In last week’s article, I wrote about the importance of pursuing the truth in the scandalous atmosphere of Washington politics, and an essential component of this truth is accountability. But in a democracy, elected officials and unelected bureaucrats only answer to their wrongdoing in the presence of a well-informed public concerned with the correct management of the government and its power.
Unfortunately, it seems that a significant majority of Americans are disconnecting from the political sphere. Due to a combination of fatigue, uncaring, and a simple lack of information, voters are generally unfazed by or even ignorant of the scandals currently plaguing the Obama administration. According to Gallup, President Obama’s approval rating has remained roughly the same for the past month and a half, an astounding feat in light of the sheer number of crises that have been brought to light just in the past few weeks.
This disconnect is made especially clear when it is viewed on video. Fox News producer Jesse Watters traveled to Lower Manhattan to interview Obama supporters about the scandalous atmosphere in Washington in a piece that aired on May 22nd on The O’Reilly Factor. Here are some of the responses Mr. Watters got:
WATTERS: Which scandal really, really gets your goat?
LADY 1: Would the Boston Marathon bombing be considered a scandal?
WATTERS: Have you heard about the IRS scandal?
LADY 2: No I have not.
And then this interesting exchange…
WATTERS: Does the AP spying story bother you?
WATTERS: Now why doesn’t it?
MAN: I actually don’t know anything about that.
And then this one…
WOMAN: I always assume that a president will also be a criminal. There is no way to be an honest president of a dishonest country.
These, among a number of other creative and totally ignorant responses, is a clear illustration of the problem that our country faces at this crucial juncture. The reelection of President Obama came on the backs of ill-informed voters, voters who knew no differences between Mitt Romney and their president beyond skin color and party affiliation. And now, in the midst of three outrageous scandals, the only thing that stands between the anger of the American people and President Obama is the ignorance of the American people themselves. I guarantee you that most people who are not diehard liberals and are instead low-information, bandwagon voters will be immensely disappointed and even angry at the president if they learn more about these scandals. But until these people learn about these stories and make a public outcry, there will be no repentance from the Obama administration and no accountability whatsoever.