Record 81% of Americans Hate America

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Tomorrow is Now!A shocking new Gallup poll proves that 81% of Americans — an all-time record — are against the American Government, while 82% are against Congress specifically. And 49% of Americans believe the U.S. Government is “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.” But to read POLITICO, you’d think we’re just in a polarized campaign environment or whatever, and that everything will “work out in the end.” Haha, it will, but not in a way that POLITICO staffers or other Washington factotums can appreciate. Also, you need to include “Wall Street/The Fed” and “The Pentagon/Military Contractors” in the U.S. Government, as those are both the primary interests and the primary beneficiaries of the U.S. Government. When’s the next straw poll or whatever?

Here’s the Gallup polling group’s summary, via Cryptogon:

So let’s see, 80% of Americans are struggling and the “comfortable middle class” now consists of the nervous lower half of the top 20%, as only those in the top 10% can easily cover housing and food and medical insurance and the cable TV/oxycontin bills to dull the pain. And 81% say they “are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.”

It’s almost as if the only people satisfied are the ones in control of all the wealth! (Oh yes, and also, Death to the Communists who threaten Our Freedoms!)

Republicans hate the government more — 92% compared to 65% of Democrats — even though the Republican party supposedly controls the House, which means it somehow also controls the Senate and the White House. But, we must not forget, the “center right” president is a black man, and the Original Tea Party U.S. Constitution said black people were slaves who could not vote — just like women and Indians and anybody who didn’t own property, which covered about 81% of people back when Michele Bachmann ratified the Constitution back in 1787. [Gallup/Cryptogon]

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175 comments

    1. Radiotherapy®

      America always needs an enemy too. Because remember how poorly we did between the fall of Communism and the rise of global Terrorism?

    2. BTWBFDIMHO

      “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.
      “I ask you to judge me by the enemas I have made.” Rick Santorum.

  1. SorosBot

    And I'm sure that, according to the Politico, along with the Washington Post and the New York Times, this is all because our President isn't bipartisan enough and has only given the Republicans and Wall Street 90% of what they want instead of everything.

    1. Terry

      Obama went the bipartisan route. Didn't work. I'd prefer that he'd try going medieval on their asses, just for fun.

    1. V572 Moon!

      Wow, thanks for introducing us all a beatifully-named yet disgusting sexual kink. Wonkette: font of contempt and knowledge.

  2. ManchuCandidate

    Every day is a foot tapping, Uncle Sam slurping, self loathing, in denial (crotchless wetsuit and dildos up the ass) kind of way in the crazy meth laced world of "GOPer" US America.

    1. PalinzADummy

      The irony of it does not escape me. We spent our youth protesting governments, and our old age supporting one.

        1. PalinzADummy

          How I wish! I just read something by him recently, and the power of his prose still shakes me inside out. Perhaps in my next life.

  3. MittsHairHelmet

    In 1984, the top 5%, or the "Inner Party," control all the economic, military, and mass media power. The next 10%, the "Outer Party," do the administrative work for the Inner Party, conforming to the wishes of the elite knowing it's the only way they can guarantee a little bit of comfort for themselves.

    The other 85%, or the "Proles," are poor, filthy, and kept distracted by propaganda in order to ensure that they don't rise up against the party.

    We're almost there!

      1. MittsHairHelmet

        just hafta consolidate the wealth a little bit more so the top 5% have all the money, the next 10% are the comfortable administrators leaving 85% to be the proles.

    1. emmelemm

      That's one of those "ha ha great snark oh wait THAT'S FUCKING TRUE OMG" and then you make the gaping gesture from Edvard Munch's "The Scream" painting (or, alternatively, the Macauley Culkin Home Alone move).

  4. Allmighty_Manos

    "half of Americans believe the U.S. Government is “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

    That same 50 percent's children will also be picking potatoes out of garbage heaps for a living, but the least we can do is to fight for their Constituional rights to be left alone by the federal government (that is unless they are gay, black, non-Christian or otherwise subersive). Freedom isn't Free!

