1 in 4 also says nation will implode in next decade
One in seven Americans believes that the nation eventually will be ruled by a dictator, and another one in five says it eventually will break up into several sovereign regions, according to a new poll reflecting the dark shadow the country is facing.
More than one in four respondents believe the United States likely will collapse not just in their lifetime, but in the next decade, meaning the successor to Barack Obama would be unable to finish a second term.
Others believe a new “democracy” will arise from the ashes of the current republican form of government.
The results are from a telephone poll conducted for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. It was taken Jan. 9-12 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.22 percentage points.
Asked to speculate on what would happen to the U.S. after a hypothetical failure of the current government, a plurality said they think some new sort of democracy would emerge.
Another 20 percent said they think the existing states would form into several different countries, based either on region or philosophical commonalities.
Just 13 percent said they think a dictator would rise to control.
But Fritz Wenzel, president of the polling organization, pointed out that than a third of the respondents said they were unsure what might happen, “an indication that this type of question is beyond what they conceive could ever happen.”
Those who identified themselves as “very liberal,” whose philosophies align most closely with those who now control Washington, were much more optimistic than the average. In that group, only 15 percent said it was likely that the nation would collapse during the next 10 years.
On the other end of the scale, 50 percent of those who are “very conservative” expressed that opinion.
On the fundamental question of expectations for a national implosion, more than 40 percent of the “liberal” said a new democracy would emerge. But only 21 percent of the “very conservative” agreed.
A full 42 percent of the respondents said they expect the nation to collapse in their lifetimes, based on the federal debt and “bloated” and “dysfunctional bureaucracy” that runs Washington.
Only 31 percent thought that very unlikely.
Thirty-eight percent said they expect a collapse within the next 20 years, and 27 percent believe it will happen during the next decade.
“No government lasts forever, and this survey shows that 42 percent believe it is likely the federal government is so badly in debt and is so dysfunctional and is so threatened by foreign enemies that it will collapse sometime during their lifetime,” Wenzel said.
“Just 51 percent said such a thing is unlikely during their lifetime, a remarkably low percentage given that we are talking about the collapse of the longest-running democratic republic in the history of the world. The guess among respondents appears to be that the collapse will occur in about 20 years, as 41 percent said as much. Just 27 percent said they think the country will collapse in the next 10 years.”
He found it “remarkable” that one in four Americans thinks the country is in its last decade of existence.
‘2nd term free of electoral restraints may be a frightening prospect’
There always have been those few who have launched diatribes over the dictatorial actions of any given U.S. presidential administration, over civil rights, foreign affairs, the economy, the draft or a dozen other topics – even though the Constitution was written specifically to prevent the collection of too much power by one branch of government.
Now, again, there are words like “egocentric megalomaniac” being ascribed to the White House, and warnings about detention camps and government surveillance of its citizens.
But where previous generations of warnings emanated from lone wolves with their fax machines in dusty spare rooms, the current alarms are being issued by the likes of Investors Business Daily, First Amendment authority Nat Hentoff, New York Times best-selling author Robert Ringer and their equals.
“A second term free of electoral restraints [for Obama] may be a frightening prospect,” IBD wrote in a commentary in the last week. “This is, after all, a president who has said he can’t wait for Congress to act and will govern by executive order and regulations if necessary. He has questioned the Supreme Court’s ‘unprecedented’ review of Obamacare.”
The publication pointed out that the Obama administration already is in contempt of court – in a court dispute over its ban on oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
When U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the Obama Interior Department unconstitutionally imposed an offshore drilling moratorium, the agency “simply established a second ban that was virtually identical.”
“Judge Feldman was not amused. ‘Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,’ Feldman said in his ruling. ‘Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second moratorium …. provides this court with clear and convincing evidence of its contempt,’” the editorial said.
The issue recently was brought into the headlines by comments from Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News analyst who said, “I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism. A few months ago he was saying the Congress doesn’t count. The Congress doesn’t mean anything. I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation. Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation.
“That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing,” Napolitano said.
His comments came after statements from Obama that the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t take the “unprecedented” action of actually overturning the Obamacare law, even though that is exactly what courts do when justices determine the legislation is unconstitutional.
“I think he [Obama] has some problems with understanding the Constitution, or accepting limitations on his power,” said Napolitano. “Look, they’re equal branches of government, but with respect to what the law means and what the Constitution means, the court is superior to the president.”