CNN has just released a poll stating that a “Majority think Government poses a threat to citizens’ rights”.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.
My first reaction to this poll is to be optimistic, to cheer and yell “it’s about time folks started seeing what the Government is doing!” With the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, Banks and Wall Street becoming one Big Government program and of course this coming health care nightmare. You would think people would be sharpening their pitchforks and making sure they had enough matches to light their torches. And from reading this poll it looks as if people are starting to do just that.
Then a few minutes later after reading this poll I become cynical. I start to think to myself “If a Republican was in charge of the Government, would these same people be saying the same thing?” More than likely not. These same folks cheered on George W. Bush when he was wrecking the Constitution but are angry President Obama is doing the same thing. It’s like these folks have ADD.
In the mean time, I will be optimistic about these developments. There is no reason to doubt this poll. But I want to see CNN poll these same folks when, say if Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin or Tim Pawlenty becomes President.