        1. DaRooster

          A gas mask should be good enough… if they can't survive with just a gas mask they should just die… YEAH!!

  5. BaldarTFlagass

    "I love my country, it's my government that I don't trust."

    ….Especially when it's being run by corporations and their political lapdogs.

  6. WhatTheHeck

    Of course Americans hate Govmint. It says right there on our worthless paper monies, “In God We Trust.” The god-less Democrats set up Govmint to escape god's rule.

  7. NorthStarSpanx

    Well I'm only against right-wing fringe elements and the Tea Party, in their math, as either the silent majority (or vocal assholes) that must equal 81% of Americans.

    But in reality, it's only Lou Sarah and her various alter-ego's.

  8. ifthethunderdontgetya

    It all because of homos and womens lib!

    NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION, as written by Jesus. You're all going to Satanland, for permanent vacation.

    P.S. Want good reason to hate Amurka and its lapdogs, our media? Here.

    Unsurprisingly, one searches in vain for the inclusion of these facts and remarks in American media accounts of their release and subsequent press conference.

    Instead, the abuses at home are routinely suppressed while those in the Hated Nations are endlessly touted. There have been thousands of people released after being held for years and years in U.S. detention despite having done nothing wrong. Many were tortured, and many were kept imprisoned despite U.S. government knowledge of their innocence.

    ~

    1. V572 Moon!

      Enghnegh, not quite sure why an article about the release of the imprisoned hikers should be hijacked into a screed about Gitmo. Not that Gitmo, and our de facto abandonment of the Bill of Rights don't deserve attention. But an writer sent to write a factual article about the release, and who delivered an essay about the horror of Abu Ghraib, would not really have been doing what he's tasked to do. It'd be like a restaurant review that focused on starvation elsewhere in the world.

  9. FakaktaSouth

    Trippiest of all to me are the alternative realities everyone bases their personal hate on…government interference vs habeas corpus vs public option vs Obamacare…on an on. It freaks me out, man.

  10. MiniMencken

    The Declaration of Independence was a stone government-hating document. Hating a goverment is as American as genocide or slavery. Nothing to look at here, folks. Just move along.

  11. BTWBFDIMHO

    49% believe the U.S. Government is “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.
    Now imagine living in the rest of the world…

    1. Callyson

      The more I read the news, the more I imagine doing just that. Preferably in a warm climate, though I won't be so picky if the wingnuts get the White House next year as a result of the mess they themselves caused…

    2. sati_demise

      I certainly believe that the US government- in concert with multi national corporations- is an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary people all over the world.

      Concentrated power is never good. We have our diplomats shilling Monsanto/Big Oil/Pharma/MIC all over the world and figuring out 'punishment' to those who 'resist'.

      I thought they did other stuff, like but thats just me, I suppose.

  12. SayItWithWookies

    This seems a little pointless as a poll unless they ask what specifically Americans dislike about government. I mean, if the questions just ask whether people are happy with Congress and elected officials, shouldn't they ask which ones, or which issues are making them most unhappy? If you knew that 60% of people in your area are unhappy with the weather, does that mean there's a drought or a flood?

    1. hagajim

      WTF man! Are you saying they ought to actually ask questions with real answers? Hell, I'd bet 90% of the 80% couldn't even name their fucking Congressman (or woman) if polled. So if 80% are angry about the gubmint, do they even know who to be angry at? Or do they just say that Kenyan asshole?

      1. V572 Moon!

        Love it when MSM polls its audience about factual matters of which they could not possibly have any knowledge.

        "Do you think the jury will find Cayce Anthony guilty? (Y/N)"

    2. JohnyEdge

      "If you knew that 60% of people in your area are unhappy with the weather, does that mean there's a drought or a flood? "

      Yes.

  13. PuckStopsHere

    Any 'bagger will tell you they love America but hate the American govt. And it makes perfect sense to them. They love the constitution but detest that which it was designed to create. I'm confused. Stupid does that to me.

