Pew: Majority now believes federal gov’t a threat to their freedom

posted at 12:01 pm on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

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.

The change, says Pew, comes largely from conservative Republicans, who went from 62% to 76% over the last 34 months.  However, a majority of self-described independents (55%) believe the same thing, almost the exact same as “moderate/liberal Republicans,” an increase of five points in that period.  That sentiment also increased among Democrats, going from 34% to 38%. Note, too, that the comparison takes place with March 2010, when Congress shoved ObamaCare into law despite widespread opposition that still exists today.

The history of this question in the series is illuminating, too:

Note the previous significant shift in opinion, which took place between August 2002 and October 2003.  That’s probably attributable to the Patriot Act, which Barack Obama used to oppose but liked a whole lot more once he took office.  Before that, the most significant shift was optimistic, right after 9/11, after pessimism had climbed throughout the Clinton administration.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake connects some of the dots:

This is an important piece of data to keep in mind as Congress debates new gun legislation. While polls show broad support for expanding background checks and limiting the manufacture and sale of certain types of so-called assault weapons, the flip side of that is that many Americans are wary of their government going too far in restricting their constitutional rights — be it on guns or anything else.

And if gun rights supporters can convince the public (and members of Congress) that the legislation creates a too-powerful federal government that impinges on people’s rights and freedoms, they may help reverse their early deficit in the polls.

The American public is very receptive to such a message.

For good reason.


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Wait a doggone minute there. I have consistently told I am in the fringe minority ever since Obama came on the scene. What changed?

DanMan on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Dear Pew: No s–t Sherlock.

rplat on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

As I said in the Headlines thread, alternate headline: “43% of Americans Support Slavery….To The Government”.

Bitter Clinger on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Yet, they voted for the biggest Progressive in 70 years and maybe the history of the country.

United States Schizophrenics of America

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The majority of Americans think the Gov. is a threat to our freedom yet they voted big daddy government Obama in for another 4 years?

How ’bout a poll for those who self-identify as sheep?

LetsBfrank on February 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Its nice to finally get a firm grasp on the obvious!

Irenaeus on February 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Too bad the GOP didn’t run a candidate who believes in free people and free markets in 2012. Instead they ran a candidate who was a mini-me statist.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Well duh.

gophergirl on February 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

@DanMan Obama wants that dog back. He be hungry.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I feel bhocare has done more to take our freedom from us more than anything else since bho was elected! bhocare is in every aspect of our lives.

The epa is second with their regulations/mandates/job cratering.

I don’t know why the numbers are not much much worse from those polled on our constant loss of freedom since bho was elected?
L

letget on February 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

The congnitive dissonance must be hell.

stvnscott on February 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Pew: Majority now believes federal gov’t a threat to their freedom

…and that’s why we voted them all back in?

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

MSM spin: Seventy-six percent of Americans no longer patriotic.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I wonder, how will this will play in Chicago

Welcome to shock and awe.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Not everyone is mentally capable of making a connection between the government that can give you everything, and the government than can take everything from you.

Archivarix on February 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Opps forgot the link

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Americans are wary of their government going too far in restricting their constitutional rights

Talk about burying the lede. “Restricting their constituional rights” is right. A restriction of a constitutional right is illegal!

When these journalists aren’t really thinking about what they are saying, they get it right. It is when they run it through their leftist ideological filter that they twist it into a feel good lie that fits their agenda.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Too bad the GOP didn’t run a candidate who believes in free people and free markets in 2012. Instead they ran a candidate who was a mini-me statist.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

They’ll do it again in 2016. Conservatives are unelectable, you know.

trigon on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Then why does the majority vote for more of the same?

Because the majority are utter mooching fools.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

On their Obamaphones, replenishing their EBT cards, waiting in line to sign up for endless unemployment benefits and free birth control pills.

forest on February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

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KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Hamburgers! Hamburgers! I’ll gladly pay you Wednesday.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The government that gives you phones is the government who listens to your conversations, notes your contacts, and collects your texts.

It is only one step away from telling you who you can/can’t associate with.

