Why have we become so numb? Is it due to senseless war in Iraq and endless war in Afghanistan?

As the Friday budget sequester deadline looms, only a quarter of Americans are keeping their eye on the “action” in Washington, according to a survey released Feb. 25 by Pew Research Center and the Washington Post.

Despite that lack of interest, 60 percent of Americans believe the automatic spending cuts will have a major impact on the nation’s economy. What gives?

Pew and the Post suggest “public fatigue” is the root at America’s disinterest in the sequester threat. That’s bunk. It’s time for the people to take back D.C.

We have a pathetic situation when the president of the U.S. is forced to take his campaign directly to the people because his safely gerrymandered Congressional opponents are at the stage at which they don’t even attend social functions at the White House any more. What a disrespect for the Office of the President!

Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald Steib noted today that those sessions serve as a “bridge between the two parties” or the “sorts of activities that used to serve as natural lubricants in making the capital work.”

Pew and the Post found that most Americans will blame GOP Congressmen (45 percent) rather than the President (32 percent) if the automatic spending cuts go into effect. It will be interesting to see if that negative feeling toward Republicans has an impact on next year’s Congressional races.

Will Americans care more about their country then?

Stay tuned.