  14. MikeInMichigan

    The other 20% are Poli-Sci nerds from small, private eastern colleges, who think this era is a fascinating study in the dynamics of human interaction–or some such shit.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Ask John McCain. He's on 100% disability, which he takes, even though there are LOTS of vets who need it much more, and with 100% disability, you're supposedly totally unable to work, AND despite the fact that his annual income is around $400K, and his wife's runs between $6 and $10 MILLION.

      1. emmelemm

        Isn't that the classic-est example of so-called "double dipping"? He takes a disability veteran's pension* FROM THE GOVERNMENT, but he also has a job (Senator) where he works and draws a salary, FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Aren't assholes (Republicans) always bitching about gov't employees who retire, draw their benefits, then turn around and get another gov't job where they're drawing salary?

        *For the record, I'm fully in favor of high benefits being paid to veterans, especially wounded veterans, who genuinely need it.

        1. PalinzADummy

          I want that money paid to wounded veterans who NEED it, just like you. Not to spoiled hotdoggers who disobey orders, sing like the proverbial canary, and lie, cheat, and double-dip. I lost a friend not too long ago who had to work until he couldn't anymore because the VA wouldn't give him full disability. Even though he left most of one leg, two fingers, and an eye somewhere out there, rescuing his comrades from certain death.

  15. Goonemeritus

    In the immortal words of Mickey Rourke in the movie Barfly “it’s not that I hate them I’m just more comfortable when they are not around”

  16. prommie

    They just hate the Black Kenyan usurper's negro colored jiggaboo spearchucker government, all these gubmint haters. they have no problem with a Constitutional (White) gubmint.

    1. Native_of_SL_UT

      We just have to make sure that the new capitol is a "dry" city.
      No firewater for those guys while they're in charge.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Doodine, pill bugs are *so* much more necessary to the ecosystem than Republicans. Hell, we probably wouldn't get good compost without pillbug poop.

  17. rahelio

    Republicans hate the government. Republicans vote for more conservative politicians who stop the government from functioning. Republicans hate the government even more. Rinse, Repeat.

    I understand that this the strategy of the men at the top, but to all the poor (literally) bastards out there who let it happen, if Republicans keep making your government worst, maybe you guys should, I don't know, stop voting for people who hate the government!

    1. LionHeartSoyDog

      Apparently the racism is more powerful than common-sense survival, or decency.
      Mental illness rules the Murka Homeland.

  18. zappadoo76

    From the article: 43% trust the federal government to handle domestic problems, but 57% have "faith in Washington to handle international problems."

    I don't understand this. Domestically, the government is just letting people die (Katrina, medicaid, etc.). Internationally, the government is actively killing people (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.).

    Normally, killing people is worse than just letting them die. How did this get turned upside down?

    Sorry. I missed my Two Minutes Hate today, so my mind isn't right.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Some 90% of Americans probably refuse to believe that their government is one of the worst offenders when it comes to killing people at home or abroad. (And they're not just "letting people die," see the death penalty, use of.)

  19. Eve8Apples

    Americans hate that a member of the U.S. Congress earns $174,000 annually, plus benefits the average American worker will never acheive in their lifetime. We all know a class of preschoolers or family of chimpanzees could run the country more effectively than Congress and they would happily work for a box of cookies and some bananas.

    1. emmelemm

      Did you see Rise of the Planet of the Apes? We might be wrong about the cookies and bananas thing, I'm saying.

  20. zappadoo76

    Dacryphilia. Gotta remember that next time a tearful bereaved family shows up at a sentencing or an interview on teevee. This shit works because of …dacryphilia.

  21. grex1949

    C'mon, people. Where's the love? Everything seems to be working exactly as designed by the framers of our great Constitution. Aren't our political parties chock-full of highly-qualified candidates? Isn't the Republican Party, the current loyal opposition, standing ready to question current leadership and to offer common-sense solutions to policy issues? And, of course who is not confident that our educated electorate, the very foundation of our great democracy, will be ready to cast its vote in the next election, without prejudice, based on the candidates' positions on public policy issues, and not extraneous considerations? Oh, never mind…

    1. V572 Moon!

      The best part is when our carefully selected representatives convene in the Capitol and debate about important issues, respectfully listening to each others' opinions, making cogent counter-arguments where necessary, or yielding to the superior arguments of the opposition when that course of action is best for the Nation as a whole, regardless of any potential impact on their personal political careers or financial interests.

