Step into the PlanetPOV TARDIS and we’ll take you far back in time to a distant past, back to a time beyond memory…one…month…ago!
Back in those crazy old days, Americans were fearful of being wiped out by Ebola, blown up by ISIS and overrun by uncastrated hogs. You had to be there but it was a scary time for Americans and they knew that only if they didn’t vote, could they be safe from all that threatened them.
And so, the number of eligible voters who we assume were shivering with fear underneath their blankets and thus unable to vote, allowed a small minority to elect many Republicans nationwide (an average of around 18% of eligible voters nationally voted for Republicans and got them elected).
Contradicting the sweet Strawberry Shortcake persona their party has always enjoyed, Republicans immediately claimed that their victory was a rejection of Obama and all of his policies and an affirmation that America wants Republicans to continue trying to get rid of and cut everything they depend on so wealthy people can have their taxes cut.
Though such a declaration seems obvious, the latest national approval polls seem surprisingly in direct opposition to this claim. Here are the two latest polls, one from Gallup and one from Rasmussen (Gallup leaning Republican typically and Rasmussen falling hard on its right side consistently), on Obama’s approval ratings:
Rasmussen: 48 51
Gallup 45 50
(11/28 – 11/30)
And here are the latest approval numbers for Congress (with Republican control of The House and through the filibuster, virtual control over The Senate):
The Economist/YouGov 14 64
(11/22 – 11/24)
FOX News 13 81
(10/25 – 10/27)
CBS News 14 76
(10/23 – 10/27)
Clearly, all of these polls were manipulated by a false flag operation, probably the same government agents who brought down the Twin Towers on 9/11 and hypnotized the world into believing that George Bush invaded Iraq over weapons of mass destruction (the “invasion of Iraq” was done with scale models, CGI, stop motion animation and very convincing sock puppets).
To think otherwise and lend any credence to these polls would be to foolishly argue that when 18% of voters get to elect politicians, that it only represents a small and unrepresentative minority of voters. That’s just crazy talk! Anyone who rightly has animosity towards scientists, facts and mathematics, as good Republicans do, believes this basic ‘rithmatic:
18% > 83%
It’s true, 18% is greater than 83%…when most of that 83% doesn’t vote.
Using that same figurin’, Obama’s 48% approval is less than Republican Congresspeople’s 14% because…he’s a Marxist, socialist dictator who’s a wimp. Just because 34% more of Americans approve Obama over Republicans in Congress (yes, Democrats are included in that Congress number too but they aren’t claiming a mandate), that doesn’t mean anyone has to believe in polls that contradict what they want to believe (I never saw that in The Constitution!).
So Republicans have every right to claim that the election was a statement of support for them by the majority of the American People and a rejection of Obama…the Supreme Court has already ruled that lying is protected under the 1st Amendment and all that Republicans are trying to do is strengthen the 1st Amendment.
Why does support appear to be rising for Obama (even though we know from the corporate news media that it can’t be)? Well, maybe when the nation is gearing up for and having an election and for more than an entire year, the one theme for a party to promote their candidates is hating on The President and blaming him for everything and anything bad that happens including deadly diseases that could have become epidemics but didn’t or terrorist attacks and beheadings that haven’t happened in America but could, people might start feeling a little more negative about their President.
But what about after Election Day when all the hate-porn has been tossed in the electoral trash bin? Might people again think for themselves and realize that since the Ebola/ISIS/Apocalypse hysteria dissolved into nothingness, it probably isn’t something that they should be resentful about anymore when they think of Obama? Especially considering that the majority of Americans support most of his policies over the Republicans.
Too many nitwits say they support the immigration policy Obama’s pursuing with his Executive Order (50% of Americans approve, 22% say it doesn’t go far enough so 77% of Americans support it and more) while opposing his using an Executive Order to accomplish it (Hey Nitwits! How do you think ANY policy on immigration can be implemented with a House and soon a Senate controlled by The Party of No? Smarten up!).
And though the polling numbers for “Obamacare” continue to be low thanks to the GOP and allies smearing the name itself as awful, the majority of Americans support nearly every provision in it (Nitwits….yes, I’m looking at you again!).
Americans broadly support marriage equality, increasing the minimum wage and ending tax loopholes and subsidies for the wealthy and corporations. They support Medicare and Social Security continuing as the government entities they are, gun control, campaign finance laws and choice and equality for women.
The Republicans oppose all the above and the majority of the American people’s views but because they come from solidly Republican districts or states, they feel insulated from that reality.
The hubris of Republicans is punctured every four years in Presidential elections, when they have to deal with more Americans voting their POVs but their hubris is inflated every four years in off year elections when far less Americans vote and their frenzied base comes out to claim a greater amount of voting power than they should have.
Here’s the thing. Just because a cat sticks its head under the bed and can’t see anything, doesn’t mean everything suddenly ceases to exist. So just because the Republicans won a majority of elections last month with an historic low in voter turnout, it doesn’t mean the views of the majority of Americans have changed. In fact, with the end of the negative campaign aimed solely at Obama, Obama’s numbers look to be recovering and rising. Meanwhile, how are the numbers for the Congressional Republicans who claim they have a mandate? Well, they continue to have a mandate from 13%-14% of all Americans so you can’t argue, that is a mandate from them.
Majority, schmajority, who needs it if you can win elections anyway?!
So in January, when the new Congress is sworn in and the Republican Propaganda Machine (okay, I’ll call Fox News by its “official” name) and Republican politicians march in lock step spouting all their anti-Obama, pro-Republican and expensively market-researched words and phrases verbatim (like parrots with only a right wing), just remember that 86% of Americans don’t support them and Obama has more than three times the support from Americans that they do.
Then if all follows the pattern and things go well for the American people and Democrats in 2016 as they should, the Republicans will again have their heads under their beds and not able to see anything else, will assume reality doesn’t exist so they will be just as bewildered by their losses in the 2016 election as they were in 2012 (how can one not smile a bit at Romney thinking all the polls were wrong and he was going to win? Not to mention Rove’s tantrum over Ohio being called for Obama? Very amusing!).
Republicans just can’t help themselves, for them it’s all about spiking the football in the end zone when they’ve run in a touchdown on a Quarterback Sneak…even though there wasn’t even a full team playing against them…and with no awareness that the real competition doesn’t even start until the following game.
And you can’t win a game like this, with a bigger team of voters opposing you, when you only run on the far right wing.