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Get out of town! Why would Americans increasingly believe that? It’s not as if the federal government has forced them to buy insurance for the privilege of breathing, threatened to grab their firearms, or imposed a new and restrictive definition of “free expression” of religion.
Oh, wait …
As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.
In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms. [Read more]
Let’s see: the country’s right of center, no question about it, regardless of Bill O’Reilly’s protestations to the contrary. The nation wants the borders locked down more than mass deportations; jobs suck; we’re sick and tired of PC Nazis like Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg telling us what to eat and drink; and we reelect an Alinsky radical who hates Jews and could care less about gun violence with anyone other than those who are not committing gun crimes.
How did this happen? Well, Mitt Romney couldn’t find a conservative base with a GPS and 40,000 Mormons holding up Burma Shave signs.