And why not? It’s their phone.

I do the same to my kids. I pay for the phone, I get to know what you are doing with it.

My kids wised up and moved out and got their own phones.

Obamaphone people, not so much.

Ditto, birth control, gun rights, healthcare, housing, jobs, and religious freedom…what the government provides the government can take away. Some folks get it.

Lily on February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Must buy more ammo…

sincerely,

conservative “gun nut”

Wyznowski on February 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Wow. Next, they’ll tell us that a majority believe that Joe Biden “may be a little off”.

kingsjester on February 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Trying to outvote the deceased, the lizard people, and Soros’s computers.

Archivarix on February 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

don’t blame me, blame congress and bush!
-dear leader

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The answer is simple. People don’t believe that even under the pubs, the federal gubmint won’t be a threat. The GOP needs a much better msging team. Articulating their beliefs and talking in soundbites is a pub weakness. They ain’t good at it. Yelling ‘debt’ or ‘socialism’ ain’t gonna cut it either. Those are old. Go with modern and present-day rhetoric and soundbites. Win the msging war (which the GOP did successfully on Obamacare, and therefore ’10) and we win.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector.

crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

which the GOP did successfully on Obamacare, and therefore ’10) and we win.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Won what in ’10? The silent monkey?

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Then why does the majority vote for more of the same?

Because the majority are utter mooching fools.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

What choice do they have? The two parties generally give up options that both promise more of the same. Is it too much to ask to have a candidate who believes in the people and runs on a platform of protecting their freedoms? People have been talking about needing better “messaging.” That is stupid. And is what the Democrats always say when people don’t agree with their statist policy overreach. The GOP also tries to sell statism, just using different “messaging” than the Democrats. The GOP doesn’t need better “messaging,” it needs a better message.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

On their Obamaphones, replenishing their EBT cards, waiting in line to sign up for endless unemployment benefits and free birth control pills.

forest on February 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Trying to figure out how Romney was going to do any better at protecting their freedoms than Obama. Because Romney sure wasn’t telling them.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

More evidence of the epic fail of Romney. He couldn’t turn any of the trends and passions of the time into a coherent and compelling argument for freedom. That’s why we have this unholy and havoc-wreaking idiocy, malice, abuse, corruption and wanna-be totalitarianism for another four years.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I wonder how they will like the news that the lowest bronze health care obama plan for a family is going to be 20,000 a year?

sandee on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I wonder how they will like the news that the lowest bronze health care obama plan for a family is going to be 20,000 a year?

sandee on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

They’ll have kittens. “This wasn’t supposed to happen to me!” they’ll whine.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Yet, they voted for the biggest Oppressive Progressive in 70 years and maybe the history of the country.

United States Schizophrenics of America

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

FIFY

This quote comes to mind:

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

It’s the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs.
This article is a bit long, but a timely read.

Jocundus on February 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Must buy more ammo…

sincerely,

conservative “gun nut”

Wyznowski on February 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Good luck finding some. The federal government is a threat to the availability of ammo, too.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

More evidence of the epic fail of Romney. He couldn’t turn any of the trends and passions of the time into a coherent and compelling argument for freedom. That’s why we have this unholy and havoc-wreaking idiocy, malice, abuse, corruption and wanna-be totalitarianism for another four years.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

you mean to tell me that the non-testical, dudley do-right approach failed? i’m…………..shocked.

GhoulAid on February 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I wonder how they will like the news that the lowest bronze health care obama plan for a family is going to be 20,000 a year?

sandee on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

They won’t like it. And will probably be thinking, “Dang, I wish that the only two viable choices for President in 2012 weren’t the only two men in the country to have implemented mandates for purchasing health insurance.”

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Well when we have people like mccain, graham, christie, boehner, the ‘spitter’, etc. saying they are r’s no wonder we have a major problem?
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letget on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

D’OH!

workingclass artist on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I wonder how they will like the news that the lowest bronze health care obama plan for a family is going to be 20,000 a year?

sandee on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

They’ll have kittens. “This wasn’t supposed to happen to me!” they’ll whine.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

$20,000 a year? For “Free” healthcare?

