We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name---Liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible means---liberty and tyranny.Abraham Lincoln, 1864
Lincolns words echo from the past to fit neatly in the current atmosphere of America today,and while those words were meant to address the slavery and the oppression of the blacks, the words are equally apropos for our current struggles in America. Slavery is not just the oppression of the Jews, or the blacks, or any of the other historic groups of people who have been forced to labor for a higher class, it can also be an oppression of an entire country for the benefit of the Political Elite. As it stands, Americans are nothing more than the slaves of Washington and more people are realizing it.
Polls indicate that President Obama's approval ratings are dropping. In Ohio they have dropped by 13 points to rest at a 49 percent approval rating and a 44 percent disapproval rating. According to a Gallup Poll the national approval rating had dropped and is clearly divided on party lines.
U.S. President Barack Obama averaged a 58% job approval rating for the first eight days of July, down from an average of 61% for June. His approval rating is down most significantly among independents, to 53% so far in July from an average of 59% in June; it has dropped two points among Republicans (from 25% in June to 23% so far in July) and has gone up a point among Democrats, to 90%.
At this point in the game this may be just the status quo as every President has a rocky start, and a loud loyal opposition. Still the polling numbers do not bode well if the trend continues ,and it will as long as Americans are feeling the strain of the economy and see no end in sight due to legislation that would demand all Americans pay higher taxes.
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