A Majority of Americans (Including Both OWS and the Tea Party) AGREE on the Most Important Issues … We Just Don’t Realize It

 

I have repeatedly demonstrated that – despite the false divide-and-conquer tactics of the mainstream parties and mainstream media – the overwhelming majority of Americans agree on the most important issues facing our country. And see this.

NO MORE BAILOUTS!

As I’ve noted since 2008, Americans are united in their overwhelming disapproval for bailouts to the big banks.

This has remained true right up to today.

As Rassmussen found only last month (as summarized by KXLF news):

Today’s Rasmussen Reports survey finds that most Americans don’t like bailouts for financial institutions.

60% Oppose Financial Bailouts; 74% Say Wall Street Benefited Most

Survey of 1,000 American Adults

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Just 20% think it was a good idea for the government to provide bailout funding to banks and other financial institutions, but 60% say otherwise.

• While many activists try to link the Republican Party and Wall Street, Republicans think the bailouts were a bad idea by an eight-to-one margin.

• Those not affiliated with either major party think they were a bad idea by a four-to-one margin. Democrats are much more evenly divided. Thirty-four percent (34%) of those in the president’s party say the bailouts were a good idea while 42% disagree.

• Overall, 68% believe that most of the bailout money went to the very people who created the nation’s ongoing economic crisis, but 12% disagree and 21% aren’t sure.

As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent notes, the recent proposal from lobbyists to the American Bankers Association recommending ways to co-opt the Occupy movement accurately stated:

Well-known Wall Street companies stand at the nexus of where OWS protestors and the Tea Party overlap on angered populism. Both the radical left and the radical right are channeling broader frustration about the state of the economy and share a mutual anger over TARP and other perceived bailouts. This combination has the potential to be explosive later in the year when media reports cover the next round of bonuses and contrast it with stories of millions of Americans making do with less this holiday season.

(Except that it is the majority of Americans – not “extremists” on either side of the aisle – that share this anger).

The “Tea Party” movement was centered on the protesting government bailouts of the giant banks, before it was hijacked by the mainstream Republican party, Sarah Palin, Neocons and others. See this, this, this, this and this.

Ron Paul said last month at a GOP debate:

Bailouts came from both parties…. If you have to give money out, you should give it to people losing their mortgages, not to the banks.

And one of the most common sayings of Occupy Wall Street protesters is:

Banks got bailed out. We got sold out

(See this and this.)

END CRONY CAPITALISM!

Ron Paul and Occupy Wall Street both demand an end to crony capitalism.

I noted last year:

A Rassmussen poll conducted in February found:

70% [of all voters] believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.

(and see this).

Remember that the government helped and encouraged the giant banks to get even bigger, and then has hidden their insolvency and shielded them from the free market, and helped them grow even during the severe downturn.

In return, the big banks and giant corporations have literally bought and paid for the politicians.

Conservatives might call it “socialism” and liberals might call it “fascism” – they are the same thing economically.

But all Americans – conservatives and liberals alike – can agree that it is not capitalism, and it is not American.

PROSECUTE WALL STREET FRAUD!

I pointed out a year ago:

Liberals tend to believe that the public should be protected against harm, while conservatives tend to believe that people should be left free to buy what they want.

Too far apart to ever agree?

No. Conservatives believe that people must be held responsible for their actions and punished for their transgressions. Indeed, some 82% of the American public wants tougher regulation of Wall Street.

Moreover, even for those who don’t like the government sticking its nose in our business, liberals and conservatives agree that if a company chooses to make a representation about something, it can be sued if it is a lie. In other words, all Americans agree that fraud laws should be enforced against everyone from the homeowner who fills out a mortgage application on a small house to the head of a giant bank who makes false statements about the bank’s balance sheets and the quality of it’s investments.

Everyone agrees that financial scammers must be tried and put in prison.

Indeed, Rasmussen found last month:

Two-out-of-three Americans (66%) believe the federal government has not been aggressive enough in pursuing possible criminal behavior by some Wall Street bankers, but 10% don’t feel that’s true and 25% are not sure.

