According to the latest survey conducted jointly by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), two of the most outstanding entities of the mainstream media, the American public has lost confidence in politicians, the political system, and other key institutions.
The poll reveals that approval for President Obama has, this month, reached an all-time low of 40%. However, only 19% of respondents held positive views of the Republican politicians.
The poll reveals alarming phenomena, especially for those who sponsored the research. It shows, for example, that nearly two out of three (62%) of those polled are dissatisfied with “America’s role in the world”. It also reveals that almost two-thirds of those polled (64%) express dissatisfaction with the “state of the US economy”. Three out of four (76%) of the people have no confidence that “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us,” Finally, over half (54%) of poll respondents believe that “the widening income gap between the wealthy and everyone else is undermining the idea that every American has the opportunity to have a better standard of living”.
Undoubtedly the starkest demonstration of popular rejection of the prevailing order in the nation is that 79% of the polled were dissatisfied with “the political system.”
The prominent American journalist and Marxist writer Zoltan Zigedy, analyzing this data, stresses that this shows there is a disconnection between the sentiments and desires of the masses and the actions and views of politicians and their media lackeys. “The US political system does not respect or reflect the popular will. That is just to say it does not function democratically and shows in the US we have what the media like to call a “failed state.”
It is a bitter irony that the US undemocratic leadership arrogantly postures as the guarantor of democracy to the rest of the world! The US government audaciously assumes the privilege of telling everyone else how to live and act, says Zigedy.
Perhaps nothing exposes the hypocrisy of US rulers like their tragic destruction of Iraq. Driven by a lust to control the fate of all oil reserves in the Middle East, and an intolerance of any regime that shows even a spark of defiance of US dictates, successive administrations have invaded, bombed, economically terrorized, invaded a second time, occupied and rekindled ethnic and religious animosities for over two decades, all in the name of fostering democracy. As a result, a once-stable state is now what the US media like to call a “failed state.”
Once, the word “democracy” had meaning for those living in the US, a connection –often slender, but a connection– with the interests and collective will of the majority of people, the masses. No rational person ever thought that democracy was perfect, complete, or absolute. But many drew hope from electoral promises to achieve democratic rule and democratic institutions.
“The democracy inherited from the colonial revolutionists served the bourgeoisie and its cohorts well and left the door cracked open for some truly democratic reforms (though the door was slammed shut when the danger of radical democracy arose),” Zigedy writes.
“But in the US today, the word “democracy” is used to deceive, cheat, and oppress. “Democracy” serves to mask an oligarchic regime employing a Gestapo-like surveillance of every citizen.”
“Democracy” seeks to legitimize a two-party system which produces one-party results. “Democracy” is bought and sold like any other commodity. And “Democracy” is the protector of wealth and power.
Zoltan Zigedy suggests that perhaps the D word, like the word “terrorist,” should be retired until sensible people with a principled commitment to popular rule can counter its defamation.
“Maybe the term “democracy” should be put on the shelf until a movement truly worthy of the name emerges,” he says.
Judging by the recent WSJ/NBC poll, the people are waiting for it.
August 30, 2014.
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs4163.html