The Great Divide, Part IIMay 28, 2008
Yesterday I posted about the divide between citizens and their elected officials. Today I want to talk about the divide between citizens and, well, themselves. Two recent Gallop polls reveal a strange contradiction in American thinking. A January 2008 poll about the "State of the Union" found that only 39 percent of Americans are satisfied with the "moral and ethical climate of the nation."
A few weeks later another Gallop poll about moral issues found that Americans now find divorce, gambling, sex outside marriage, out of wedlock births and the destruction of human embroys for research "morally acceptable." Each had increased in their support since 2001, some substantially.
So, lets get this straight. The more "tolerant" we become of what used to be considered "immoral," the more "unsatisfied" we are with the moral climate of our nation. One would think the opposite would be true. Yet, it appears that the "tolerance" of what were once considered immoral behaviors hasn't brought the promised utiopia. Instead of making us happier, we're more disatisfied than ever.
Which brings us back to the divide between politicians and people. Politicans are poll driven. For the most part their driving ambition is reelection. Thus, they try to find out what people are thinking and act/vote accordingly. But when people are completely contradictory in their opinions, it makes it tough for these poor poll driven politicans. How is one to know what to vote for when people are so confusing?
Feel their pain.