Changing Trends In American Politics: what in the world is going on in this nation?
a speech by Louis Harris
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Louis Harris, the public opinion analyst, found in 1994 that people were getting more cynical by the year, with confidence in U.S. government, U.S. Presidents, the courts, Congress, the press, TV news and organized religion seriously waning. He talked about conservative talk shows being out of touch with the feelings and values of mainstream America. He stated the fact that 35 percent of all our kids today don’t expect to be allowed to grow old because somehow guns will probably get them.
Chart: school slayings
“Our study showed this is not dominantly an inner city problem, and is just as serious in the suburbs as in central cities. The boys are mainly the hunters and the girls feel mainly they are the hunted.” He found that people in communities want real community and care deeply about their common problems, and have finally become convinced that unless they themselves go to work on them, no one else will do it—not government, politicians, agencies or anyone else.
Quit looking to social engineering superheroes and rely on local community efforts instead
And that was very good news! The sooner we quit looking to social engineering superheroes and rely on local community efforts and resources, the sooner the statistics bemoaning all the symptoms can report an upward turn in social indexes and the sooner the society becomes something that empowers rather than victimizes.
However, politicians will continue lying and posturing and caterwauling so they can get elected and pretend to act like leaders when the truth is they're mostly parasites out for themselves representing only the corporatocracy.
The desires of the constituents that politicians represent are often irrelevant and usually secondary to special interests