  22. Rotundo_

    Since the media and the conservative set have been chanting about hating the government as a mantra for the last 40 years, and it has been beamed into every home almost continuously since the beginning, I would imagine people would start saying this. But they sure don't mind the fire department dropping by when the house is burning and FEMA loaning them a shitty trailer when the same house is washed away. Companies always seem to want to do business with that horrible government too, especially the weapons makers. So coming full circle-everyone hates government until it's their turn to be in deep shit, and suddenly they want to know where it has been hiding. Sounds like a typically stupid and crazy answer to a poll from an average group of American Imbeciles. People who read POLITICO factoring strongly as a presence in that category.

    1. grex1949

      Correct. The self-made, independent entrepreneur who, without anyone's help, becomes fabulously wealthy is a total figment of his/her imagination. Every one of them would be up shit creek without police and fire protection, teachers, courts, highways, bridges, infrastructure of all types and varieties, as well as the rest of us drones who purchase their consumer crap. They'd be so much better off with anarchy, wouldn't they, now?

    1. PalinzADummy

      Thank you for the link. Having just read the article, I would offer to do the same, but he'd be a fool to turn you down for me. :)

    2. Fare la Volpe

      The Breitards immediately began labeling the guy a plant.

      Then I reminded them about Bush's "loyalty oaths" at his town halls.

    3. snoopyfan2010

      Funny thing about taxes, in my hometown most people say they don't like taxes and support the Republican view. But when the local government saw that it had to cut its public infrastructure spending to meet its budget, several businessmen started a campaign to create a new tax in order to pay for some of the work. The tax was passed without resistance. The reason why is simple, the stuff that was funded by the new tax directly benefitted their businesses. Sorry no snark, but true.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Ya think? What is happening? People seem even less-educated and worse-informed than a mere 30 years ago.

  23. owhatever

    Take the 82 percent and put it on a train leaving Chicago at 8:30 a.m., and the 49 percent on a train leaving Philadelphia at the same time, while the 15 percent fly out of LAX two hours later. There, God bless us all. Now a word from my sponsor, Goldline.

  24. Tommmcattt

    For the record, 100% of Tommmcatts hate these stupid polls, as they contradict themselves every other day.

  25. Streiffert

    "…rights and freedoms…"

    Freedom isn't like kingdom. It can't be pluralized. It's like serfdom. You don't say "serfdoms" right? Freedom is just like serfdom. Freedom is serfdom…

  26. Negropolis

    Haha, it will, but not in a way that POLITICO staffers or other Washington factotums can appreciate.

    You mean that upcoming hanging of all Beltway journalists on the Mall, don't you?

  27. rambone

    Record 81% of Americans Hate America

    Clearly these stats are BS as there's no way 81% of Americans could possess this basic level of self-awareness.

    USA! SUA! AUS!

  28. Negropolis

    Shorter poll conclusion: But the president's black! Waaah!

    No snark, I've always been very reticent about shouting "racism!", but no matter how many times I now try to explain away this newfound "concern" for this nation, I can't. I'm not worried about the guys shouting "you lie!" at the president or dropping "tarbaby" as if it's some everyday term with no racial connotations. No, I'm worried about three years long smear campaign against the president that's turned the suburban voter into concern trolls, infecting them with the most subtle of racisms where they don't even know they are being racist or being appealed to racially/tribally by the tea party.

    It's just vile. You know, I'd always expected they'd question the intelligence of the first black president, I never expected they'd question his (or her) patriotism so overtly and with glee.

  29. sati_demise

    with every new Wikileaks cable, I become more and more discouraged about all governments. the good guys have been losing for quite a while now. the multi national corporations have been winning for quite a while now.

    At least they haven't gone all Dr. Strangelove on us yet.

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