Can’t be?

/LIV

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I don’t see the president making any attempts to compromise now that he’s a lame duck. He’ll be pressured from the left to dig in and deliver, while claiming Republicans are causing all the problems. Independents will start catching on and we’ll make gains in the 2014 elections. Hopefully we can nominate a candidate more conservative than Romney in 2016.

perroviejo on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Well duh.

gophergirl on February 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

My exact words while reading this and was going to post until I came across yours first. I concur….

Static21 on February 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

$20,000 a year? For “Free” healthcare?

Can’t be?

/LIV

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

“It’s mostly free.” — The MSM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Too bad the GOP didn’t run a candidate who believes in free people and free markets in 2012. Instead they ran a candidate who was a mini-me statist.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

They’ll do it again in 2016. Conservatives are unelectable, you know.

trigon on February 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

extremist bitterclingers….etc.

workingclass artist on February 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

$20,000 a year? For “Free” healthcare?

Can’t be?

/LIV

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

They all thought it would be free, that someone else would be paying and not them.

Surprise!

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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.

Hey, any trolls want to dispute that part of Ed’s comment?

C’mon, trying to disprove the obvious on that score has been prime oppressive talking point for weeks, any takers?

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I can see the ad in WalMart now…Uncle Sugar bandaids as low as $495.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Where were these morons on Nov. 6?

farsighted on February 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Patriot act? LOL

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – B.Franklin 1775

GOP=Toast

Mr. Arrogant on February 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

farsighted on February 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Mbating their unicorns.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I’m through even trying to rationalize the election. Either it was stolen in mass election fraud that didn’t get reported or the majority of the electorate are now leeches.

Neither is good.

2013 America: Freedom? What Freedom? To go to work now will cost $20,000 a year in Obamacare mandate IN ADDITION TO all the taxes I have to pay or I’m going to have IRS thugs after me.

You tell me how “freedom” is even POSSIBLE with that reality?!

wildcat72 on February 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Most likely the original source of “I’ve got a baaaddd feeling about this”

Galt2009 on February 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Where were these morons on Nov. 6?

farsighted on February 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Demoralized by two years of House GOP fecklessness and collusion with the Indonesian and his leftist junta along with lack of any faith in Romney’s desire or ability to defend anything about America.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

shelves are empty at walmart…mr cmsinaz wanted to get some more…

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I see that all of the “blame Romney” folks are here today. You folks are a bunch of fools – who the hell do you people think could have beat santa obambi in November? The a$$holes that stayed home are the ones to blame and some of the folks complaining did just that.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

…and they reelected the same guy for President. Elections have consequences.

jas88 on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Thats Pure Crazy Talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(snark)

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

shelves are empty at walmart…mr cmsinaz wanted to get some more…

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yeah. It’s getting to the point where it’s worth buying something in an odd caliber just so you can get ammo for it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Pew: Majority now believes federal gov’t a threat to their freedom

Send this to your Senators and Representatives. Tweat it. Spread it around.

petefrt on February 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Well thats odd,in 2013,its almost doubled since 1995!!

Must be those ProgressiveTard Nazis!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I read an article that the dhs bought another 200,000 more rounds of ammo. The feds could be having a hand in no one being able to get ammo?
L

letget on February 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I see that all of the “blame Romney” folks are here today.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I submit that it is a candidate’s job to get people to vote for him. And, not only that, but to get more votes than the other guy gets. As such, all of your points point to Romney’s failure. And can be added to all of Romney’s failures that I have identified in this thread. Thank you.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

You folks are a bunch of fools – who the hell do you people think could have beat santa obambi in November?

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Pretty much any conservative with a backbone who would have been willing to fight Barky during the election instead of ignoring everything he’s done (and was doing, like Benghazi and his impeachable dictatorial rules on illegal kiddies up to 30 years old).

