The government of the United States derives it's authority and legitimacy from the consent of the governed. But with distrust in government at an all time high, how long will it be before that consent is removed?
Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan RancorDistrust under Obama exceeded the two previous lows which occurred during Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter's presidencies.
The People and Their Government
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
April 18, 2010
By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days. A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials.
Rather than an activist government to deal with the nation’s top problems, the public now wants government reformed and growing numbers want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of major financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation’s problems – including more government control over the economy – than there was when Barack Obama first took office.
You might not have heard this story reported in the past weeks. That's because many "news" headlines reported unfounded claims by Democrats that opponents of Obama's health care were racists, or that opposition to Obama could lead to violent extremism. Those outrageous and inflammatory calumnies were followed by the suggestion that supporters of an Arizona law to enforce immigration laws were also racist.
Those incidents were perhaps one of the reasons why trust in government has plummeted. But there's so much more. Who can forget the bills moving through congress which are thousands of pages long that few members read or understand? Massive deficits increasing debt in a few years beyond that which we have incurred since our nation's founding. Wasteful spending, cronyism, Chicago thug politics and all the rest.
And then, there's this:
- The 2,000 page bill Democrats insist will save us from greedy Wall Street types has a provision enabling government to monitor nearly every financial transaction YOU make. Where are the civil liberties types who screeched about "domestic spying" when Bush wanted to monitor terrorists overseas calls and emails?
- Federal Inspectors may be coming to your home before you permitted to sell it to make sure it meets "green" standards if provisions of Cap and Tax legislation passes.
- Thousands more IRS agents will be hired (at the cost of $10 billion) to enforce Obama's edict that you buy health insurance.
Government poking their nose into your business like never before. Is this what people voted for when they voted for "change" in 2008?
There's only one solution to the madness. The governed must remove their consent to be governed and vote for better change in 2010 and again in 2012. It will take a monumental effort to overcome the monumental mistakes of elections in 2006 and 2008. But it can and must be done to preserve the freedom Americans have come to expect as their birthright! Slavery to big government is NOT an option!