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Rasmussen: America has 65 Million Reasons for Optimism
Townhall ^ | 04/04/2014 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 04/04/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

I am an optimist. I believe that America's best days are still to come and today's children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents.

The vast majority of Americans are more pessimistic, and it's easy to understand why. Looking at the behavior and performance of our political leaders, there's little reason for hope.

That's why I look in places like Johnstown, Penn., rather than Washington, D.C. Last week, I spoke in Johnstown at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. I met many good hardworking people who devote a lot of time, energy, money and talent to making their community a better place to live and work. There were business leaders, a university president, heads of civic organizations, community volunteers, some local politicians and more.

These good people roll up their sleeves and get things done ... and they're not alone. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, there are 65 million Americans who volunteer their time through a civic organization. All told, they contributed just less than 8 billion hours last year, time worth an estimated $175 billion dollars.

The largest number volunteered through churches and other religious organizations (34 percent), with another large group through schools and educational programs (26 percent).

Volunteer activity can be found improving communities in all demographic groups. The highest level of engagement is among those ages 35-44, followed closely by those 45-54. But a third of the nation's volunteers are under 35, and another third are over 55.

There are only modest differences along racial lines, and women are a bit more likely than men to volunteer. People who live in urban areas are somewhat less likely than those in rural and suburban areas to volunteer, but the differences are small.

There are some geographic differences with places in the middle of the country generally enjoying higher levels of volunteer activity. But the big story is that volunteering to solve problems is a truly all-American activity. It can be found in every nook and cranny of the nation, among all segments of society.

People who volunteer are also generous with their wallets. They are twice as likely to donate to charities as other Americans.

The people I met in Johnstown, and the 65 million other volunteers around the country, fill me with hope, because they are addressing the real needs of our society and solving real problems. Many of them, however, don't share my hope for a simple reason. They are so busy solving one problem after another, they don't recognize that they are shaping and saving the nation at the same time.

In America, change always begins in the popular culture and society. Politics and politicians always lag a decade or two behind. That was true at the founding of our nation when the colonies thought of themselves as independent for decades before the Revolution. It was also true for the suffrage movement, the civil rights movement and other great shifts in American history.

That's why I see a bright future for our country. I recognize that there are 535 reasons in Congress to be pessimistic. More importantly, though, in Johnstown and other communities throughout the land, there are 65 million reasons for optimism.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: rasmussen

1 posted on 04/04/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, Scott - the crazy people are in charge.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 9:41:38 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: kiryandil
Sorry, Scott - the crazy people are in charge.

For example, last winter, the farmers burned much of the storage heating propane to dry green, wet, immature corn to produce ethanol, so we could screw up our gasoline supply with it.

3 posted on 04/04/2014 9:43:43 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: kiryandil

Good news, major wave midterm elections coming up!


4 posted on 04/04/2014 9:43:59 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever he’s smokin’ I want some.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 9:45:11 AM PDT by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank-you for making my day with this excellent article!


6 posted on 04/04/2014 9:45:23 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind

We of the 65 million are still waiting for leadership from Washington to get us our country back. We’ll do the heavy lifting if Bone head and his crew will only stand up and be with us. We’re not holding our breath waiting for them.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: kiryandil
For another example, serial thug/criminal Harry "Show Me The Jewelry!" Reid is out quacking about gun control after a SECOND shooting of unarmed SOLDIERS on the SAME MILITARY BASE.

As I said - the crazy people are in charge.

8 posted on 04/04/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: SeekAndFind

May 16, 2014, “Operation American Spring” Rally is coming to Washington D.C.

November, 2014 is coming.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 9:47:57 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind

He lives in la la land.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 9:48:28 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: kiryandil

For now. November 2014 is coming.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 9:48:35 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scott is correct folks. Do not give up!


12 posted on 04/04/2014 9:49:29 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Bad news. Evidence of massive vote fraud in swing states.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 9:50:28 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this that new math they keep speaking of?

