.
Americans have too much access to information about what is going on in their country.
What they're really saying is that the internet, and blogs, are cutting through the brain fog so faithfully delivered up by the once dominant American evening network news. Not only are Americans getting more information, they are discovering, online, that they are not alone in their anger and dismay at what Bush Co. are doing to their country. They are finding allies in their anger and their suspicions about the true intent of the Bush Co. cabal are being reinforced by the like-minded, online.
"It's astonishing," said Pat Caddell, who was President Jimmy Carter's pollster. "It's hard to look at the situation today and say the country is absolutely 15 miles down in the hole. The economy's not that bad -- for some people it is, but not overall. Iraq is terribly handled, but it's not Vietnam; we're not losing 250 people a week. . . . We don't have that immediate crisis, yet the anxiety about the future is palpable. And the feeling about him is he's irrelevant to that. I think they've basically given up on him."That may stem in part from the changing nature of society. When Caddell's boss was president, there were three major broadcast networks. Today cable news, talk radio and the Internet have made information far more available, while providing easy outlets for rage and polarization.
"A lot of the commentary that comes out of the Internet world is very harsh," said Frank J. Donatelli, White House political director for Ronald Reagan. "That has a tendency to reinforce people's opinions and harden people's opinions."
The American elite, its most privileged families and the true power executive would crush the internet, and blogs, into nothing, if only they could.
They will try to shut down this appalling honesty and disruptive stream of information so consistently informing the American people and making, at least, 90 million of them angry. But it may already be too late.