Skip to main content

Were a polarized country. More so every year, for a wide variety of reasons.

It's hard enough to get a "simple majority" on most issues, let alone a "filibuster-proof majority" (60%) on almost every issue to come down the political pipe.

So when a phenomenal, near-absolute majority (90%) of Americans actually agreed on something, you'd think it would be BIG News. You'd think that popular sentiment would lead to sweeping changes in the Congress, simply 'following the lead of the American People' ...

You'd think that -- but you'd be wrong.  Dead wrong.

You see, Congress doesn't always care about what the American People really want ... not by a long shot.

Reality check: 90 percent of Americans rarely agree on anything. We’re diverse that way.

But earlier this year, the respected Quinnipiac poll found that 91 percent of Americans supported universal background checks for commercial firearm purchases, including 88 percent of gun-owning families. Hell, a poll commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns conducted by conservative pollster Frank Luntz found that 74 percent of NRA members supported background checks on every gun sale. But when a bipartisan bill to achieve that end came up in Congress, it couldn’t get enough votes to pass.

What We Didn’t Learn After Newtown
by John Avlon, -- Dec 8, 2013

When was the last time 90% of Americans agreed on anything?

When was the last time 60% of Congress cared enough to do something about it?

Not recent enough.  ... IOW, NOT in a very, VERY long time.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Sylv, chrississippi, TXdem, Mogolori, glitterscale, SaveDemocracy, Geenius at Wrok, Gooserock, karlpk, donna in evanston, eeff, polecat, RFK Lives, bostonjay, astro, Heart of the Rockies, concernedamerican, 88kathy, TracieLynn, wonkydonkey, susakinovember, Agathena, ask, samdiener, vmibran, roses, sngmama, ctsteve, wader, Quege, SneakySnu, kharma, Lawrence, cosette, Hawksana, HeyMikey, mnguitar, NYFM, rlharry, econlibVA, zerelda, randallt, Hillbilly Dem, Josiah Bartlett, sawgrass727, rapala, nailbender, bloomer 101, radarlady, ichibon, el dorado gal, basquebob, YucatanMan, EJP in Maine, Laurence Lewis, reflectionsv37, eru, Inland, Hastur, Tunk, sodalis, mightymouse, We Shall Overcome, begone, detroitmechworks, cybersaur, tonyahky, cookseytalbott, AnnCetera, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, The Hindsight Times, Rosaura, Crashing Vor, katrinka, JVolvo, doinaheckuvanutjob, Turbonerd, nother lurker, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, kurt, bstotts, Nulwee, Aaa T Tudeattack, pat of butter in a sea of grits, ammasdarling, bluicebank, Habitat Vic, Russ Jarmusch, Loudoun County Dem, EdSF, puakev, FishOutofWater, HeartlandLiberal, daveygodigaditch, Matt Z, artisan, letsgetreal, carpunder, Assaf, TomP, Roger Fox, JeffW, TX Freethinker, mamamedusa, Involuntary Exile, NewDealer, lineatus, tofumagoo, RandomNonviolence, ClapClapSnap, petulans, Uncle Bob, Mayfly, 207wickedgood, maggiejean, bleuet, Glacial Erratic, greengemini, Carol in San Antonio, TheFern, Methinks They Lie, geebeebee, kevinpdx, histOries Marko, stevenwag, Tortmaster, jfromga, nocynicism, LookingUp, Words In Action, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, gramofsam1, Polly Syllabic, NM Ray, gulfgal98, pixxer, Jaimas, science nerd, slice, Front Toward Enemy, slowbutsure, sostos, La Gitane, HiKa, asterkitty, deeproots, Jasonhouse, BarackStarObama, poliwrangler, VTCC73, smirking, SoCalSal, DRo, No one gets out alive, Laurel in CA, BlueDragon, ridemybike, anodnhajo, MightyMoe, IndieGuy, Eric Nelson, The Voice from the Cave, jan4insight, Syoho, cuphalffull, wxorknot, oldpotsmuggler, Glen The Plumber, ShoshannaD, CalBearMom, Arilca Mockingbird, Heavy Mettle, Lily O Lady, JayRaye, ORswede, JerryNA, jellin76, night cat, palmer18, eagleray, Gurnt, wilywascal, IsaacKuo

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site