By Juanita Bratcher
At times, all seven Republican presidential contenders sound like a broken record, specifically when they pitch the same words about President Barack Obamaâ€™s lack of leadership â€“ and sometimes to the point where it sounds like they were handed a script advising them to condemn the presidentâ€™s leadership, especially when you hear the same definitive statement coming from all of them while on the campaign trail. Theyâ€™ve (all of them on one stage together) even made these allegations during their many Republican Presidential Debates.
They make remarks such as â€œNot a leaderâ€, â€œHavenâ€™t been a leaderâ€, and â€œAnyone would be better than the one we haveâ€ â€“ meaning President Obama.
Words come cheap! And sometimes not necessarily with truth. Some politicians and their operatives are known culprits when it comes to stretching the truth. And many political ads can be quite deceiving just to get an edge on their opponents.
But regardless of political jockeying by politicians, the American people are smarter than that. Many of them know how to separate truth from fiction and fantasy, and lies, misinformation and innuendoes. Whatâ€™s more, Congress needs to clean up its act and do the job that American voters sent them there to do, quit jockeying around playing unnecessary politics, and get this country moving in the right direction again. While recent polls show that likely U.S. voters give Congress a low rating, obviously, there are some members of Congress who are trying to do the right thing. The problem is a handful of obstructionists in the House of Representatives who would rather play hardball politics to the detriment of America (lagging economy and creation of jobs) and the American people.
A national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted by Rasmussen Reports (November 28-29, 2011), found that just six percent (6%) of likely U.S. Voters rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent.Â Sixty-eight percent (68%) viewed Congressâ€™ job performance as poor.
In another poll, it noted that Congressâ€™ job approval rating at 13 percent was the worst rating in Gallup history.
In job approval polling data by major media, including CNN, CBS News/New York Times, Associated Press and others, Congressâ€™ approval rating was between 11 to 16 percent.
Obama is a â€œLeaderâ€. In his quest for the presidency in 2008, he talked about change, and a majority of the American people encouraged that change by voting for him. But heâ€™s had a tough row to hoe â€“ House Republicans in Washington have been obstructionists and have stood in the way of the Obama Administration changes in their effort to try and make him a one-term president.
Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other subject matters.