Economists agree.

END – OR AT LEAST REIN IN – THE FEDERAL RESERVE!

As I pointed out last month, Americans are not happy with the Federal Reserve:

CNN notes:

“We are seeing a level of enthusiasm for Ron Paul that can be compared with President Obama in 2008″, said Eric Brakey, Media Coordinator for NYC Liberty HQ, the grassroots organization hosting the rally for the candidate. “Congressman Paul’s youth support is different now than it was during his last presidential campaign. It’s more organized and it’s picking up steam and continues to grow”.

As the longtime congressman from Texas stepped onto the stage, the crowd screamed with enthusiasm. The audience’s biggest reaction came when he spoke about ending the Federal Reserve. “The country has changed in the last four years, but my message hasn’t changed” Paul said. “The country is ripe for a true revolution”.

At least 75% of the American people want a full audit of the Fed, and most were against reconfirming Bernanke.

Indeed, as Bloomberg noted last December:

A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation’s independent central bank, saying the U.S. Federal Reserve should either be brought under tighter political control or abolished outright, a poll shows.

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Americans across the political spectrum say the Fed shouldn’t retain its current structure of independence. Asked if the central bank should be more accountable to Congress, left independent or abolished entirely, 39 percent said it should be held more accountable and 16 percent that it should be abolished. Only 37 percent favor the status quo.

Economists agree.

RESPECT THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR LIBERTY!

As I noted in September, Americans want our freedom back:

Americans have become much less tolerant of the wholesale destruction of our constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism.

As Talking Points Memo notes:

On the eve of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Pew Research Center has released new data on Americans’ reaction to the attacks, and the foreign and national security policies pursued in the post 9/11 era. They show a country with views that have evolved on the relationship between civil liberties and the tools given to government to fight terrorism, and a disbelief that the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped to lessen the chance there will be another terrorist attack on the United States.

The Pew survey showed a large shift in the number of Americans who are willing to see some of their civil liberties go out the window in the name of fighting terrorism. Directly after 9/11, Americans were willing to make the deal, as 55 percent thought it was necessary, against 35 percent who felt the opposite. Now, only 40 percent felt that giving up some civil liberties is necessary to curb terrorism, with 54 percent against.

END PERPETUAL WAR!

Americans want to put a stop to perpetual warfare:

Ron Paul is [partly] gaining popularity because he is against the never-ending War On Terror, and wants to bring the troops home. Americans are sick of the never-ending, ever-creeping war. See this, this and this.

As Talking Points Memo reported earlier this month:

“…Only about a quarter say the wars in Iraq (26%) and Afghanistan (25%) have lessened the chances of terrorist attacks in the United States,” the Pew report reads. “In both cases majorities say the wars either have increased the risk of terrorism in this country or made no difference.”

Top American military leaders agree, saying that the war on terror has weakened our national security.

And a CBS News poll from November 11th found:

  • Three-quarters of Americans support US withdrawal from Iraq.
  • Two-thirds of Americans believe the Iraq War was not worth fighting.
  • Half of Americans oppose US involvement in Libya.
  • More than half of Americans want to end the war in Afghanistan.
  • Seventy per cent of Americans do not support military intervention to change dictatorships into democracies.
  • 55% of Americans say Iran can be contained via diplomacy.
  • Only 15% of Americans support military intervention in Iran.

MAKE ELECTIONS FAIR!

I noted last year that Americans want fair elections:

All Americans agree that … there should be free and fair elections. That is why – according to ABC News and the Washington Post – 80 percent of all Americans oppose the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing unlimited campaign contributions. Americans understand that – unless we take the flood of money out of elections – Washington will represent special interests, and not us.

And we all agree on publicly verifiable, automatically audited paper ballot elections with reasonable ID requirements, so that we assured that no party can manipulate electronic voting results.

KEEP POISON OUT OF OUR FOOD AND WATER!

