Americans Know Not What They Do: The Devil is in the Numbers

numbersJesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”  – Luke 23:34

Growing up in a strong Catholic household, I’ve stumbled upon that Biblical verse many times.  Never before have I found it so applicable to the world I’m living in.

I asked myself for weeks (okay, months) after the election how and why President Barack Obama could have been possibly granted another four years by the American people.

Polls conducted throughout the past decade have consistently shown that Americans believe the country is headed down the wrong track.  Looking at the major events of the past decade, I would think that Americans would conclude this “wrong track” to be big government, out-of-control spending, tax increases, and attacks on civil liberties.

Apparently not.

Under the Obama administration, each of these areas has gotten exponentially worse.  All of Obama’s first-term actions indicated that big government is here to stay, trillion dollar deficits are here to stay, tax hikes for the wealthy (and almost all other taxpaying citizens) are here to stay, and the demonization of people of faith is here to stay.

And Americans knew that.  In a survey conducted just before the week of the election, 55% of respondents reported that they believed America was on the “wrong track.”  So why would they vote for the man who was presently leading us down this wrong track?

After crunching the numbers, I got my answer: we know not what we do.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that Congress has an 8% approval rating.  Yet Congress has a consistent reelection rate of over 80%.  If we knew what we were doing, why do we keep voting for people we think are running our country into the ground?

Another study conducted by Rasmussen revealed that 27% of likely U.S. voters think increases in government spending help the economy. Nearly twice as many (50%) believe spending increases hurt the economy.  If we knew what we were doing, why would we vote for a candidate who talks about stimulus and investment (code words for increased government spending) ad nauseum?  Why would we vote for a candidate who approved an $831 billion failed stimulus package and has openly stated that he thinks America needs another one?

Gallup polling found that “for the third consecutive year, a slim majority of Americans, 53%, say China is the leading economic power in the world today. Thirty-two percent believe the United States is, with relatively few naming other countries. In 2008-2009, Americans were more evenly divided in their views of whether China or the United States was the leading economic power. Back in 2000, Americans overwhelmingly said the United States was.”  If we knew what we were doing, why would we elect a candidate who openly defies almost every tenet espoused by capitalism, the system that has built the greatest civilization ever known?

And look what our actions hath wrought. From [emphasis added]:

The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During President Barack Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability increased by 1,385,418 to a record 8,827,795.

Fifty percent of people say their own personal taxes will go up under the Obama administration, up 13 points from late 2012 and the highest finding in nearly five years of surveying.

The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics included data from February 2013 that implicated the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was about unchanged at 4.8 million.

The devil is in the numbers.  Americans say they believe one way and then support the policies that completely fly in the face of what they believe.  If people aren’t already realizing it now, they will be soon realizing that bad times are upon us, and people are hurting.  But the gut-wrencher is that even worse times are about to come upon us if we don’t drastically change our ways, and then people will be experiencing a hurt unlike anything they have ever known.

Financier Bernard Baruch postured, “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”

We need more Newtons.  We need people to ask “why.”  Why do we believe the things we do?  Why do we act upon those beliefs the way we do?  And, most importantly, why do we violate those beliefs the way we do?  They need to ask these questions before America falls.

Pray to God, telling Him, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”  Oh, and tack this onto the end: “And enlighten them so that they come to know the truth.”

Written by Elizabeth Hermesch

Ann-Marie Murrell

Ann-Marie Murrell is one of the creators of PolitiChicks and co-owns the site with Morgan Brittany. Ann-Marie is co-author of two bestselling books, “What Women (Really) Want” and "PolitiChicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism". She has appeared on dozens of television shows including Fox & Friends, CNN, Hannity, the Dr. Phil Show, Huckabee, Lou Dobbs, C-SPAN, One America News, Stuart Varney & Company, Newsmax, MSNBC, and more. In addition to PolitiChicks, Ann-Marie has written for multiple other news sites. You can find Ann-Marie Murrell on Facebook and Twitter: @PolitichickAM E-mail: [email protected]

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