Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: What's Really Wrong With the Democrats?
There are scores of organizations that perform political polls all the time. Their methodology is vastly more sophisticated than anything I am capable of, but even I, a lowly programmer who is more concerned with the kind of statistics that have more to do on whether consumers will buy more of your toothpaste if you stamp "leaves your breath minty fresh!" compared to stamping it "feel the tingle!", knows that if you look at several of these polls, and average the results, you will smooth the numbers nicely to give you a fairly good idea of the truth. Using that method, one finds that Bush is up slightly, to an average of about 52%. So given a margin of error of 2.5, he could actually be as high as 54.5 or as low as 49.5. In any case, these polls show that Bush consistently pulls numbers that indicate a divided nation as he constantly hovers at the 50% point. Clinton and Reagan, despite close elections, immediately went back to high ratings. Even Bush I and Carter did not suffer from this malaise - they polled consistantly good numbers until near the end of there terms when events did not go their ways. Bush II is a whole different animal - the uniter-in-chief actually thrives upon division, and loves to put into play the divisive issues that keep us divided. The country is starting to look like it too - as we become a two class nation, of have and have nots - but why should that surprise anyone?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address