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Are the tides changing?

  1. Nov 18, 2005 #1
    Bush's approval rating has been dropping steadily for months now. At 34% approval, according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll, even once strong supporters are unhappy with his performance. His reaction has been to attack. Divide Americans more.
    It is just my opinion but this is political suicide. When the majority is with you and you engage in us -vs- them/with or or against me politics, you deepen the political divides, but you still maintain power. Doing so when you are in the minority has the same result, except you lose power.
    When the majority of people disagree with you in a democracy, and you call them irresponsible and reprehensible, they tend to disagree with you even stronger.
    I believe the impetus behind this fall is disastrous policy toward the ME.
    The Iraq war and the events leading up to it are now coming to light. And it is becoming harder and harder to deny the obvious.
    Here is the speech given by Congressman John Murtha.
    This is why I started the first WP thread. I looked at all the pictures of the soldiers who died and realized that the war was not personal.
    I think that it is becoming more and more personal
    [edit]oops, pasted the wrong url:blushing: [/edit]
     
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2
    THat's very clever of Murtha to compliment the AMerican people the way he does.

    Bush could learn about diplomacy from him.

    Rasmussen reports shows approval hovering around 43%, nowhere near the 34% your poll found. On the other hand, they (RR) say the democrats, overall, have a seven point margin above republicans at the moment. I don't know the details of that number. It sounds as though the democrats may gain some seats next year, however.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2005 #3
    When the republican leadership cannot win a vote in the house, you know you have problems.....

    though, those problems have been mounting for a while.....

    cheating on voice votes by calling victory for the republican leadership's position when it was clear the dissenters of that position won the voice vote (I saw it on CSPAN back a few months ago.. it was disgusting).

    Holding open a vote for 2 hours so Tom DeLay can go around threatening republicans to change their votes.

    this is a long time coming and the republicans are going to get a sore lesson.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2005 #4
    Can you check your link? It took me to a 2004 article.
     
  6. Nov 18, 2005 #5
    34% is from the question about the direction of the country.. not job approval.

    he was mistaken.

    what is more interesting, 41% strongly disapprove of bush.... that is a lot in such a strong position, and 19% only somewhat approve... those folks can change their minds easily. Bush might be another Truman, approval wise.
     
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  7. Nov 18, 2005 #6

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    Rollercoaster! Bush Approval Rating Drops Again

    http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1036

    One has to search Zobgy.com for more recent poll results.

    Bush needs to learn about democracy. He and his administration are NOT representing the people.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2005 #7
    Thank you for the lookout. I corrected the link.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2005 #8
    My husband occasionally argues (devil's advocate) that the point of democracy is not to represent the people but to lead the people and protect their interests.

    The argument goes something like this: We vote in people that we think will do the right thing for the country. If they were to bend to every whim that the population has, they may "represent the people" but they wouldn't be being true to what they ran on - and therefore why they were elected. We el;ect them based on what they say they will do, and so... in this democracy... there's something wrong if they don't then do it. Bush ran on (in part() "staying in Iraq til the job was done. "

    If he doesn't do that, he will be breaking campaign promises, and there will be no reason to even make campaign promises, etc etc etc... I trust you see the argument coming from this POV.

    Anyway, whether he learns about democracy or not, he could still learn about diplomacy. He's an embarassment.
     
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  10. Nov 18, 2005 #9

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    I know 'represents' is rather vague and broad.

    Perhaps a political leader should represent the 'interests of the people' - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Acually the political leaders are 'stewards' of the society/nation/community.

    Bush isn't. :grumpy: :mad:
     
  11. Nov 18, 2005 #10
    Still doesn't work for me. I go here when I click the link:

     
  12. Nov 18, 2005 #11
    Is that what he is doing in Iraq?

    Learning about democracy.

    This is IMO the major reason that Iraq is such a disaster. Because of his diplomatic failure, we are alone, viewed as occupiers, with targets painted on our soldiers.

    Why he cannot involve the world community is beyond me. The situation IMO will continue to deteriorate until we have a change in policy and leadership.
     
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