Posted by: Deborah D | September 27, 2011

Our last big government president?

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Our last big government president?

Well, we can certainly hope that is true. This is the conclusion Nile Gardiner makes after the results of the sweeping Gallup Poll are in concerning Americans and their thoughts and attitudes about government and its role. This is from the UK Telegraph.

The first overview, released on Monday, is a real-eye opener. According to Gallup, Americans are expressing historic levels of negativity towards the US government, with “a record high 81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed,” including 65 per cent of Democrats, and 92 per cent of Republicans. Gallup concludes by stating that “Americans’ various ratings of political leadership in Washington add up to a profoundly negative review of government,” ratings which are likely to get worse during the lead up to next year’s presidential elections.

Congress’s job performance takes a real hammering at 82 per cent disapproval, with 69 per cent of Americans declaring they have “little or no confidence” in the legislative branch of government…an all-time high, and up from 63 per cent a year ago. Gallup’s polling also finds that more than half of Americans “have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.”…

While not as low as the ratings for Congress, public satisfaction with the federal government has also plummeted. According to Gallup:

• 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010.
• Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.

Most strikingly of all, Gallup finds that:

• 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.

Gardiner goes on to say that since Obama’s presidency is synonymous with “big government” that this all does not bode well for the current president and his run for re-election. He says the country is in the midst of a revolution against big government. Well, from his computer to God’s ears.

This is why Barack Obama could well end up being the last big government president of the United States, a nation that simply cannot afford the lavish excesses of an imperious presidency that drains the pay-checks of hard-working Americans with impunity and reckless abandon. The historic loss of faith in the federal government under Obama has combined with growing support across America for a return to the limited government ideals of the Founding Fathers. Nothing is ever certain in politics, but it is hard to see how a future president can shamelessly adopt the same borrow, bailout and spend approach zealously adopted by the current administration, without extremely damaging consequences for the United States.

Read it all here:

Then there’s Jonah Goldberg stating that Obama’s miscalculation as president has been to show who he really is, and therefore, rip the mask off of the Democratic Party. Americans have finally realized that the Democratic Party and Obama in particular are arrogant leftists who really don’t care what the American people think. This is from the LA Times.

In March 2010, liberal columnist Peter Beinart argued that, for decades, Democratic politicians treated America’s innate conservatism like a slumbering bear: If you make no sudden moves and talk quietly, you can get a lot done. But if you wake the bear, as Democrats did in the late 1960s and early ’70s, the ursine silent majority will punish you.

But Obama promised to change that. He was tired of the timid, almost apologetic talk. He was going to be an FDR, or at least a Reagan for liberalism. He was going to “fundamentally transform” the country. And to those who counseled that Democrats can’t govern that way, Obama and his followers responded with shouts of “Yes, we can!”

Goldberg goes on to say that the “stimulus” began to arouse the sleeping majority, but it was Obamacare that poked them in the nose.

Despite his deployment of every rhetorical weapon in the progressive arsenal, Obama could never make the thing popular. At town hall meetings, the bear growled and snorted, in a posture that the experienced psephological woodsman understands means “leave the bear alone.” The Democratic response was to mock the grizzly. Nancy Pelosi even called the town hall protesters “un-American.”

The more Obama and the Democrats show their true selves, the more Americans despise what they have done and fear what they will do next. As Obama pushes class warfare and community organizing techniques such as those on display in front of the Congressional Black Caucus recently, it just turns off Americans more and more.

So here’s Obama in a very rough spot. He needs more than just his base to win, but he can’t win without his base. But he can’t secure it without slapping the bear even more. And… he’s really got no one to blame but himself.

Let’s hope that the Republicans use some of Obama’s angriest and most unpresidential clips in their campaign commercials. Obama can be mean, scary and downright evil-looking when he’s in his fighting mode. We must use it against him. Americans don’t want a scary president. They don’t want a president who always seems to be pitting one side against the other. They want a calm, mature and an America-loving president, a president of the whole country, not just the union part or the blue state part. Read it all here: news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg-bear-20110927,0,4273751,print.column


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  1. This is more than scary. It is probably the truth. We have politicians that believe that they are superior to their constituents, History has proved that many times they are wrong.

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