Despite the inordinate quantity of press coverage about next year's presidential election, attention to TV debates and the consuming desire of the media to predict who will win in 2012, the polls show that no candidate in either party is reaching 50 percent of public support.
Meanwhile, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted jointly by Democrats and Republicans, reports that 74 percent of Americans think our government is taking us in the wrong direction, and only 17 percent think we are on the right track. Other polls are similar, with Gallup reporting 85 percent dissatisfied with the way our country is headed, and only 13 percent satisfied.
The locals are restless, the grassroots are demanding change and the Tea Partiers are expecting results, but Congress is stalemated and President Obama spends his time fundraising and campaigning for his own re-election. Why hasn't any candidate been able to ride citizen dissatisfaction into majority support?
I recommend that every presidential candidate read three books to understand why they don't get it. First, they should read the best book about Barack Obama, "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism," which explains how he became a Socialist while attending Columbia University.
Nobody knew anything about what was called the "lost chapter" of Obama's life until a real scholar, Stanley Kurtz, did the original research. The highlight of the research was a 1985 Socialist Scholars Conference addressed by Frances Fox Piven (known for advocating the Cloward-Piven strategy of killing capitalism by loading more and more people on welfare).
The presidential candidates should then read two books that explain in depressing detail why grassroots Americans are convinced that our government is taking us in the wrong direction and over a cliff before our children and grandchildren will ever achieve the American dream. Those two new books are "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" by Patrick J. Buchanan and "After America: Get Ready for Armageddon" by Mark Steyn.
Those books will help the candidates understand and maybe even develop some empathy for the Americans whose votes they seek and must have if they are to win.
Buchanan explains how the America most adults grew up in is fast disappearing. Americans resent the dictatorial, undemocratic way that elitists in the media, academia, the bureaucracy and the courts have spit on the foundations of our culture.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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