Alpine Summit

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Low Opinions

In "The World is Flat," Thomas Friedman talks about how America needs to change its ways in response so lowered barriers for other countries to do business with America. Perhaps our government should read his book and apply the concepts to how politicians operate.

Because of the Internet and more flow of information, people are more informed with how the world operates. The 60's-style liberalism of "let's all just get along" is fading away into more pragmatic views that not everyone wants peace love and harmony. At the same time, the traditional conservative view that America can do no wrong and that pure, brutal capitalism is the way to go is also going the way of the dodo.

There is certainly a long way to go, but because of this changing dynamic in public opinion, coupled with politician's "business as usual" attitude of being more concerned with beating their political opponent than representing the people has caused this 29% approval rating. I predict this is the politician who will be elected in the future as their genuity is proven in local and state governments first or showing public service in some other way.