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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-02-08 15:46 

Is this even remotely surprising?

Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans.

Thirty percent approval may be bad, but Congress’ approval is even worse:

Congress approval fell to just 22 percent, equaling its poorest grade in the survey. Both marks dropped by 4 percentage points since early January.

Wake up, Washington, the message is clear: America is sick of you. All of you.  With the field of presidential nominees narrowing to Obama, Hillary, and McCain we are faced with a situation where the lines between the Democrats and Republicans are so faint as to be nonexistent. Looking at their records, all three candidates are pro-tax, pro-large government, pro-government regulation, anti-gun, and in general, anti-liberty.

Many people I talk to are so disgusted with the lack of choice that they have said, “I’m not going to even bother voting, it doesn’t matter because they’re all the same.” This is quite disturbing. One of the rallying cries of our founders was “no taxation without representation!” Now we have gotten to such a state of national apathy that we all complain about high taxes, but it’s damn near impossible to get 60% of eligible voters to vote on the representation they want. According to U.S. Census data, 19.9% of people that didn’t vote gave “I’m too busy” as their excuse, yet only 3% said the polling location was “inconvenient.” It takes 10 minutes to vote, and polling locations are open early and late, so the “I’m too busy” is a lame excuse. An amazing 3.4% said “I forgot.” I don’t believe that, either. Between yard signs, robo-calls, junk mail, radio, and TV ads, how can you possibly forget when election day is? If you take the “I’m too busy” percent, the “I forgot” percent, and add them to the 9.9% “Did not like candidates or campaign issues”, the 10.7% “Not interested”, and 8.5% “Don’t know or refused” and you get a whopping 55.4% of non-voters who flat-out don’t care. They’ll complain, but they won’t vote to change things. Such apathy will only be our downfall.

So. I’m encouraging everyone I talk to who says “I’m not going to bother voting” to vote Libertarian or Constitution party in November. Why? Because it will send a message to the Fat Cats in both of the major parties: you both have betrayed our trust and our votes, and we’re willing to put our votes elsewhere. In 1992, George H.W. Bush lost the election (and Bill Clinton won by plurality but not the majority) because Ross Perot took 18.9% of the vote, mostly from moderate “swing voters.”

With enough votes, it is possible that the Libertarian or Constitution party — both of whom are pro-liberty — will gain enough traction to possibly make a difference in future elections.

Full article here: Bush, Congress hit bottom in AP poll – Yahoo News

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