Shock Poll: Americans Want To Mind Their Own Business

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Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. should mind its own business concerning foreign policy, and should allow other countries to mind theirs without our intervention – whether for good or ill.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of Americans – a historic high ever since the poll began in the early 1960s – believe the United States should worry only about the United States.

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According to Pew, Americans’ resentment at recent Presidential Administrations over Mideast interventionist policies has fostered an unprecedented degree of isolationist philosophy among average Americans.

“Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era,” said Pew Founding Director Andrew Kohut. “Feeling burned by Iraq and Afghanistan and burdened by domestic concerns, the public feels little responsibility and inclination to deal with international problems that are not seen as direct threats to the national interest. The depth and duration of the public’s disengagement these days goes well beyond the periodic spikes in isolationist sentiment that have been observed over the past 50 years.”

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Quester55

    Ever tell Your Wife not to Gossip? How about telling a Child to stay out of the Cookie jar?, Your odds of winning either case are zero to none!
    American Citizens can DEMAND that the Government Mind it’s own business, All Day long, 24/7/365, And as always, The government will do the direct opposite!!
    In the past, We as a Nation had Tried to ” Mind our own Business “, Before entering WW2, But After Japan’s attack, we couldn’t continue along that path.
    As for the Little Out breaks, we have now, We could Mind our own Business, Yet we are Saddled with a Mule-Headed Muslim, that feels it’s his duty to Stick His Whole Head,” UP”, Everyone’s Business.

    • Centurian

      Read up on WWII. We did everything we could to egg Japan on and invite them to attack us. It was necessary as a pretense for entering the European war and distracting Japan from Russia so that they could become entangled in the fight with the Germans. FDR imposed fuel and oil sanctions on Japan to try to provoke them. When he knew of the coming attack, he ignored the Navy’s request for help (I guess he Benghazi’d them).There are many history sources for this information that have not been revised. Herbert Hoover’s book “Freedom Betrayed” is a good starting point. It is well documented and footnoted to support each point. You do know that US & British banks and industry financially underwrote the Nazis before and, secretly, half way through the war, right? Then the Marshal Plan and rebuilding of Europe fueled the US economy for a decade and essentially subjugated most of Europe.

      As for WWI, the whole thing was a set up. The assassination of one Arch Duke set the world on fire? Nope! It was planned and Wilson was knee deep in it. He needed an excuse to initiate globalist policies. New warfare technologies needed to be proven so that they would sell.
      The “innocent passenger ship” Lusitania, probably torpedoed by the Germans provided an incident that created public pressure for the US to enter the war? Well, turns out that recently it has been proven that the ship was carrying the weapons that the Germans claimed it was, in violation of treaties and counter to US and British claims. As it is now proven, it was the US and Brits who sent those people to their deaths by using them as human shields for weapons trafficking.

      Spanish American War? Same story. We attacked them using the sinking of the Maine (which was most likely blown up by the US in a false flag attack) as an excuse. We ended up with Puerto Rico, The Philippines and few other small territories added to our Empire and we got Spain out our hair as one of the few entities that could possibly challenge our hegemony in the Americas.

  • Joe C

    I am in full agreement. Who the hell besides our ruling class (i.e. globalists) thinks we are supposed to be the world’s policeman?

  • C4LCNCPLS

    Finally, the people are waking up!

  • Louis Lemieux

    If France had minded its own business during our Revolutionary War with England, the U.S.A. would not exist today.

    • Alan

      That’s a pretty bold statement Louis. How can you possibly know what the outcome of the Revolutionary War would have been without the meager assistance of France? There are no certainties in such matters.

    • denise0513

      France got involved in the Revolutionary War because it benefited them as well as us.

  • jdn

    Perpetual WAR is our legacy and our children’s fate . We no longer have an economic machine and what we do have is dwindling day by day . If your children are not born to be wealthy they can either bid to find a safe government job or hope to be on welfare or go to WAR . There is no need for the draft with no jobs . More and more I see the jobs once filled by the youth being filled by the middle aged and those who will never speak English .

  • Rocketman

    It’s not an ” isolationist philosophy” because we aren’t shutting ourselves off from the rest of the world. We are just not sticking our nose into everyone else’s business whether we need to or not. This was the governing philosophy of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and the majority of the other founding fathers and when we had libertarian presidents like that I think that we did pretty well.dealing with the rest of the other nations. The only trouble that we had back then was the berbery coast pirates (now Libya) and the war of 1812.

  • funtimesahead

    I wonder if the next president – Hillary Rodham – will have the courage to go to Benghazi when she takes the throne in 2016? Should be fun to watch her squiggle and squirm her way around the problems her beloved democrats have created throughout the world. Expecting that she will be an effective president is like expecting that Usain Bolt will be the next British Open Golf Champion!

    • IsThisAmerica

      She should just disappear and be gone. She is a foul wretched B—H and worthless to us. She lies just as good as Obama. She does not care. “What differance does it make”? If she wins the seat God help us all. She is no leader. I will not vote for her. We need a REAL leader. Who? I have no idea but not her.

  • laura merrone

    I don’t like the word “Isolationist” either. Is Switzerland “isolationist” because it remained neutral all these centuries? No, because the basic tenets of a republic is to mind its own business. An empire, on the other hand, intervenes constantly in world affairs and meddles in everybody’s business. We’ve been doing that for the last 120 years or so and still claiming to be a republic. Are we a republic or an empire? We can’t be both… Switzerland, by the way, has been a republic for 700 years and is one of the richest countries in the world. I wonder if there is a connection??? Anyway, we need to get back to our Founder’s views and quit trying to run the world and we would be a lot better off. Probably, we would be able to shrink the deficit, have universal healthcare and have lower tax rates all at the same time…if we only had a militia and it would only be for self-defense.

  • Motov

    We have never been good at “foreign policies” and should adhere to the Constitution, by staying out of foreign entanglements, and minding our own business.

  • mobowhntr

    I believe that this is the right choice at the moment. We should always have friends in the world, but not go sticking our noses where it is not wanted. Every country on the planet has had the same time and opportunities to advance, defer from wars, fix hunger and homeless etc..we did our share of it and we are still one of the greatest nations in the world. We need to get out of foreign affairs now and fix things at home. We could actually end hunger in this country if we were not shipping %50 of ours over seas! There would be funds without raising taxes to care for the homeless, there would never be a hungry veteran, employment would be in a constant hiring mode. Imagine if we had no unemployment and all our products were actually made in the good old U.S of A!