I noted last year that Americans want safe food and water:

Americans want to be free to live our lives without being poisoned. We agree on safe food, clean water and a healthy environment.

For example, polls show:

IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE ON THESE CORE ISSUES, WHY AREN’T OUR DEMANDS BEING HEARD?

If Americans from across the spectrum agree, why aren’t these desires being implemented by our politicians?

Because our politicians are bought and paid for … lock, stock and barrel.

And the powers-that-be are good at using the age-old divide and conquer trick to keep us weak, divided and fighting at each others’ throat … instead of for what we actually want.

But ultimately, the main reason that we are impotent is that we don’t realize that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the same things we do.

Indeed, most Americans – conservatives and liberals – are fed up with both the mainstream Republican and Democratic parties. This is not surprising, given that neither party is addressing the core demands of the American people as a whole.

Sure, liberals and conservatives will always disagree on some things. But if we realized how many core beliefs we share, we would unite to take our country back from those who disagree with fundamental American values.

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  • http://maineartists.us/ Don Robertson

    I am in Maine. In Maine we have a new governor, Governor Paul LePage, who was swept into office as a “Tea Party” Republican candidate. I donated $10 to his campaign, my first-ever political campaign contribution.

    Paul LePage’s campaign promises were to make Maine run more efficiently, to end the ubiquitous waste of taxpayer dollars, end state government obstruction that is hindering Maine’s economy, and, for the burgeoning and commonly arrogant bureaucracy in the State of Maine, he made it clear he would put their feet to the fire. He is doing a great job and his popularity numbers are up significantly.

    The most important political issue for me is, leaving a legacy of much smaller government footprint for the enhancement of the future. I am not looking for economic growth. I am looking to cut the size of government in half, if it is impossible to cut it by two-thirds. That approach is the approach most likely to provide for a better standard of living in the future, -regardless what economic growth prospects might provide.

    There is too much government is my impression. And that government that there is, has historically only done what is politically expedient.

    Maine’s bureaucracy grew by leaps and bounds under our former Governor, John E. Baldacci, who upon leaving office immediately took a $157,000 job with the DOD in Washington D.C. under Barack Obama. John Baldacci is most famous for his statement in his annual address as Governor, saying, “I feel your pain,” while he was raising taxes, increasing and expanding fees, running-up the state debt, and hiring legions of very high-priced bureaucrats into our state government.

    The federal government has grown by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama. No where has the federal government looked to cut back or even check the growth of bureaucracy. And now they are telling us there is no money…

    This is my famous portrait of Paul R. LePage -Governor of Maine

    Just click on the little Maine girl who is also in the portrait.

    http://maineartists.us/MaineCities-Towns/Limestone.MaineArtists.US/Artists/DonRobertson/GovLePagePortrait/Scan-3aaa.HTML

    Don Robertson
    Limestone, Maine

  • Wblogreader

    Smaller government was easier before nuclear weapons, quickening technologies, and the expanding world population on a limited environment (Spaceship Earth). I think we have to learn to live together in this world, where we can so easily isolate ourselves all day long. But to have a welcomed class of leaders and technocrats will take publicly funded elections to allow more mainstream folks to have a fair race against the current sociopaths. We currently have taxation without representation, when Rhode Island has 2 senators and more populous states have only the same. Without getting the politicians to be more representative of the people, large inequalities will continue to exist, which is not good for a society. A balance between freedom of the individual and the regulation of society is the ideal. [It might be too late since corporations have all the rights of humans, but with limited liability.]

    At least I hope we will start down the right road before it is too late…see: out of control nanotechnology, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence (a la Terminator) as mentioned by Bill Joy for another path to our spaceship’s destruction. Ray Kurzweil comments here on nanotech: http://www.kurzweilai.net/testimony-of-ray-kurzweil-on-the-societal-implications-of-nanotechnology back in 2003 trying to balance a needle on a thread.

    May you live long and prosper.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Very nice, comprehensive post.

