Not that we really needed an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll to tell us this stuff:
More people than ever before in the history of the greatest exceptional g-d-blessed nation that the world has never known now think that their children will be worse off than they are. The magic number is three-quarters, or 76% (as an aide-memoire for the pop quiz, just remember the magical year that the Declaration of Independence was signed, 1776).
Also for the first time, most Americans now believe that record wealth disparity
is a driver of the lousy economy. And for one more time in a whole series of many
times, most Americans blame their elected officials for the perpetuation
of the chronic lousiness. But in a deviation, more people are now including their own particular pork-barrel pols in the despised category.
Despite the vaunted recovery (of the One Percent) two-thirds of us still feel mired in a recession. Forty per cent of us report that at least one member of our family has lost a job in the past five years. Most of us feel that the country is in decline.
So, while Americans are bummed, their disaffection does have a healthy basis in reality. It's what they call an exogenous depression. It's a malady caused by outside forces. Therefore, these polls are actually a faint sign of hope: the majority of people at least are correct about the root causes.
The people win when the people refuse to blame themselves, despite the best efforts of the propagandists of Bootstrapville.
It even sounds like the "folks" are morphing from depression into anger and actually directing their rage at all the right culprits.
Whether the people can resist the usual "divide and conquer" tactics commonly used by our leaders whenever the national mood turns sour and their power is threatened remains to be seen.
Do we turn against each other when politicians manipulate such hot button issues as immigration, or do we embrace solidarity and finally turn against our common plutocratic enemy?
Never say never. Strange things happen.