Poll: For First Time a Majority of Americans Believe Government is Threatening Their Freedom
January 31, 2013  //  By:   //  New York, President Obama  //  5 Comments   //   619 Views

When you start infringing on the right to bear arms, as the state of New York has done, and you do it in the back alley manner that was exhibited in that state, along with the gun-grabbing efforts of President Executive Order, then it certainly raises eyebrows.

It also creates a slippery slope – if the government can threaten the Second Amendment of the Constitution, what’s to stop them from going after the First Amendment next?

Via Politico (h/t Weasel Zippers):

For the first time, a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their rights and freedoms, according to a poll released Thursday.

Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the government is a threat, and 43 percent do not, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Three-in-ten Americans believe government constitutes a major threat. In a poll conducted October 2003, only 45 percent saw government as a threat to their freedoms. Fifty-four percent do not.

Men are more likely than women to believe their rights are under attack, and Republicans (70 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (38 percent) to say so. Three-quarters of conservative Republicans say so, as do 55 percent of independents. And as President Barack Obama begins a legislative push for stricter gun control laws, 62 percent of those with a gun in the home believe their rights are threatened, compared to only 45 percent of non-gun owners.

And even Americans who don’t feel threatened by Washington distrust the government and are frustrated with it. Only 26 percent of Americans believe the government does the right thing most or all of the time, and 73 percent think it does the right thing rarely or not at all.

Distrust is highest among whites — 79 percent of them say government rarely does the right thing, compared to 59 percent of blacks and 54 percent of Hispanics. Distrust is also lowest among those 18-29. Thirty-five percent of them trust the government to do the right thing most or all of the time, 10 points higher than any other age group.

So for the first time, most Americans view their own government as a threat to the very freedoms they’ve been granted by God and the Constitution of the United States.

It hardly sounds like America anymore.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

5 Comments to “Poll: For First Time a Majority of Americans Believe Government is Threatening Their Freedom”
  • Edward L.Mitchell Sr.
    February 1, 2013 - Reply

    people who are willing to give up their freedom for security shall have neither!OBUMMER Thinks gov.should control everything!people are too stupid to run their own lives!King OBUMMER should be able 2 control everything you do!he thinks he is like Quaker Oats nothing is better 4 thee than me!he knows better than you how to run your life!what a Doofus!

  • Michael Mossey
    February 1, 2013 - Reply

    If I could interrupt the State of the
    Union Address

    Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, of congress, my fellow
    American’s we are here tonight because the President of the United States of
    America is here to address the Union.

    Well, Mr. President, you do not need to give that State of the
    Union tonight, because we the American people already know what the state of
    this Union is.

    I know right now some of you are getting really upset,
    because I am somehow doing this, you think that I am disrespecting the
    President and this Congress, and that someone should stop me.

    Well, you see this is my house and Congress and this
    Presidency belong to me, it belongs to My mother, my step father, my sisters
    and brother, my wife and children, my neighbors, the people of Mississippi,
    Connecticut, Indiana, California, Texas and everyone in between.

    You, see this is our house and you the elected members of
    this house, the senate and the presidency answer to me and to each and every
    one of my fellow citizens, no matter their ethnic background, be it Black,
    white, Hispanic, Jamaican, Japanese, Chinese Or Native American, it belongs to
    each and every legal citizen and this includes you the elected.

    Let me give you a small history of myself and then this
    country.

    First, I was raised in New England to a mostly Democrat
    Family, I do have some relatives that are Republican; some may even consider
    themselves moderates or independents. But for the most part Democrat.

    So, how you wonder, is it that I am here as A Conservative
    challenging my President, and my Congress here on the Floor of the House of
    Representatives.

    We’ll let me tell you, it is because of the Lies you will hear
    tonight, from this President and applauded by this House and some of my
    misguided fellow citizens.

    I am here, because I swore an Oath, the same basic oath that
    you Mr. President, Mr. Speaker and everyone in this room, to serve and protect
    this Nation, and The Constitution Of these United States against all enemies
    foreign and domestic when I served in the United States navy.

    We’ll let me tell you the majority of you have failed to
    keep your oath.

    So, Mr. President you want to stand here and spat out your
    lies on the state of this Union?

    You want to give false figures and statistics

    You want convince us that you know better than we do and
    your plan is the right plan.

    Well, you are not our king.

    You are not any better than I am or every other citizen of
    this nation.

    You are a mere common man who we have entrusted with the
    overseeing of our nation’s leadership.

    You are not here to exercise your beliefs of a socialistic
    society.

    We know that, you want to criticize your opponents and
    spread propaganda to boast your view points

    You want to increase your power through this propaganda.

    We’ll let me tell you what the state of this Union is.

    It is divided, confused, and misinformed, it is poorly
    educated.

    The people have been pitted against each other, on social,
    economic, and racial issues, and the trust of thy neighbor does not exist
    anymore.

    This country is spiraling out of control fiscally and let me
    tell you there is not one of you here that has the right ideas on how to stop
    this disaster. Not the Democrats here, Not the Progressives (Aka; Democrat
    Socialist Party), Not the Republicans, Independents or Moderates. Not one of you!

