Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
Sometimes I become very agitated. I read and watch the news, and nothing ever seems to change. It’s as if this world is a living View-Master, with only so many possibilities. With every click, we go round and round, eventually finding ourselves looking at the same picture. It becomes tiresome to watch. Then—every once in a while—something changes; we get a new picture. I am beginning to see the new picture, and it is captivating.
According to a new Gallup poll, Obama’s economic approval rating has slipped to an abysmal 35%. Just two short months ago, his economic approval stood at 42%. A seven point drop in two months must mean something. What’s more, this precipitous fall came after the President went on an all-out economy themed tour.
On this tour, Obama said: “I care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s how to use every minute of the 1,276 days remaining in my term to make this country work for working Americans again.”
Why would Obama’s numbers drop so significantly in so short a time, and after he toured with such promises? Easy answer: because Americans are sick and tired of hearing promises, and seeing nothing as a result. Obama’s signature legislation—Obamacare—is tearing apart at the seams, the economy is fumbling greatly, and he just keeps on keeping on, saying the same things.
Now, we’re running on year five of Barack Obama’s Presidency. For five years, I’ve watched low-information voters push the button and get their treat over and over again. I’ve seen it for so long that I had begun to believe nothing could ever change. But this seemingly insignificant poll has me thinking twice.
Perhaps the weight of Obamacare and the IRS, NSA, and Benghazi scandals are beginning to weigh on the minds of the American people. Maybe this is the splash of cold water we needed to wake up. Regardless, I am happy to see movement in the downward direction, because it means something is happening. Gears are turning. Hopefully the gears will turn to the Right this time, and really get moving by 2016.
A persistently bad President has finally knocked hard enough to wake us up.