DISSASTISFACTION: THE LATEST POLLS, AND SOME THOUGHTSOctober 13, 2011
I was sent the following link by one of the readers of this website, and the results of the polls astound even me, bi-partisan detester of Dummycrooks and Republithugs that I am:
We may opine endlessly on the source of the dissatisfaction, but one thing stands out, and that is the clear bi-partisan disgust at the government, and its now all-too-palpable habit of completely ignoring the public good, to serve the special corporate interests that have bought it off. There are two things that the polls reproduced on Alex Jones' website do not seem to touch: (1) the Republithug presidential candidates' race, and (2) the historical period into which we are entering.
With respect to the Republithug race, we're seeing, I think, an interesting phenomenon at work, in that the field seems to be constantly shifting among leaders, indicating, perhaps, that even among the political right in the USA, there is no real satisfaction with any candidate. Yet too, Herman Cain's move into sudden prominence in recent weeks is another indicator that people are fed up with "politics" as usual, the politics represented by the Mitt Romneys and Rick Perrys of the field. Yet, the support even for Cain appears to be very soft, and the long race is not even begun in earnest.
But there is a deeper phenomenon at work, and we may, with due respect to Hegel, perhaps view these as the forces of "history", or Geistesgeschichte, namely, that we appear to be entering one of those five-hundred year changes, when technology itself is so rapidly transforming our institutions and society that previous paradigms are breaking down. I think this, too, is a factor at work. The old models of social prediction are breaking down, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the inability of polls and pollsters to make accurate assessments of what is really happening in the mind of the electorate.
This is reflected in the inability either of the political left or political right to make sense - within their old formulae - of the mood of the electorate. On the one hand, the left is correct: people are fed up with the runaway power of large brokerage houses, credit ratings agencies, and banks, and with the fact that the perpetrators of the financial meltdown not only got away scot-free, but are actually, and successfully, advocating more of the very same policies that led to the mess to fix the mess: just look at Europe. But on the other hand, the right is correct as well: introducing a massive "health" care bill has indeed stifled the real economic engines: small businesses, and borrowing more money from the banksters to "stimulate" the economy is simply more of the same nonsense that led to the mess. The Left is right: deregulated corporations and banks have shipped industry and manufacturing overseas, and led to bundles of fraudulent credit default swaps. The Right is right: dismantling capitalism won't fix the problem.
In short, what is missing in the American debate on the "fair and balanced" networks are the voices of the center, not the left, or the right. Americans are not angry at corporations, or even capitalism. They are angry at the tight, cartelism of the banks and brokerage houses that have given us this mess.