The highest level of engagement is among those ages 35-44, followed closely by those 45-54. But a third of the nation’s volunteers are under 35, and another third are over 55.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 9:51:14 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: SeekAndFind

I consider myself an optimist, but I am not feeling so optimistic about America. We simply have a population that lost it’s way. I don’t see what will get it back on track.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 9:51:17 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Little Ray

Sure about that, point out info please! Thank-you!


16 posted on 04/04/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: kiryandil
For another example, serial thug/criminal Harry "Show Me The Jewelry!" Reid is out quacking about gun control after a SECOND shooting of unarmed SOLDIERS on the SAME MILITARY BASE.

Aside from the tragedy of all the carnage, I was wondering who would be the first to use it to further the gun control issue.

17 posted on 04/04/2014 9:51:51 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good grief, do not give up folks!


18 posted on 04/04/2014 9:53:49 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
For now. November 2014 is coming.

The Red & Blue Washington clown cars will just continue bashing against each other in the same old, same old kabuki show.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/03/what_the_gop_does_with_a_supermajority.html
What the GOP Does with a Supermajority (North Carolina)
March 26, 2014

The ultimate party litmus test: given a veto-proof legislature, will Republicans finally start to reduce the scope and size of government? It looks like the answer is no...

19 posted on 04/04/2014 9:55:47 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Biggirl

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3140198/posts

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered in North Carolina’s 2012 Election
PJ Media ^ | April 2, 2014 | Bryan Preston
Posted on 4/2/2014 4:33:31 PM by jazusamo

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.
The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.

There is a reason the Regime opposes Voter ID.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 9:58:50 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: kiryandil

There are still a number of conservative states out there though.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 9:59:04 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SeekAndFind

And America has $108 trillion reasons for pessimism. We can all volunteer while we get paid transfer payments from the Welfare State, at least until the suckers stop lending us money and the last “rich” person leaves.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 10:00:01 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: All

http://www.truthandaction.org/operation-american-spring-ret-colonel-creates-march-washington-may-16-2014/


23 posted on 04/04/2014 10:03:21 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Mark17

I think Reid might be ousted by his own rats. He sure is squawking a lot lately.


24 posted on 04/04/2014 10:05:47 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: SeekAndFind
Surely this isn't one of them...

25 posted on 04/04/2014 10:08:46 AM PDT by yoe
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To: SeekAndFind
I spoke in Johnstown at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. I met many good hardworking people who devote a lot of time, energy, money and talent to making their community a better place to live and work.

Yeah, but they've survived the past 35 years by repeatedly sending John Murtha to Congress to steal for them and ship the booty back home.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 10:12:16 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

” I believe that America’s best days are still to come and today’s children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents”

I wonder if this guy has kids?


27 posted on 04/04/2014 10:17:03 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The people I met in Johnstown, and the 65 million other volunteers around the country, fill me with hope”

The 300,000,000 privately owned firearms in this country give me hope.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 10:19:49 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: SeekAndFind
I recognize that there are 535 reasons in Congress 535+1 Reasons in Washington D.C. to be pessimistic.

There. I fixed it.

29 posted on 04/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT by ZULU (STOP JEB BUSH!!!! NO MORE BUSHES!! US OUT OF THE UN AND UN OUT OF US!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I sense the reason why this article was written was to show that, even in the worse of times, folks do take the time to help in the community.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 10:57:43 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Little Ray

At least the massive voter fraud problem has been cleaned up.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 10:58:38 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: mulligan
lives in la la land.

Any bets that he's moved to Colorado or Seattle?

32 posted on 04/04/2014 11:03:49 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that America’s best days are still to come and today’s children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents.

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How, exactly, does Scott see his children and grandchildren paying off the $5T in debt that this administration has racked up, in this *better life*?


33 posted on 04/04/2014 11:06:02 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: txhurl

Maybe he knows that the Senate is gone after this upcoming election.


34 posted on 04/04/2014 11:45:52 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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