On this most patriotic of national holidays, July 4th weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the state of our nation and most particularly how President Obama is viewed by the American public.

With the American economy contracting by 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and the Supreme Court slapping the president down in 4 rulings over the past two weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports that the most recent Gallup poll shows confidence in President Obama at an all-time low of 29 percent.

It’s not hard to understand why his approval numbers are so low when you look at issues like the IRS scandal in which a June 4th Fox News poll shows 76 percent of the public believes the IRS deliberately destroyed emails as part of a cover-up.

A recent Newsmax poll goes on to show that 79 percent of those polled do not trust the president and 65 percent of the people believe the president’s signature healthcare law (ObamaCare) has hurt them and not helped them.

In the face of all this we see a defiant president taunting the House Majority Leader John Boehner to sue him.  Who would have predicted when he took office that President Obama’s numbers with 2 years left on his term are matching those of George W. Bush’s?

While liberals and progressives surely must be disappointed in how their president is perceived and the failure of his ability to get meaningful legislation of any kind passed since ObamaCare, this is no time for republicans and conservatives to gloat over Mr. Obama’s demise since none of this is good for the country as demonstrated by the negative 2.9 percent growth of the economy in the first quarter of 2014.

America is a great nation and we should look to the future with hope and confidence, but that is hard to envision given the political divisiveness that this president has sown.

Cary Hall

America’s Healthcare Advocate