I wrote last night about the forefathers being drunk when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. I meant nothing unpatriotic, I just thought it was funny when I ran across the theory that the document may have not been signed on July 4 except for three guys. What were the rest doing?
Well imagine my interest when I spot on cnn.com a new survey indicating seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out. Hmm.
71% of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence wouldn’t be pleased with the nation today. That number has steadily risen since 2001, when the number stood at 42%.
On the contrary, 27% in this year’s poll say the Founding Fathers would appreciate how the country now fares, down from 54% in 2001.
What it doesn’t say, is what would they think. Would they be disappointed that we’d created corporations that mimicked the tyranny of the British government? Would they be disappointed that the religious freedom they were trying to achieve really hasn’t turned out the way it was meant to, that the various churches are still trying to maintain their holds and there’s just more of them? Would they be pissed that men don’t dress in tights anymore?
I don’t know. The blog finishes with this:
Older Americans, those in the Midwest, conservatives and Republicans are the least likely to say the signers would be pleased, according to Gallup.
“This indicates that Republicans’ and conservatives’ growing disenchantment with a Democratic president could be one of the underlying factors in the decline in the percentage of Americans who say the signers would be pleased,” stated a release with the Gallup poll.
Well duhhhh. What do you think they’re going to say? Blame and shame is always easier than real answers.
Why didn’t they ask (and publish) “what can we do to make them proud?” That’s the poll that should be taken.