When the political class loses touch with America

This isn’t anything new considering how many politicians have been in congress for 30 years or more and have been out of touch most of their tenure. I think the American people, over the past decade, have finally gotten to the point where they have decided to no longer accept incompetence and arrogance from the upper most echelons of our government.

Behold, Congress’ 11% approval:

congress 11 percent approval graph

From Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year. Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.

Despite being democratically elected, it no longer appears that Congress holds the same values and motivations relating to the average American. This has been the trend for the past couple decades with an occasional jump from time to time.

However, this is the lowest recorded level since 1973 when Gallup began recording answers to this question.

Perhaps we need someone to truly speak on behalf of the American people, not talk down to them.

It seems that an overdrive progressive agenda has driven Congress so far in a ditch with the American people that I am not sure how long it will take to climb back out. I’m not even sure if Congress can climb back out considering how badly they have abused their power and abused the citizens they have a duty to represent.

With an 11% approval rating, this crosses party lines and simply shows that even with a terribly liberal controlled House, Senate and Presidency, they simply cannot even please their own left wing base.

One more thing worth mentioning is that Americans’ confidence in the Office of the President has slid to only 36% today, down 15 points from when President Obama took office. Granted President Bush hit a lower number at 26%, it simply illustrates how the “hope and change” fever has dissipated since President Obama took office. If 10% unemployment, massive deficits and new taxes continue, President Obama will hit the 20s in no time flat.

The Tea Party is thriving due to this national feeling that regardless of what our government does, at the end of the day we will have fewer freedoms, less income and more intrusion into our lives by nanny state bureaucrats.

In fact, I am inclined to say that people like Rand Paul, Sharon Angle and other Tea Party favorites are exactly where they should be. Anyone who will unapologetically push for more individual freedom and smaller government has my vote. Similar to Ron Paul in 2008, I am not 100% in line with his son Rand Paul either but I think his voice for unfettered libertarianism needs to be heard in the Senate.

The media enjoys painting candidates with “Tea Party” views as extremist and out of touch but I’m wondering what polls they might be looking at?

When Congress has an 11% approval rating, clearly they are the out of touch extremists. It is as if Congress is part of a foreign occupying force imposing its own values on a country which does not share those same views. This is something liberals complained was happening in Iraq but I guess they’re fine with it so long as traditional American values are the ones being diminished.

Full Gallup “confidence” poll results:

gallup america confidence

Ironically, the survey shows America’s confidence in our present health care system is up 4 points in the past year to 40%. If only Congress and President Obama could be as trusted as the health care system they are so quick to trash, perhaps we’d be in a different situation today.

As expected, Americans have the most confidence in the United States Military. As opposed to the empty suits sitting in Congress, our soldiers on the ground actually have skin in the game fighting for our freedom so the federal government can curtail it.