June 16, 2014
According to a new Gallup pole, a record amount of Americans now disapprove of President Obama.
Now, this is nothing new. Presidential approval ratings go up and down, and Mr. Obama has had a long-term slide thanks to… oh, I don’t know… a total avalanche of foul-ups ranging from the Obamacare fiasco to the IRS targeting his enemies to the VA scandal to the intelligence community’s surveillance of the press, et cetera ad infinitum.
But here’s the interesting thing– this poll about the President’s approval rating. It’s about his image– who he is as a person. Do Americans think he’s a trustworthy person with strong character? Nope. Not even close.
In fact, a majority of Americans personally view Mr. Obama unfavorably. Less than half think that he is honest.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs, frankly, when the President of the United States cannot even be viewed as an honest person by the constituents that he governs. But more importantly, it signals an end to this system.
Everywhere you look there are signs that the game is resetting. In Europe, the establishment parties have been voted out and politicians are in a panic. In many other parts of the world, all-out revolution is ensuing.
Around the globe, people’s apathy is turning into disgust… and that disgust into action.
Initially it unfolds in the voting booth, or even in the streets. Eventually, though, people will realize that putting different politicians in power only changes the players, it doesn’t change the game.
Long ago our ancestors learned the same lesson. After centuries of living under the feudal system, they discovered that it didn’t matter which monarch was in power. It was the system itself that needed to be reset.
Today, the world finally seems to be learning that it’s not about a single individual in power… but the entire institution itself that is rotten.
By virtue of its size and (at least for now) dominance, the US is the last to this party. But based on the data, it seems to me that we are in the early stages of this transition… a total reset in the way that society organizes and governs itself.
This is not something that will take place overnight.
But just as the French Revolution led the world once and for all out of feudalism and into the modern nation-state, the consequences of this transition will have far-reaching effects and be one of the biggest stories of our time.
History is full of examples of similar transitions; none of them were particularly smooth or peaceful. In the case of France in 1789, the country experienced a 26-year period of turmoil, which included hyperinflation, civil war, genocide, and military dictatorship. Not particularly pleasant conditions.
Our world will hopefully fare much better. But ‘hope’ has never been a particularly reliable course of action.
That’s why it’s imperative to ensure you’re ‘wearing your seatbelt‘. Because for people who understand this trend, there are literally generational fortunes to be made. And those who ignore it may be putting their entire livelihood at risk.