Romney was awful, and after the two years of the Weeping Boner caving on EVERYTHING and generally spitting in the Tea Party’s face (the people who put him in power in 2011) a lot of people just didn’t see the point. After all, the first thing the GOP cowards on the Hill did after the rout of 2010 was to collude with the Indonesian and the dems on that criminal lame duck session and then the Weeping Boner went on to screw everything up time and time again. They’re finishing up the political suicide started in 2006, now, with their insane push (again) for amnesty, thanks to the Rubio turd.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The GOP doesn’t need better “messaging,” it needs a better message.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

We agree. However, the GOP needs a better messenger.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Yeah yeah yeah. Pickett never should have listened to Lee either. It is today. Look out the window. Woulda-coulda-shoulda is the best excuse for everything.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

good idea

letget on February 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

hmmmm

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Bull(Obama) !

51%

Any other poll is meaningless.

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canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The GOP needs a bulldog to fight the impertinent rats, from all sides. I hate the GOP more than Obama.

Obama must be respected for getting away with all his charlatanic impertinent chicanery and lies, unfettered, undeterred, unopposed.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

F16s for everyone!

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Thank you.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Waiter: “Your choice today is a sh!t sandwich or a BLT”

You: “I don’t like bacon”

Waiter: “Would you like some fries with your sh!t sandwich?”

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I see that all of the “blame Romney” folks are here today. You folks are a bunch of fools – who the hell do you people think could have beat santa obambi in November? The a$$holes that stayed home are the ones to blame and some of the folks complaining did just that.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

who should we blame? i voted for mccain, and romney. and i, along others, got jack sh-t for doing so. maybe the people that stayed home realized they got shafted with another wimp that refused to take it to the closet bisexual muslim in chief.

GhoulAid on February 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Where were they in November?

Mark1971 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Where were these morons on Nov. 6?

farsighted on February 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

As was telegraphed in the primaries when turnout collapsed, they stayed home.

Independents will start catching on and we’ll make gains in the 2014 elections.

perroviejo on February 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Romney won indepdendents. There weren’t enough of them to make up for the conservatives that stayed home. The GOP needs to get the conservative base to turn out if they want to win. I think they won’t and I think we’re going to get shellacked in 2014 and 2016.

Doomberg on February 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

@Limerick Those families earning between $250-450K disagree with you. There goes your silent monkey comment.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

They’re finishing up the political suicide started in 2006, now, with their insane push (again) for amnesty, thanks to the Rubio turd.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Okay, so tell me who could have beat the dictator in chief?

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

The a$$holes that stayed home are the ones to blame and some of the folks complaining did just that.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Fu*k off. I volunteered for Romney and donated. He wasn’t merely a pathetic excuse for a warrior-candidate in a time of ideological war, he was probably the singularly and most inconceivably clueless, impuissant and uninpsiring political figure in modern American electoral history. It was only with discipline that I drove myself to the polls that day. His entire campaign demoralized me. But this was no ordinary demoralization. No, Romney’s ways of demoralization were truly special and perverse. He would tease with a certain impulse to fight, show a glimmer of recognition of depth of Obama’s awfulness, then swiftly and silently retreat. It’s like he was determined over and over again to demonstrate his weakness and inability both to win an election and then to govern against the certain ferocity that would have amassed among the Left to destroy him.

What a pitifully unfit figure for his time, for any time. He should be gratful even half of republican voters turned out for him. Everything has consequences, and this is what comes of weakness and witlessness.

Fight or die.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

F16s for everyone!

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Limerick:Yup,…And Mi-A1 Abrams,gawd,what an assine operation!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Okay, so tell me who could have beat the dictator in chief?

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

SOMEONE WITH BALLS YOU CLUELESS F-CK!

GhoulAid on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The a$$holes that stayed home are the ones to blame and some of the folks complaining did just that.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

By all means, keep telling the people that the GOP alienated and who stayed at home that you don’t want their votes, and that you hate them. You’ll definitely win in 2014 and 2016 that way. /

Doomberg on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Fight or die.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Telling me to FO does not fix the problem with the folks of this country and believe me you would rather fight with me than against me so watch your mouth.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Yeah, they fight so hard The Hill is swept clean. Whatever.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Some people take longer to wake up than others. And some never wake up.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

SOMEONE WITH BALLS YOU CLUELESS F-CK!

