A Rasmussen poll released on July 29 reports:
Nearly one-out-of-two U.S. voters (49%) now say the nation’s best days are in the past, a five-point jump from last month and the highest level of pessimism on this question in a year.
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It’s not hard to see why so many Americans would believe that the nation’s best days are behind it. For instance, there are more than 500,000 new jobless claims a week. That’s a staggering number that really highlights the connection between people’s financial outlook and how they perceive the future of the country.
There is an oft used cliché that perception is reality. As more and more people perceive that the United States is entering dismal days, it will be that the days are, in fact dismal. People won’t believe that there is a way out of the perceived predicament the county is in, and will therefore begin to settle for what is, instead of what could be.
In an America where a man was elected president on a message of hope, all that the people of the country are beginning to see is lost opportunity, so say the polls. However, the America in polls like this doesn’t really exist. Instead, all around you can see and America full of hope and opportunity. It is a country where with enough personal effort, and yes, a little bit of luck, a person can be or do anything. The possibilities truly are endless.
There has always been a strong PR campaign to raise awareness of why the United States is the great place it is. Is that campaign waning or losing its influence?
That is hard for me to believe, because the America PR campaign machine has been churning ever since the first colonists came over. To entice more people to make the potentially life-threatening journey to the “New World” all sorts of stories were told. It’s like in the classic kid’s film An American Tail. On the boat to America, all of the mice are singing “There are no cats in America, and the streets are paved with cheese.” Well, there were cats, and the streets were more brick than cheddar. But, through effort the mice were able to overcome the adversity they faced and achieve their American dream.
That is the beauty of America. That is what the PR has been about and why a poll out the other day with almost 50 percent doubting America is of no consequence. The spirit of this nation always overcomes the darkest of days. It has done it before, and there is no reason to think that it won’t do it again, no matter what the polls say.