The Bundy Ranch Saga has crystallized the mood of the American people.
Cliven Bundy, in a dispute with the Federal government, managed to call enough attention to his plight to mobilize hundreds of Americans to stand with him as he nullified federal law.
Through organized networks of regular Americans and largely through social media, and without traditional news media calling attention to Bundy's side of the complaint, the Federal government found out in a hurry that heavy-handed tactics against the American people will not work.
I believe regular Americans are on the cusp of doing what it takes to teach the Federal government that they work for us, not the other way around, and the mood of the nation is reflected in The Bundy Ranch Saga.
Breitbart's Tony Lee summed up a "national mood" poll in January this way:
"..66% of Americans are 'unhappy with the size and power of the federal government.' This number has been the roughly the same for the last three years after jumping 10 percentage points between 2008 and 2011. In addition, 65% of Americans 'are dissatisfied with the nation's system of government and how well it works, the highest percentage in Gallup's trend since 2001.'"
The poll's summary read, "Obama and the elected representatives in Congress have faced a tough audience in the American public in recent years, with the majority dissatisfied with the performance of government and concerned about its size and power."
But, this standoff also showed that television and print media, in large part, have become irrelevant, which also reflects recent polling, like this 2011 Gallup poll, showing that the majority of Americans consistently distrust the media, and can discern its bias.
"Americans remain largely distrusting of the news media, with 55% saying they have little or no trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly, and 60% perceiving bias one way or the other."
"American's Confidence in Newspapers Continue to Erode," is the title of another poll by Gallup, done last summer. "Americans with higher levels of education -- college or beyond -- are less confident in TV news than those with only some or no college education. However, Americans of all educational backgrounds express similarly low confidence in newspapers," the summary read.
With the highest number of Americans now describing themselves politically as independents, it's been found that most independent voters get their news from the internet.
That means that the American people have responded to media bias by seeking out information they believe to be true, using their own discernment, rather than allow most news media reports be the last word on any subject. It means traditional media is becoming irrelevant. It also means that Americans do not trust Washington DC, and see themselves as the antidote to the power and corruption of the federal government and that traditional, MSM, whatever you like to call the large conglomerate media, is seen as much as an enemy of the people as is the federal government.
America's mood is ripe for confrontation; I think that is clear. Many believe that it has been for a while now, and believe, as I do, that the President's extreme partisan stance on every issue, his rejection of traditional American values and dictatorial rejection of the rule of law, while the media looks the other way, or worse, defends it, has driven Americans to be on constant alert. If they can't trust their government or get an even shake in the media, they only have themselves, don't they?
The Bundy Ranch Saga proved the American people are fed up. That realization begs the question, "What will happen next?"