    Or maybe you do and you are intentionally leading us in this
    direction for your own political and financial power and greed.

    So let me go back a few hundred years.

    You, see we came from people, who lost their blood and lives
    to create a more perfect Union.

    These people where our forefathers, for many in this nation
    our ancestors.

    Many people in this nation want to dismiss them today, they
    want to say they were radicals, they were terrorist they were whack jobs.

    Some want to dismiss them, and say that they could not
    foretell the future and what we in today’s society could need from a government
    and that the Documents they wrote are obsolete.

    And, I want to say, yes, they are right, that these people
    were radicals, and terrorists, they were revolutionaries who did know what they
    were doing. They were Hero’s, Visionaries and brilliant.

    You see, they could see what the future could be like,
    because they lived in a world much like today, where the tyrants, called kings,
    queens, lords and such kept the people confused, uneducated, hungry, at odds
    with each other, untrusting of their neighbors. They imprisoned those who
    challenged them and killed others who they felt a real threat.

    They lived in a time where Religions and Governments
    intertwined and destroyed those who had other beliefs.

    They lived in times of strife, injustice and Tyranny.

    They saw what Tyrants and the Aristocracy did to the common
    man.

    They lived in a time where a tyrant King ruled over their
    colonies, and stole from their labors to stuff his coffers and treat his loyalist,
    the lords and Military leaders, very well.

    Our Founders were brave men and woman, Native American,
    White settlers of Irish, English, Italian, and Spanish descents, they were also
    Blacks from Africa.

    Our Ancestors grew tired of this tyrannical life and wanted
    to separate from the Kings rule.

    So they did become as some of you have called them radical,
    terroristic, Revolutionaries with a vision and a dream that their children and
    grandchildren and theirs leading all the way to us could live free from tyranny
    and injustice.

    They wanted us to live without fear, that they could
    practice their religious beliefs without persecution.

    They wanted to be free from working as slaves for the needs
    of a King.

    They wanted to be able to speak freely amongst themselves or
    in a public forum without fear of reprisal.

    They wanted the right to redress wrongs of their leaders and
    to be able to correct these wrongs.

    They wanted the right to property.

    They wanted to be able to raise/grow their own food and own
    their own business without owing the King first; they wanted to prosper from
    their own labors.

    They wanted their natural rights as granted by their
    creator.

    And they wanted this for all of us too.

    So, they won our freedom from tyranny and the King of
    England, and we became a great Nation with great citizens and a great although
    not perfect Constitution.

    This Constitution that many of you want to ignore came not
    easily, because even back then their where differences of opinions, with some
    wanting to be more like the Monarchy of England and some wanting other types of
    governmental theories, but although they had differences in opinion they did
    manage to give us a great document.

    The document they wrote was a Constitution not for the
    Government to use over its people but for the people to hold in Check its
    government.

    They saw fit, that a government for the people by the people
    would be small and very limited in its authority.

    Today our government is one of the largest governments in
    world history and you Mr. President want to make it larger.

    The
    sad thing is we have allowed this Country to go astray from the founding
    principles and appointed criminals and thugs to preside over us for too long.

    A President is not to proclaim to be a King, nor should his
    actions be presumptuous of this action. The role of a president is to ensure
    that the country is safe from those who would see it destroyed. His most
    important job is to ensure that the Constitution is upheld in the highest
    regards, and that the Federal Government is run in the upmost efficiency. His
    role is not to write laws nor is he to influence laws by selecting staff and or
    Justices for this purpose. He should not allow himself to be obligated to
    special interest groups or Lobbyist. His Job is to sign bills or veto these
    bills and send them back to the Congress.

    Mr.
    President, You would call this the mob and would be trying to put down this
    organization and jail their members if this were not the Government.

    You
    want to give statistics, here is one that should be listed in every newspaper,
    and broadcasted from every news media service, a statistic, which would show the
    criminal convictions and/or all the current criminal charges being prosecuted
    on many of the elected people in this room.

    The criminal activity in your Government Mr.
    President Is deplorable, just look at your staff alone.

    We
    keep trading more and more of our freedom, for false securities by a power
    hungry government which since the early 1900’s have slowly transformed our
    Republic into a Socialist/Marxist type government.

    Even as our European friends have failed in
    their versions of socialistic societies we seem to keep allowing our
    governments push in this direction and this administration, led by you Mr.
    President a devout Marxist pushing us in this direction much more quickly.

    If you, my fellow citizens out there, really think the
    majority of these people here in this room are really concerned about you, then
    I guess, I am talking to the wall and our country will fail and we will all
    become slaves to tyrannical leaders.

    We will become a regulated and controlled society like
    Korea, China and other Dictatorial Run nations.

    But our leaders know that:

    “Hey,” the American people
    seem to want to live as government slaves.

    They know, we would allow ourselves to become Pawns of the
    government and to the aristocrats who would rule man, leaving common men as
    slaves rather than allowing for the freedom of man.

    They know that Today’s Americans would rather give up
    freedom for a false hope of security.

    Fore once the
    government takes complete control; the only ones it will hurt are the people
    themselves.

