The “Dissatisfied Index”

I’ve assembled several random paragraph below – all they have in common is dissatisfaction.

Following polls is maddening. When people say they approve of something – Obama, Romney, Congress, Marilyn Monroe, bubble gum, whatever – polls can certainly track the ebb and flow of popularity, but they don’t tell us much about what people do prefer. This comes to play especially in politics. Obama’s (or whoever or whatever’s) popularity may be low at any time, but this number measures those who want him to lean further left plus those who want him to lean further right. This fact allows both sides to justify their case. One more excuse for polarizing.

I see that the Right is beginning to rally around Romney. The Dallas pastor that publically said Romney wasn’t a Christian has now endorsed him. He said he still doesn’t think he’s a Christian, but “he espouses biblical principles, such as the sanctity of life. And Obama does not, though he may be Christian.” Thus, the Right is so dissatisfied with Obama that they will rally around a non-Christian. How much irony is in all this?!? What does this imply for the Dominionists? These are the people who want to populate our government with true Christians. So policy really is more important than a faith test? Shocking!

Many people make voting decisions on bacon. That is, whether a politician can deliver a favor to the voters or donors. I object. Where is the wisdom, the principle in that?

This Secret Service prostitution scandal will undoubtedly lower Obama in the polls. However, it is more indicative of the problems within the permanent government. The permanent government is why military and foreign policy does not change radically with a new President. These people are not elected, but employed. They may be accountable to the President, but the advantage of their experience often outweighs any cause to change the culture.

Some say the 99% movement is just a bunch of complainers, jealous of the success of others. While we can measure the success of entitlement programs and assemble case studies, and justify their existence to taxpayers, it is much more difficult to study and regulate the behavior of corporate raiders. Changes like the ones needed begin with talk of problems, then move to shareholders and consumers. If that doesn’t work, then the voters and government can step in.


About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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