The Gallup Organization has bad news and really bad news for us: faith in US institutions is crumbling:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions than they were a year ago, with significant declines for 11 of the 16 institutions tested and no improvements for any. The largest declines in confidence are 11 percentage points for the Supreme Court — as reported in late June before the court issued controversial rulings on gun laws and abortion — and 15 points for the presidency, matching the 15-point drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since the last confidence survey in June 2021.
While the percentage drop is significant (no d’uh!), look at the final numbers.
To me it’s more stark that Congress’ 5pt drop leaves them in single-digit territory (and peoples’ faith in Congress really dropped by nearly 50%, when you think about it), than President Handsome Joe Biden had a 15pt drop that leaving him in the 25% range.
To the degree that Democrats control the trifecta, this is good news for amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell who will no doubt exploit that.
Therefore our mission is making sure our friends and neighbors realize that the Senate is the part of Congress that has stopped all progress. It’s not making excuses, it’s stating the obvious fact that we need more Democrats in the Senate (and lessen the Manchinema obstruction). IF we can get 52+ Democratic Senators, we can fix a lot of our broken country. And IF we can keep the House.
That’s a big IF and all of this is an uphill climb. Quit your whining, ya mugs, and get to work!
Governor Jay Inslee (WA) notes that all is NOT lost:
“I can tell you that on the street, what you hear is a bubbling, seething cauldron of anger at the Republican Party for putting in these antediluvian judges who think they can take us back to the 18th century. My spidey sense and the polling indicate it’s going to help people decide not to vote for the red team.”
“From the suburbs of Philadelphia and Grand Rapids to more conservative territory in Nebraska, there are early signs that some voters who disapprove of Mr. Biden also increasingly believe that Republicans have gone too far to the right on a range of issues, particularly abortion…”
As Bill Nye said at the Aspen Ideas Festival about climate change:
“To be sure, recycling the bottles, don’t throw the plastic away [and] compost your compostable things … Start there. But if you want to do one thing about climate change: Vote.”
He’s absolutely right. If you think voting doesn’t work wait’ll you find out how effective not voting is!