When we take a look at the larger political picture here in America, we see turmoil…at least on the surface.
To the untrained eye, it looks as though our nation is simply bickering with itself over some highly polarizing cultural lines that neither side wishes to cross in order to find compromise. At times, it truly can look hopeless.
But when we peer below that turmoil, and take a peek into the gears of the American political machine, we realize that it’s the mainstream media that’s fueling this nonsense; dividing us for the purposes of easier advertising demographics. Instead of researching what the people want to see in a political ad, they just coerce us into one of two camps, split every major issue down that false dichotomy of a line, and then pump us full of advertisements in between bouts of rage.
And all without any regard for the impact that it’s having on our national morale….which, by the way, appears to be circling the drain.
The 38% of U.S. adults who say they are “extremely proud” to be American is the lowest in Gallup’s trend, which began in 2001. Still, together with the 27% who are “very proud,” 65% of U.S. adults express pride in the nation. Another 22% say they are “moderately proud,” while 9% are “only a little” and 4% “not at all” proud.Trending:
This record-low level of extreme national pride comes at a challenging time in the U.S. as a pandemic-weary public is struggling with the highest U.S. inflation rate in more than four decades. These data are from a June 1-20 poll that was conducted after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, claimed 31 lives, including 19 children. Bipartisan gun legislation in response to the shootings was passed shortly after the poll ended.
And as the political ecosystem is fed ever more forcefully into our homes, the angst has risen.
While the current 38% expressing extreme pride is the historical low by four percentage points, the combined 65% reading for those who are extremely or very proud was two points lower in 2020 than it is today. The current readings are well below the trend averages of 55% extremely proud and 80% extremely or very proud.
Before 2015, no less than 55% of U.S. adults said they were extremely proud. The highest readings followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when patriotism surged in the U.S.
However, extreme national pride in the U.S. has been trending downward since 2015, falling below the majority level in 2018; it is nearly 20 points lower now than it was a decade ago.
If we cannot ween ourselves off of the mainstream media, and their inherently-flawed and dangerous business model, we could reach disastrous levels of national tumult within a matter of years.