GhoulAid on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Nice. Tell me who could have beat this sh!tbag genius.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Wait a doggone minute there. I have consistently told I am in the fringe minority ever since Obama came on the scene. What changed?

DanMan on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Well-

1. Obamacare started kicking in, payroll taxes went up, everything costs more, and the job picture still sucks. So people are making less, paying more, and insecure about their jobs. No matter how many Commies make the claim that we are rolling to prosperity these days thanks to the supersmart folks in DC.

2. The election saw the attack on the First Amendment in the name of women. Religious institutions and individuals are being persecuted by this government for their faith. No, this isn’t China but to tell a devout individual or faith-based institution to violate the tenets of their beliefs is going on in every city in this nation.

3. The Newtown shooting was used as an excuse for this government to go out after the private ownership of firearms. The bodies were not even cold before the Obama people were out there talking not about a nation’s shared grief or promising to find out what could have been done differently. NO! Instead, they were already talking about banning stuff and taking away stuff- even if they had to confiscate it. Not particularly good for confidence in government’s protection of our freedoms.

4. We’ve just installed an utterly unfit individual as SecState and are about to hand our nuclear weapons over to a guy who believes the United States should unilaterally disarm as the example for other nations with nuclear weapons.

5. We’ve just had an inagural speech where instead of talking about what is good in America the rat-eared bastard talked about forcing us all to accept his ideas when it comes to legitimizing sodomy within society, acting against global warming, and giving free citizenship to all the illegals who are living within our borders because the left refuses to shut the door.

6. And, of course, we’ve got a government that rules by Executive Order outside of the law. Hardly reassuring that government has our back on freedoms.

Need I go on?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Watch your own, big shot. You’re the one who called people “assh*les” and accused them of “staying home” — without a shred of proof.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

“It’s mostly free.” — The MSM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

“It’s just not free free.” /Whoopi

totherightofthem on February 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

More evidence of the epic fail of Romney. He couldn’t wouldn’t turn any of the trends and passions of the time into a coherent and compelling argument for freedom. That’s why we have this unholy and havoc-wreaking idiocy, malice, abuse, corruption and wanna-be totalitarianism for another four years.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

More precise

AZfederalist on February 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Meh. Lipstick, perfume, maybe a little catchy slogan. The Elephants are right on top of it. Harry and the Crew are shuttered in fear.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

and believe me you would rather fight with me than against me so watch your mouth.

VegasRick on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

*snicker

equanimous on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The American citizens are not going to take the out of control Obama administration much longer. We are not subject to a dictator as much as he thinks he is king. Country is much worse off under Obama. We need to fight back if congress won’t do their job.

Amazingoly on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Yeah yeah yeah. Pickett never should have listened to Lee either. It is today. Look out the window. Woulda-coulda-shoulda is the best excuse for everything.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Well, obviously the GOP hasn’t learned the less of what not to do yet. So we need to keep talking about it. Because, hopefully, I’d like to stop repeating the mistake at some point in my lifetime.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

This is a mean thread, blood everywhere.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Watch your own, big shot. You’re the one who called people “assh*les” and accused them of “staying home” — without a shred of proof.

rrpjr on February 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well, he was right that people stayed home (recall that turnout fell), but can you really blame them given how the GOP behaved in 2011 and what happened during the primary season?

Calling them “assh*les” however isn’t going to get them back to the polls and is counterproductive to say the least.

Doomberg on February 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

By all means, keep telling the people that the GOP alienated and who stayed at home that you don’t want their votes, and that you hate them. You’ll definitely win in 2014 and 2016 that way. /

Doomberg on February 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Sorry but those that stayed home because their guy didn’t get the nomination are about as worthless as the parasites that did go to the polls to vote for Obama. I also think the election was rigged in key states but that’s another issue. In any case, I see no evidence that “alienated” Republicans have anybody but themselves to blame for handing your guy a second term. They are worthy of our hatred, scorn, and condemnation.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Yeah the tree is getting watered, for sure.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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