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May 5, 2014
Talking Points Memo: America pulls back, chaos ensues
Posted by Laura
As Speaker John Boehner finally announces a select committee to investigate Benghazi, a recent Fox poll shows that 61% of Americans think the Administration has been in cover-up mode on the issue. Its pathetic handling of the attack that killed 4 Americans has bred more distrust and cynicism in a public that has little trust in anything or anyone involved in politics.

Another Wall Street Journal/NBC poll week shows that more than half of Americans think the American dream is dying or dead. Wages aren't keeping pace with the cost of living increases. Good paying jobs are being replaced with low-paying ones in the retail or service industry. Health care premiums and out of pocket costs are soaring.

So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the same poll showed that 47 percent of Americans think we should be less active in global affairs.

The Economist has a new piece out today called "What Would America Fight For?" bemoaning America's reluctance to act aggressively in foreign policy. But the globalists should understand that as long as most Americans don't see their lives getting better, they will have no appetite to try to make the lives of Syrians or Ukrainians better.

This will, in turn, make the world less stable, and empower our enemies and adversaries. China will grow more powerful. Russia will be emboldened. Islamists will continue their reign of terror -- heck, they killed 4 Americans in Benghazi and got away with it.

But persuading Americans that we should be more active around the world requires showing them how their lives are improving at home. In other words, we need to rebuild American confidence -- that means we need politicians who focus more on what's good for America -- our people, our economy, our future-- and less on what helps their own reelection.
05/5/14 7:52 AM
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