Let's ignore for a minute the 9% of people who have no problem with full government control, according to this Rasmussen poll. That number is disturbing in and of itself. Let's look at this part:
By a 54% to 43% margin, the Political Class believes the federal government should be allowed to do most anything. Mainstream voters reject that view by a 94% to three percent (3%) margin.
Seem outrageous? It absolutely is. But when you think about it, it's not hard to believe. Remember when Pete Stark came out and said it last week? When they passed bills on a "trust us, this won't hurt a bit" promise? Clearly, they know what's best. They are the ruling class and should be in charge. Nevermind us mere mortals that, you know, pay their salaries and actually function in and drive the economy that they are currently destroying.
A fundamental belief of the Left is that the government can fix anything that is broken in society, whether it be racial injustice, health care problems, failing banking systems, or evil little children that don't pay for licensing when they set up their lemonade stands. There is this idea of a state-sponsored utopia in Washington that compels them to meddle and "fix" everything they can get their hands on. The private sector is just too stupid to be left to their own devices. Black people and women need "national leaders" and caucuses because we're all just too stupid to "lead" ourselves. Small business owners clearly don't know what is best for their businesses, parents aren't trusted to know what's right for their children, and when a CEO is failing, a President with zero private sector experience is to destroy him and buy the floundering company.
After all, with such a brilliant cast of characters in Washington right now, why wouldn't we trust them to make all of our decisions for us? The idea that more than half of the people in charge of running our country believe that the federal government should have unlimited power is terrifying, and it is the very reason that we're forced to fight this fight right now. According to these numbers, 67% of people in the "political class" still believe that the country is generally on the right track, while a staggering 84% of mainstream voters believe that we're headed in the wrong direction. That is a better than 40% gap between the voters and the political class.
There is a fundamental disconnect between the people that we have elected to put in office and the people that make up the United States of America. We can have long conversations about how and why it happened, but the fact of the matter is that the people that are in Washington right now are there because we put them there. We are the ones with the power to change that.
So, next time we sit there in awe as the government stops people from talking about the Liberty Bell or forces people to attend government approved training that doesn't address their profession, remember who we're dealing with. Then, do your part to get the control freaks voted out.