A few days ago, Time came out with a poll that suggested one in five Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, thanks in part to the non-story of the mosque near ground zero being in the news every night for the past month. Having Hussein as a middle name probably doesn’t help.

Obama is Indeed a Christian

Of course the truth is: Obama is a devout Christian who prays on a daily basis and goes to church.   During his campaign two years ago, he even got into a little trouble because of the inflammatory remarks by his former pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

How soon we forget, another poll released recently claimed only 34% of Americans believe Obama is actually a Christian.   How uninformed must one be to not even know the faith of one’s leader?

Most people will agree that one on one; Americans are a kind and generous people, but as a society the word that best describes them is ignorant.   I’m not sure what started them on this path of ignorance (other than their government brainwashing them over the centuries to believe in nothing but God and Country).   I find it perplexing that their lack of knowledge is just as domestic as it is foreign.

For example, during this past July holiday weekend, a poll was done that concluded that a staggering 55% of Americans believed that the declaration of independence was signed on July 4th.   In fact, July 4th is actually the date in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration.   It was officially signed on August 2nd.

I recently read an article in the Huffington Post that listed some mind boggling facts about some crazy Yankee beliefs and lack of knowledge.   The first and most shocking was that 20% of Americans could not identify their own country on a map; the United States as big as it is could not be recognized.

Sadly, this map can actually help some people

Another fact I found sad, but amusing, was that another 20% still believe the sun revolves around the earth, something science has abandoned since the seventeenth century.

The U.S. being the religious country that it is, it’s not surprising to learn that a quarter of Americans now believe that 9/11 was predicted in the Book of Revelation and one in five trusts that the world will end in their lifetime.

A couple other odds and ends I found interesting was that a fifth of Americans believe that alien abductions happen, 20% believe that witches are real and 15-20% of the population believe that it’s “ok” to urinate in the swimming pool (yes, that’s right).

So after two hundred plus years, it’s clear that the United States still suffers from an abundance of ignorance, but where does it come from?   Is it hate?   33% percent think there should be a ban on allowing a Muslim to become President.   Is it a poor school system?   Only 10% know what radiation is.   Or is it simply apathy?

Maybe it’s just plain stupidity; 19% of Americans believe that George W. Bush was a great president…

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. – John F. Kennedy

In the fall of 2008, history was made in the United States of America when the people elected their first black president, running his campaign almost flawlessly for months on the guiding principles of hope and change.   With his slogan “yes we can” he captivated the masses who were all too eager to erase the mistake that was his predecessor George W. Bush.

On November 4th with 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173 and to the delight of liberals and progressives everywhere, Barack Hussein Obama was elected. Change had come.

Almost instantly after his inauguration on Jan 20 2009, Obama came out flying.   His first act as president was to direct the U.S. military to develop plans to pull out troops from Iraq.   He also reduced the secrecy given to presidential records and reversed Bush’s ban on federal funding to foreign establishments that allow abortions.   In the next couple of months he also managed to reverse the massively underfunded Bush policy on embryonic stem cell research as well as getting another four million children health insurance. Undoubtedly, he was living up to the hype.

Since that spring of progressive ecstasy, Obama’s approval rating has gone from over 63% to below 45%.   What’s even more troubling is that more that 50% of the American public strongly disapprove of the job he’s doing (up from just 20% after his election).   Why have the numbers transformed so drastically for the worse in less than a year and a half?   What has he done to justify this big swing in voter confidence?

Obama’s Approval Rating Since Jan 2009

Obama did pass a sweeping health care plan that provides health insurance to tens of millions more people.   He did so by making the insurance companies richer (albeit, more accountable) by forcing citizens to buy insurance from those same companies who are still finding ways to not pay out.   That’s far short of universal healthcare, his initial goal during his presidential campaign.

Along with his near trillion dollar healthcare bill, Mr. Obama also signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion stimulus package.   Many people (mostly republicans) claimed it was too much money of course, but others agreed it was necessary to fend off another great depression.   Time will tell.

From the beginning of his presidency, the Republican Party’s words of choice have been “no you can’t” in response to Obama’s now famous motto.   Those three words being said by an opposition party would normally have some worth.   However, the Democrats hold the presidency and have majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate.   “No you can’t” shouldn’t have any significance, but Barack Obama and the Democrats are giving it meaning… by doing nothing.

The president has not yet repealed “don’t ask don’t tell” to allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military.   He has not been able to close down the Guantanamo Bay Prison as he pledged to do by the end of 2009.   He refused to reverse any aspect of the invasive Patriot Act.   There is no change or even talk of change in America’s drug policies.   He has also not addressed his country’s immigration problem and has absolutely no real vision when it comes to the environment.

Obama seems to lack the intestinal fortitude it takes to fight for what he wants, whether it’s combating the republicans, his own party, or even the American public, it’s unfortunate to say, but he makes himself look rather weak.   One thing (possibly the only thing) that Bush had going for him was that he never hesitated to put up his dukes to get the job done, even if it was done wrong.

Who Do You Think Would Win in a Boxing Match?

I think there are three things that this president has to do to get back on track.   The first and most obvious would be for him to grow some balls.   I don’t mean to be insulting or rude, but he has to realize that anything worth having doesn’t come without some kind of fight.   The battle for healthcare reform took over a year because Obama backed off every time things got a little hot and even though a bill was finally passed, I can’t say the Democrats won.

The second thing Obama must do to avoid the downfall in November and 2012 is to stop worrying about what the public thinks.   He seems to be the type of president who takes to heart everything that is said about him in the news or otherwise.   That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but a bunch of crazy tea partiers should not be influencing him to change policy.   Besides, no matter how much he tries, he’ll never make Fox News happy.

The final thing the president must do to turn things around is to make me happy instead.   To do that he must do what millions in America and the rest of the world want him to do and that’s bring Bush & Cheney up on war crimes charges.   Obama might not get re-elected again, but I’d love to see the looks on their faces.