Friday, March 7, 2014

The Irrelevance Of Low Approval Rating

     Some on the Right are given solace by a recent Fox News poll that shows President Obama's approval rating at the lowest level of his presidency, a George W. Bush-like thirty eight percent. And while some conservatives are gleeful over Barack Obama's low popularity, I am disappointed that they are seemingly clueless that, in the words of Hillary Clinton at her infamous Benghazi hearing, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
     My fellow conservatives, and others on the Right, must realize that Barack Obama is not running for anything again, so low poll numbers mean nothing. Some may say that with low poll numbers the president, any president, can not muster support for his agenda in congress. As he has so brazenly stated many times, President Obama does not need the support of congress to advance his agenda. Between the Affordable Care Act and Financial Reform legislation, he has the bones of a government monster that he can infuse with eternal life with the help of bureaucracies that now make laws. Add to this formula the president's unbridled willingness to use executive orders, and the democracy of Jefferson and Madison lies struggling for breath under the heavy boot of tyranny.
     ObamaCare was passed by Democrats in congress as a 2,000 page behemoth piece of legislation, but has grown to over 20,000 pages with regulations added by the Department of Health and Human Services and other bureaucracies. Financial reform, also known as Dodd/Frank, has similarly been made obese by laws masquerading as regulations passed by bureaucrats and not by the people's representatives in congress, per the constitution. And if President Obama does not need congress, he certainly does not need the approval of the American people. So approval ratings and job performance reviews by the citizens of this country are completely irrelevant at this point in his tenure.
       Another reason that low approval ratings for Barack Obama do not matter is that they virtually go unreported by the media. I remember during the second term of George W. Bush, when his approval rating dropped below forty percent, it was headline news every day in the main stream media. Which in itself is illustrative of media bias, disproving those who say there is none.
     In the words of Aldous Huxley, it is a "brave new world." A world in which a community organizer slacker has "fundamentally transformed" a representative republic into a bureaucratic oligarchy. And far from being opposed and fought until the dying breath, this oligarchy has been joined by members of the "opposition" party who care more about poll numbers and elections than they do about girding their loins in the battle for liberty.

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