Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Divisions Continue

A CNN/ORC Poll conducted by telephone January 12-15 among a random national sample of 1,000 adults reveal that American citizens are almost evenly divided on whether the policies President Trump has proposed will move our country in the right direction or the wrong direction.

The poll suggests the deep political divisions that drove the 2016 presidential campaign; between men and women, whites and racial minorities, those holding college degrees and those without and rural residents and those in more urban areas continue are not going away.

President Trump's approval rating for handling the transition is almost 30 points higher among rural residents than it is among urbanites.  It’s nearly 20 points higher among men than women, and among whites than non-whites.  Trump’s approval rating is 13 points higher among whites without degrees than among those who completed college.

Vice President, Mike Pence, holds a favorability rating of 40 percent favorable to 37 percent unfavorable.  However among Democrats, Pence earns higher marks than Trump, 16 percent consider the VP as favorably vs. 9 percent of Democrats that prefer Trump.

In my opinion, this division began on January 20, 2009, when President Obama was first sworn in.  Robert Draper’s book reported that Republicans held a meeting at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where they planned to block every single thing he wanted to accomplish as president and to make his presidency a failure.

After Obama was inaugurated the second time, there was a similar meeting by Republicans to plan their second term anti-Obama strategy.  The second term anti-Obama strategy was to shutdown the government.  The meeting was led by Reagan era attorney general, Ed Meese, and their plan was that there would be no funding of the federal government unless Obama agreed to repeal health care reform.


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