Credibility is defined in the Oxford Dictionary of English as ‘the quality of being trusted and believed in.’ My question is can this term still be applied to those who work for us in the halls of congress? Amid all the recent disclosures of corruption, half truths and inaccuracies, do the American people have any trust left? I think not.
Now to add insult to injury, we seem to have mainstream media outlets that can no longer be trusted to report the news fairly and in an unbiased form. ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and even Fox News to a lesser extent seem to have hidden agendas by which everything is first filtered and then often transformed before it’s fed to the masses. The resulting media soup they spoon up is tasty but lacks substance or meat as it were. Perhaps the temptation of choosing one side or another is just too much to resist.
The end result, for many Americans, has been a tendency to cling increasingly to one side or the other in the political spectrum. (You can tell them apart by the channels they watch). True ‘middle of the roaders’ are becoming more an more rare. Yet, as the masses polarize to one pole or another in roughly the same proportions, it makes this group that much more powerful. I predict that many elections in the years to come will increasingly be decided by a small cadre of voters who refuse to be swayed by one party or the other, but who vote on the issues and not the candidates.