American Dissonance: Half of Americans Say Government is a Threat to Freedom but half of Americans still Voting Democrat

I have always been a bit confused by some of my fellow citizens.

I’ve had many conversations with people of varying political stripes, shades and philosophies, and one of the common themes among most was a distrust of certain aspects of the government. In fact, when President George W. Bush was still leading our nation, many of the liberals I spoke with were terrified of the coming fascist state. (Not so much anymore, though there is arguably more reason to fear that now as there was back during the Bush years.) Yet, these same liberals have always argued that the answer to society’s many ills was MORE government.

It’s never made much sense to me.

The latest Gallup poll similarly has me scratching my head. The results seem to indicate that at least half of Americans should be voting for less government, fewer taxes and more freedom…

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Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years…

The remarkable finding about these attitudes is how much they reflect apparent antipathy toward the party controlling the White House, rather than being a purely fundamental or fixed philosophical attitude about government…

Government FreedomOverall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. They also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates freedoms and civil liberties, and that there is too much government in people’s private lives…

… the persistent finding in recent years that half of the population views the government as an immediate threat underscores the degree to which the role and power of government remains a key issue of our time.

As a case in point, a question in this same survey asked Americans to name the most important problem facing the nation, and found that issues related to government were the most frequently mentioned. Plus, numerous other measures show that the people give their government some of the lowest approval and trust ratings in the measures’ history.

49% of Americans believe that the government poses an immediate threat to our rights and freedoms! Yet somehow, all over our nation, voters are electing candidates that continue to steadily increase the size, power and scope of our federal and state governments. Talk about cognitive dissonance. The old Albert Einstein quote is that the definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.’ If Einstein is to be believed, then the American voters must be insane.

If you truly believe that the federal government is a threat to our rights and freedoms (as I do), then stop voting for the same old candidates who have created this problem to begin with!

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