Polls Show No Confidence in U.S. Political Establishment
What Does This Mean For Workers?
by Bill Onasch
Amid the government shutdown, 60 percent of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of [Gallup asking] this question. A new low of 26 percent believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans. — October 11, 2013 Gallup Poll summary.
This is the latest spike in a trend confirmed by other pollsters since the run-up to the 2010 midterm Congressional elections. The working class majority in the USA is questioning the “divine right” of the two capitalist parties to rule. Some liken them to selfish, tantrum-prone children, but more recognize that it is mainly the rich who seem to gain even when bipartisan spirit prevails. Many are outraged, eager to protest, while others are turning off and dropping out. This is a remarkable turnaround from a resurgence of hope and expectation in the system just five years ago.
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In 2008, at the onset of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, America elected the first African-American President. Barrack Obama not only exuded a rock-star like persona that appealed to youth but also an air of integrity that reassured older voters. The early enthusiastic endorsement by Ted Kennedy legitimized his campaign and opened many doors of the party faithful—and ruling class financial backers.
A mild critic of the Iraq war, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize even before being sworn in to office.
His relatively brief political career, first in the Illinois legislature, and then as a U.S. Senator, showed convincing liberal credentials. The “left” that dabbles in Democrat politics became giddy as they started comparing Obama to their patron saint Franklin Delano Roosevelt and speculated about what their new hero might accomplish in his First Hundred Days.