While Democrats and Republicans and the White House wrangle over a federal budget and possible government shutdown, almost half of Americans say they are politically more in sync with the Tea Party than with the average congressman, according to Rasmussen Reports poll released this week.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters say when it comes to the major issues facing the country, their views are closer to the average Tea Party member as opposed to the average member of Congress,” reads the summary of the survey released on Tuesday. “Just 22% say their views are closest to those of the average congressman. Even more (30%) aren’t sure.”
While the Obama administration cited human rights atrocities in Libya as part of the reason for U.S. and U.N. military intervention there, neither the State Department nor the United Nations have apparently condemned an outbreak of violence in western Ethiopia, led by Muslim radicals. Since early March two Christians have reportedly been killed, more than 3,000 displaced and at least 69 churches destroyed.
Also, leading human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First appear not to have publicly condemned the attacks.