Americans 'dismayed' by the country's left turn

Washington, DC - A new Pew Research survey shows that most Americans believe the U.S. is no longer the world power it used to be.  "This doesn't mean we're losing confidence in ourselves, rather it's an indication that the progressive ideologies that have been foisted on the nation in recent years are wearing thin," conservative activist Dan Weber said.

Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, noted that "John F. Kennedy, when he took office, described America as a 'city on a hill' that enables us to 'set an example to the world' by 'demonstrating what a free people can do.'  In his first inaugural address, President Reagan described the U.S. as 'special among the nations of the Earth' and said 'we have every right to dream heroic dreams.'  Meanwhile, President Obama began his first term in office with an apology tour of Europe and the Middle East that left a lot of us saddened and perplexed by the lack of pride he had in his own country."

He said that it is important to point out that Kennedy was a Democrat "before the party was taken over by liberal elitists bent on drastically changing the way we live, work and think.  His approval ratings remained high throughout his 1,000 days of service to the nation, but President Obama's ratings indicate widespread distrust and disappointment."

Fully 70% of the respondents in the Pew survey released a few days ago said that America does not have the respect of other countries that it has had in the past.  Weber said he believes it's because "our leadership is lacking" and pointed to yet another poll released this week by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

"The Harvard survey showed that the President has lost the confidence of a critical faction- America's 18 to 29 year olds who played an important role in electing the president in 2008 and reelecting him in 2012.  Only 20% of them said they approved of the direction in which the president has taken us and an astounding 47% of them said they would support having him recalled, if it were possible."

Weber concluded that there is an upside to these polls, not for the president but for the future of the nation.  "They show that most Americans still have pride in their country, though they are dismayed that our stature has been diminished by the words and actions of our current ultra-liberal leadership.  That means there is hope for the near-term future, hope that patriotism is not the outmoded concept the progressives among us would like us to believe.  There is hope that there are voters out there with a conscience and a strong desire to preserve our heritage and way of life and that in 2014 they will help us to start taking back our birthright."

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