(NaturalNews) In past election years, there was a joke that the choices for president were so bad someone ought to put Mickey Mouse on the ballot because he'd probably win. Based on the most recent public opinion polls, Mickey is looking better and better.
As bad as Democrat Obama's numbers are getting - and they are bad - that doesn't necessarily translate into good news for Republicans.
"Currently, a majority of states show approval ratings below 50 percent. Whether Obama is victorious will also depend in part on who his GOP challenger is, whether a significant third-party candidate runs, and the degree to which the president's supporters turn out to vote," says Jeffrey M. Jones, a political poll analyst at Gallup.
A recent Washington Post survey found that barely one in four Americans - 26 percent - had any confidence that Congress and the president could solve the nation's most pressing problems, and that more than three in four, or 78 percent, were genuinely dissatisfied with their government in general.
And, in true "bipartisan" fashion, both of the country's major parties are equally loathed.
And while congressional popularity has waxed and waned throughout our history, this time seems different - because this time, Americans are questioning our very form of government. They are wondering whether representative democracy even works anymore, and judging by the political process in D.C., it's no wonder more of us are beginning to have doubts about the ability to govern ourselves.
Case in point. When our leaders have a lengthy, rancorous debate about how much to raise our national debt when we're already in debt more than $14 trillion, while cutting spending becomes a secondary issue at best, then clearly Washington's priorities are obscenely misplaced.
In the military there is a saying: There are no bad units, just bad leaders. And while individual cases may vary, in general that's true. For the most part, a squad, platoon or company is only as good as its leadership, and when its leadership fails, the unit will fail to accomplish its mission. Our country is beset with poor leadership, and it shows.
To paraphrase a line from the movie, "The Distinguished Gentlemen," serving this country in Congress is no longer about doing the right thing for the nation, it's just about being there.