    You ask: “IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE ON THESE CORE ISSUES, WHY AREN’T OUR DEMANDS BEING HEARD?”

    Because the people are not the government (“of the people, by the people, for the people”).

    When the right wing uses the term “government” it means everything but the military. They want the military to be substantially in control, even though that is already the case. Thus, it is just a mantra to get a message across.

    We have a government that is ideologically a plutocracy, commercially a plutonomy, domestically a police-secretocracy, and the odds are that it will double down on that fail.

  • http://www.starlarvae.org StarLarvae

    Ron Paul can audit the Federal Reserve until the cows come home, and nothing will come of it. The partial audit already conducted revealed that the Fed originated $16 trillion or so for U.S. and foreign banks and other corporations. Nothing came of it, because the Fed did nothing illegal. All of the Fed’s nefarious actions are perfectly legal. Everything the Fed does it is allowed to do by the Federal Reserve Act, with its numerous amendments.

    Notice that Ron Paul does not talk about amending the Act so as to strip the Fed of any particular authority. Why does he not introduce such legislation? Is he part of the controlled opposition?

    Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxU8bqXHn8 and skip to the one-hour mark, and pay attention.

    Until the law is amended, the Fed operates within the law and so is immune to punitive actions. C’mon Representative Paul, put your legislative pen where your mouth is. De-fang the Fed.

  • roy harris

    man can not govern himself. look at jistory. read the bible.

    it is necessary to remove the incentives for a person to become a career politician.

    i believe if my ideas are followed, many problems will be so9lved.

    here we go:

    1) cut the salaries of all elected officials in half.

    2) one term for representatives, senators and the president.

    3) no pensions upon leaving government.

    4) all members must contribute to theeir health benefits.

    5) institute some kind of “test” to qualify people for office, to insure that people who serve, want to contribute to the good of society and try to solve socity’s problems.

    • Valerie

      I like it, been saying the same for a couple of years.

  • roy harris

    i apologize for all the typos (spelling errors), my bad.

  • ed

    Ah,the conflagration of government and big business : FASCISM AT IT’S FINEST HOUR!

  • Kevin Beck

    The populace has to also recognize that the media establishment does a major role in minimizing the potential impact of “outsider” candidates. This takes several forms:

    1. Stating that such candidates “have no chance of winning;”
    2. Labeling outsiders as “nut jobs” who are “out of the mainstream;”
    3. Making certain that the statist viewpoint is always expressed in their reports, and giving that viewpoint the positive spin;
    4. Always requiring that the viewpoints of non-statists be matched against the viewpoints of a statist;
    5. Adopting the idea that all regulation is good, and that a reduction of regulations in any area of our lives will be catastrophic (“If we roll back any part of the Clean Air Act, then we support dirty air.”).

    These are just some of the extreme examples of how our media watchdogs have been taken in by the forces of statism. A wholesale clearing-out of these establishment minions would certainly make the nation a better place.

    • Valerie

      Absolutely. The media is a HUGE problem. And I agree we don’t need more rules, the regulations we do have just need to be enforced upon everyone equally. We already have more regulations than we need, but NO ONE enforces them unless it benefits them, not us.

  • http://www.westcoastladybugs.com RUSS, CALIFORNIA

    Hi!, Fellow Voters Of America Lost:

    Not long ago a request for a political contribution was received signed supposedly by Mrs. Obama. A self address, stamped envelope allowed me to send back the following message which isn’t all we’re concerned about but it was part of our message to our politicians which read: I remember when my $ would purchase 3 lbs. of hamburger which today costs me more than $3/lb. When you get my hamburger back to 3 lbs. for a $, I’ll send you my contribution OK? Sincerely: RUSS SMITH

    RUSS, CALIFORNIA

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.ainsworth Patrick Ainsworth

    Please everyone who reads this -sign my petition for mortgage fairness- bank and servicing illegality has damn near wrecked the economy,as well as causing some Americans to lose their homes.If we stand together we can put ethics back in the mortgage business!

 

 

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