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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 11, 2009

obama-carterI don’t know what it is, but put a lefty President in the White House, and Americans will start to feel bad about themselves and their country.

Like a narcotic, the initial euphoria of a “hope and change” candidate can make many feel incredibly good. Pie-in-the-sky notions of a national rebirth, where abandoned ideals are at long last tended to, where the promises of humanity arc across the overcast American sky signaling a new post-everything era while waves of optimism flow over disenchanted, dance like sugarplums in the heads of many.

We saw this after the election last year. With Barack Obama’s victory, many said they were finally proud to call themselves Americans.

But once the high wears off, and the bumper stickers are torn off all the Subarus, the crash can be harsh, even cruel. The doldrums that ensue can be pervasive. True, there may be little hits – little fixes – here and there that temporarily bring some people up from the pits, but ultimately, nothing helps. Nothing has changed. Government just hasn’t done enough.

It’s all too familiar.

Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press, in telling the story of how Americans seem to be in “a funk,” broke out a Jimmy Carter-era nugget to describe the state of the American people – malaise.

Talk about a flashback.

The term itself is a stomach turner, particularly for those of us who remember the disastrous tenure of peanut politics. 

However, it appears to be entirely accurate.

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows that Americans grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, continuing slippage that has occurred since Obama took office as the year began.

They were more pessimistic about the direction of the country. They disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy a bit more than before. And, perhaps most striking for this novice commander in chief, more people have lost confidence in Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan over the last month. Overall, there’s a public malaise about the state of the nation.

As President Obama’s jobless “recovery” continues to drive the unemployment rate higher and higher, and as tax payer “stimulus” dollars continue to fund the study of radioactive rabbit feces and inner city doorknob replacement, almost 6 in 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction – a five point uptick from last month. Only 46% approve of the messianic handling of the economy – down four points from last month.

And while the New York-23 congressional race, according to Democrats, was the tell-tale sign that Americans enthusiastically embrace Obama-style liberalism and its big government ideology (their gubernatorial losses in Virginia and bluer-than-blue New Jersey not withstanding), half of the country (in this poll) gives a thumbs down to ObamaCare.

Astronomical debt, wishy-washiness with troops in harm’s way, zero proof that the stimulus has accomplished anything, weakness in the face of our enemies … what’s not to love?

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