Remember when Obama made that speech about all those marginalized people who distrusted all the good things government could do for them and therefore headed out to the remote wilderness away from civilization where they could bitterly cling to their guns and religion? Unbeknownst to Obama, he was describing the majority of Americans. Note especially how even independents break on this question:
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.
The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.
Now, to be fair to Obama, it's entirely possible that there weren't nearly this many people who felt that government was a threat to their freedoms back when he made that speech. But they sure do now. And given that pretty much everything Obama wants to do legislatively will result in expanding the reach of government, Congressional Democrats would do well to note the extent to which the people now agree with Ronald Reagan about the danger of the words, "I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help."