There appears to be a disconnect between widespread public discontent — e.g., distrust of the federal government, hostility toward Congress, belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction — and paucity of overt attempts to rectify the status quo.
Many focus on the mainstream media (MSM) — still the largest source of news for most citizens — noting that the MSM’s love affair with Barack Obama insures that negative stories — e.g., Benghazi — never get much, if any, coverage. The MSM’s misreporting of the news probably anesthetizes some who might otherwise be motivated to “throw the bums out.”
Unquestionably, partisanship plays a role. People who think of themselves as Democrats, a portion of whom are also liberals/progressives/whatever, are less likely to view America’s condition with alarm than people who identify themselves as Republicans, particularly those who also tend to be conservatives.
There are at least three problems with just looking at partisanship. First, a sizable portion of the American public does not identify with either major political party. Yet, some of these people are as exercised about America’s plight as are strong conservatives, while others are oblivious.
Second, some Republicans are just as indifferent as their Democrat and Independent peers.
Third, many people do not hold firm, internally consistent political opinions. Such individuals are unlikely to see events clearly enough to react forcefully.
That brings up a related culprit: for a variety of reasons — poor schools, journalistic malfeasance, whatever — we live in the age of the “low-information voter” (LIV), and LIVs are too ignorant to realize how bad things are.
One factor that is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be, is humans’ tendency to endure what some regard as unbearable. Thomas Jefferson noted this trait in the Declaration of Independence: “mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms [of government] to which they are accustomed.”
A related reason for the disconnect is that…………….