CNN has conducted a poll which shows that the Democrats might have a long, hard slog ahead of them in the Presidential elections, pretty much no matter who the Republican opponent is. At the end of the day, people want government to do a lot of different things for them, but the baseline for success for any government is protecting the citizenry from foreign invaders.
Americans, by and large, have felt more or less secure from foreign threats for a relatively long time, due to our fortuitous global position and our excellent military. Polling on the question, “Do you trust the United States government to keep you safe?” were thought to reach a nadir in 2006 when Iraq was in full scale meltdown, and only 59% of respondents answered this question “Yes.” This, of course, is one of the things that led to the Republicans getting trounced in both the 2006 and 2008 elections.
Turns out, the nadir of Bush’s presidency was no match for Obama’s recent run of indifference and incompetence, as now only 51% of Americans trust the Obama administration to keep them safe. A full 64% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the issue.
Even before this poll came out, of course, Obama was well aware that America doesn’t trust him to fight ISIS. According to him, he’s been doing great fighting ISIS, the problem is that you’ve been watching your TV news too much:
“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” he said in the NPR interview. “So I understand why people are concerned about it.”
“Look, the media is pursuing ratings,” he added later. “This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”
Apparently, the bad thing is not that terrorists are shooting up Paris, or San Bernardino, or blowing up planes over Egypt, or causing millions of people to flee the Middle East, or committing genocide against Christians in Syria. No, the problem is that the media puts these things on television and you see them. If only you would stop watching the news, you wouldn’t be so concerned about the fact that things are going so poorly with regards to the fight against terror.
With this kind of attitude, is it any wonder the President’s trust ratings have fallen in the toilet?