At some point and after so many examples, one might think people would stop putting so much faith in politicians to improve their lives.
Recall the level of faith put in Barack Obama less than four years ago. He was going to calm the waters, restore hope and civility in Washington and perform many other messianic-like works. The latest Gallup tracking poll shows how misplaced that faith was.
Obama has slipped into the dangerous 30 percent territory. For the first time he has sunk below 40 percent approval, tracking now at just 39 percent. Since the killing of Osama bin Laden, it’s been all downhill.
Fifty-four percent also disapprove of his performance. That, too, is the worst of his presidency. Disapproval is trending upward and approval downward.
If his numbers keep falling, I wouldn’t rule out a challenger from the left. But whatever happens, we should all be careful where we place our faith. Politicians can let us down and disappoint – and they frequently do. Only God does not have the capacity for letting us down. Faith in him will never disappoint.
I’m Cal Thomas.
Publication date: August 16, 2011