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Hope Disappears, Change is Rejected
Janice Shaw Crouse
July 16, 2010
The administration is staring at numbers that are daunting: 62 percent of the public believes that the nation is headed in the wrong direction and the President’s disapproval rating is currently higher than his approval rating. Even worse, 17 percent of those who disapprove of the President are Democrats. But here is the two-fold bottom line in politics: Both the Washington Post and Politico report that the Democrats are so demoralized by Obama’s failures that it is hurting party fundraising, and there is a palpable lack of enthusiasm about the mid-term elections. Only 40 percent of those who voted for President Obama, contrasted with 71 percent of GOP voters, express “high interest” in the mid-term elections.
Overwhelming pessimism about America’s future and pervasive anxiety about whether the nation’s dismal economic prospects can be reversed are reverberating around the Internet and spilling out into the media. Partly, liberals’ discontent soured expectations relating to Barack Obama’s “hope and change” agenda. And it is much more than just the liberals; Americans in general have lost hope, and a majority of them reject the kind of change that Obama is foisting off onto the people against their will. The promise of the “first Black President” made many Americans, as well as foreigners, feel good about America’s future, where racial and socio-economic differences would at last become irrelevant as the nation moved beyond its past biases and prejudices. Now, those hopes have crashed against the President’s un-American reality.
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