Pat Caddell: American Government Has Lost The Consent of the Governed

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Fox News analyst and one of the country’s top pollsters, Pat Caddell, says there is “no doubt” that government has lost the consent of the governed in America today, pointing out that 90 percent say Washington “doesn’t work for the people,” but now works for its own interests instead.

“Look at what’s happening there,” Caddell tells host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Daily, referring to the current $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill, “which I guarantee you will be one of the greatest giveaways to special interests ever devised.” Caddell blasted Republicans for “giving away the store,” saying they are “handing over everything” to the Democrats in order to allow oil companies to export fuel.

“It’s about incompetence of government,” said Caddell, adding, not only is it incompetent but “it’s falling apart right before our eyes and a super-majority of Americans across the board agree….”

Asked what he wanted to learn from candidates in tonight’s Republican debate, Caddell said he wanted to know “when are we going to stop this supposed idea that we have that we are going to make things better in Congress and in fact things only continue the same way? And the second question I would ask is why are you people not talking about, not only the crisis we have with ISIS, but the crisis we have with Iran”?

Caddell cited Iran’s refusal to abide by the rules of a deal that technically doesn’t even exist, while America prepares to “hand them $100 billion” as if it did. Caddell also faulted GOP Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to fight Obama on the issue.

“Congress talks about many issues,” said Caddell, “but none of them that really matter, it seems to me.”

When 72 percent of American believe the country is in decline, when 60 percent believe that the abrogation of the moral command that we give our children better than we receive is failing … that their children and grandchildren will not get what they got. And when we have more than 85 percent of the American people who believe that the system is such that even if you work hard and play by the rules the system is rigged in favor of those who are rich and powerful, which is the abrogation of the American Dream. I want to know why none of these candidates are explaining. This is the bigger question, why are none of you campaigning on the truth the American people know?

Conversely, Caddell suggested most were campaigning simply because they wanted  to be president.

The full interview can be heard below.