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I’m not angry with Washington D.C. The media and certain politicians are making a big deal of the anger with Washington or the Establishment. Perhaps I should be angry.

I am not the only one who isn’t angry. In looking at the chart above, only 25% of Americans are very angry. This is down from a high of 35% in 2008. 75% of Americans are not very angry. In late September of 2015, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that  44 percent were angry at the political system they feel works only for wealthy and powerful insiders, instead of helping ordinary people to get ahead. Twenty-eight percent felt anxious and uncertain about their own economic situation. Twenty percent felt neither. 

I am frustrated by many things. Our federal government tries to do too much. When they do, they don’t do many of them very well. Just look at the Affordable Care Act or the Veterans Administration, for example. Our health care insurance is now a mess and our veterans can’t get good care most days. The constitution leaves most of this up to the state and local government. Too much of that power has been given away to the federal level.

I do want change. Change is good but painful. We should focus our efforts at changing things not being angry about them.

I do want things to improve. Besides change, even some level of improvement would help.

Those who are angry with Washington are pursuing a vague generality. It is similar to the vague “they”. As in “they” did X. Who is “they”? We ought to require people to name who is “the establishment”.

Our republic was set up to separate powers. This is a good thing most days. So that one party doesn’t control the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Executive Office of the President is what should be normal. It protects us from crazy things like Obamacare.

Representatives I have voted for and are in D.C. are effectively voting on things I agree with. I am fortunate in that respect but I voted for Ted Cruz and he is doing what he said he would when he ran for the Senate. My congressman is conservative as wll.

Some people elected in other states aren’t doing so well. But that has changed a lot.

Obama’s two victories were painful setbacks, but in the Obama era the Democrats lost 13 U.S. Senate seats, 69 House seats, 913 legislative seats, 11 governorships and 30 legislative chambers. All that stood between Republicans and real reform at the federal level was the White House — and the Democrats are sleepwalking toward nominating the least popular major player in American politics.

Source: Mona Charen

I am embarrassed by President Obama. I didn’t vote for him but enough people did twice that he is our President. That is the way things work. I can’t be angry about that. We (the American people) got what we asked for in this case.

I want Republicans and conservatives to maintain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is important for our future.

I want a conservative President elected in 2016. That will seal the deal.

Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.

~King Solomon — Proverbs 14:29 (The Message Bible)

 

Here is some more about anger.

Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.

~Apostle Paul — Ephesians 4:26-27 The Message (MSG)

And consider this.

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

~James, brother of Jesus — James 1:19-21

Overview - 1

Trust is a whole different issue. While I am not really angry, I don’t want the government to do too much and I don’t trust them to do things well when they do so now.

The Pew Research Center tracks this very well. The chart to the right captures their findings.

Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20% would describe government programs as being well-run. And elected officials are held in such low regard that 55% of the public says “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems.

A new national survey by Pew Research Center, based on more than 6,000 interviews conducted between August 27 and October 4, 2015, finds that public attitudes about government and politics defy easy categorization. The study builds upon previous reports about the government’s role and performance in 2010 and 1998. This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support for the survey from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Overview - 4There is a difference between anger and trust. According the Pew Research data, the share of Republicans and Republican leaners saying they are angry with the government is not as high as in October 2013 (32% now, 38% then). Nonetheless, Republicans are nearly three times as likely as Democrats (12%) to say they are angry with the government. And among politically engaged Republicans and Democrats – those who vote frequently and follow politics on a regular basis – the gap is nearly four-to-one (42% to 11%).

Among both Democrats and Republicans, large majorities say they can seldom, if ever, trust the federal government (89% of Republicans, 72% of Democrats). While trust in government among Republicans has varied widely depending on whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House, Democrats’ views have shown far less change.

In Barack Obama’s six years as president, 13% of Republicans, on average, have said they can trust the government always or most of the time – the lowest level of average trust among either party during any administration dating back 40 years. During George W. Bush’s presidency, an average of 47% of Republicans said they could trust the government. By contrast, the share of Democrats saying they can trust the government has been virtually unchanged over the two administrations (28% Bush, 29% Obama).

Other general attitudes about the federal government have moved in a more negative direction over the past two decades. Nearly six-in-ten (59%) say the government needs “very major reform,” up from 37% in 1997 during the Clinton administration. Most of the change has come among Republicans – fully 75% say the government needs very major reform, up from 43% in 1997; among Democrats, 44% say the government needs sweeping reform, compared with 31% then.

Republicans also are far more likely than Democrats to say that the government is wasteful and inefficient (75% vs. 40% of Democrats) and to give the government a “poor” rating for how it operates its programs (50% vs. 18%).

Overview - 2Conservatives do see things differently. I am glad we do.

Only about a third of Republicans and Republican leaners see a major role for the federal government in helping people get out of poverty (36%) and ensuring access to health care (34%), by far the lowest percentages for any of the 13 issues tested. Fully 72% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the government should have a major role in helping people out of poverty, and 83% say it should play a major role in ensuring access to health care.

Moreover, while majorities of Republicans favor a major government role in ensuring a basic income for people 65 and older (59%), protecting the environment (58%) and ensuring access to high-quality education (55%), much larger shares of Democrats – 80% or more in each case – favor a large government role.

 

 

I don’t expect Washington D.C. or the political system to solve my problems. I am quite happy when they stay out of things.

Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes—it only makes things worse. Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God-investors will soon own the store.

~King David – Psalm 37:8-9

 

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