Rasmussen reports that Obama’s approval index (the difference between those who strongly approve and those who strongly disapprove) has hit the lowest point in his presidency and now stands at −22.
Obama missing in action on the Gulf oil spill and boneheaded moves like sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the border not to enforce immigration laws but to look for guns being smuggled from the U.S. to the Mexican drug lords (you know, all those machine guns, bazookas, and grenade launchers being sold to them by mom and pop gun stores in Arizona), must be part of the reason for his lowest ever overall approval rating of 43%. What are those National Guard troops going to do when they don’t find any smugglers moving weapons from the U.S. to Mexico?
The poll also shows some other numbers that harken ill for politicians and well for the rest of us.
Most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers,” observes Scott Rasmussen. Just 27% believe Congress knows what it’s doing when it comes to the economy and 41% say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress. In his new book [In Search of Self-Governance], Scott adds, “Some of us are ready to give up and some of us are ready to scream a little louder. But all of us believe we can do better.”
William f. Buckley once said he would rather be governed by one hundred people chosen at random from the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard Law School. Now the American people are beginning to see the wisdom in that statement. That is also the wisdom that to be gleaned from one of my favorite books, A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell. Maybe more Americans now share the “constrained vision” that such greats as F.A. Hayek and Ronald Reagan held, although neither ever described it in those words.