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A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll discovered that most people don't know what the Republican party acronym 'GOP' stands for. I wasn't too surprised by that. It's not that important. For the record, 'GOP' stands for 'Greed Over People' (source: MSNBC).
A new poll is much more disturbing. Pew Research found that most Americans aren't paying attention to their own government. We The People don't even seem to know who's running for President in 2012:
Political junkies keeping track of the GOP presidential horserace probably know the candidates by first name only: Mitt, Rick, Michele and so on.
But a new Pew Research Center survey finds only small percentages of Americans can name any of the 2012 Republican candidates. When asked to name a person running for the nomination, only 28% identified Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 27% named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and 15% identified Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
All of the other candidates got results in the single digits. Forty-seven percent of Americans couldn't name any candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination.
Those numbers are far lower than when the name question was asked in October 2007. At that time, 45% of respondents named former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a candidate, while 30% identified Romney and 27% named then Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. In that survey, 41% of respondents couldn't name a candidate.
Among Republicans voters, name recognition is slightly higher. Sixty-six percent of Republican and Republican leaning voters could name a candidate. Perry and Romney had the highest name recognition, each with 36% of respondents identifying them as candidates.
If you want to know how our government gets away with bloody murder, how it lies, cheats, and steals from us every day of the week, this is how - We The People aren't paying attention. The ignorance of the American people is more offensive than usual right now, considering that America's future is on the line. We're drowning in debt. Unemployment is over 9%. We've lost our lead in manufacturing. Half the citizens are dependent on the government. Government is expanding into every area of life. Government is consuming nearly half of GDP as the normal course of things. We have no idea how we are going to pay for future entitlements. We're actually selling our country off piece by piece. We're fighting wars....and it seems the America people are too busy playing Grand Theft Auto IV to notice.
As a libertarian (mostly), I'm used to people not knowing anything about the libertarian movement ("them liberalarians are like Republicans, but they smoke dope and want anarchy, right ?"), but it's more troubling when people don't know anything about the two major political parties, because the Big Two are in power, actively running this country into the ground. We currently have a President who thinks borrowing money from China is a smart economic stimulus strategy. That's a four alarm political fire, but the American people can't be bothered.
Maybe this country deserves to go down the crapper.
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too...retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, must...be contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance.
This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering... And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." - Thomas Jefferson