    So, my fellow citizens;

    What happens when the rich no longer exist outside of
    government?

    What happens when
    inventions, by inventors and intelligent thoughts go away?

    What happens when
    Television, Cell phones, microwaves, and automobiles become a commodity that
    only the chosen few can have?

    What happens when we all live as Poppers and beggars on the
    street?

    What happens when we all look for morsels of scraps from our
    new kings, queens and Lords?

    What happens when all of our communities look like Detroit?

    What happens when we
    have very few Doctors, to heal the sick?

    So America it is your choice allow our politicians to
    continue to bastardize the Constitution
    and the bill of rights and allow for the option of more Obama and more
    restrictions, more freedom lost, more job loss and just more imprisonment to
    the Government.

    John Adams said:

    “There are two ways to conquer & enslave a country. One
    is by the sword. And the other is by debt.”

    So now you are saying to yourselves,

    Ok? What does this nut job speaking about the loss of our
    freedoms, what’s he going to say next?

    Who cares about this, I have never had the freedoms granted
    in the Constitution, I was born in _____ .

    I have only known a country where Government is responsible
    for everyone and all that ails us.

    My family was helped and my neighbors helped by this form of
    government…

    I am tired of the Rich getting rich…

    I do not care about government as long as they help me….

    I want to get what I want and I feel that the government
    should provide this. ..

    So my fellow citizens this is what I have to say….

    Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, and all of you our elected
    official;

    You need to think about what you are leaving for our
    Children and their Children.

    You need to stop,
    stop, lying to the people.

    You need to stop stealing from us.

    You need to tell the people the truth about the rich.

    You need to stop your
    collaboration with any of the nation’s top executives.

    You need to stop looking at other nations for your guidance.

    You need to eliminate all associations with special interest
    groups.

    You need to eliminate Lobbyists.

    You need to stop these rapidly growing restrictions,
    regulations, laws, and bans.

    You need to stop ignoring the Constitution.

    So my fellow Citizens, now what do we do?

    I am not an elected official or Lawyer, but that’s good
    because I am not blinded by stupidity. But this is what I would suggest.

    Convene, a new Constitution Convention: in which it restores
    the Constitution and the Original Bill of rights. And then reviews all Amendments to the
    constitution after the original 10. Develop new Amendments to protect the
    rights of all Citizens and strengthen the 10th amendment. This
    group should be made up of Constitutional experts, from all parties, to include
    Libertarians, Conservatives and also a few members of our society that are not
    associated with Government.

    I am not an economist, but that is good because many of
    these people today are misgiven, and taught with bad science as taught by their
    socialist teachings. They believe we can borrow tax and print our way out of
    economic trouble.

    But the first thing that needs to be done is for a group of
    educated Conservatives, moderates, Libertarians and Democrats convene, in an Economic
    brain storming session:

    They need to one decide how to save our economy.

    1.
    Eliminate the 16th amendment

    2.
    Strongly consider the Fair Tax act.

    3.
    Wean us off the So called entitlements, programs
    to include:

    a.
    Welfare

    b.
    Medical aid

    c.
    Food stamps

    d.
    Special housing

    4.
    Withdraw all troops from all forward deployment
    sites unless:

    a.
    Our Allies would be required to pay for the cost
    of our presence.

    5.
    Secure the Border:

    a.
    Using the troops we bring back from over seas

    6.
    We need to stop being the world’s police force
    and forcing our principles on countries that do not ask for our help in setting
    up governments like ours.

    7.
    We need to try and stay out of some not all, civil
    wars in the world.

    8.
    Maybe it is time we allow other nations take the
    first step in stopping injustices in the world.

    9.
    Eliminate the Current CIA, FBI and all other
    federal police forces and establish a new agency that is concerned with acts
    against our nation from abroad and with very limited spying from within.

    As for the 2nd Amendment, we need to protect this
    and all the rights granted in accordance with the individual states Constitution.

    As a society we should police this right within our
    community and ensure that mentally unstable people cannot have access to fire
    arms.

    If we give up this right then we give up our right to ensure
    we can protect our Nation and our freedoms from a tyrannical run-a-way
    government, or enemies from the outside.

    My fellow Citizens there are many more things that need to
    be considered, but these need to be discussed slowly and through our
    representatives.

    Our Children and their children now depend upon us to save
    our nation, for they will not even know what it means to be free people.

    We must stop borrowing from our children so that we can have
    our own sense of security, and success.

    We must suffer now as our founders suffered to provide the
    freedom from economic strife, Government tyranny and social injustices.

    Our Founders warned us and provided us the means to prevent
    the situation we have allowed ourselves to get into.

    They wrote a strong document to restrict government.

    They gave us the Bill of rights.

    As Jefferson said;

    “Eternal vigilance is
    the price of liberty” – reflected not just a populist suspicion that those who
    put on airs and graces are untrustworthy, but the abiding conviction that power
    corrupts and must therefore be severely curtailed.

    And Abraham Lincoln

    Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the
    Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people
    of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts –
    not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the
    Constitution.”

    Samuel Adams

    “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are
    worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all
    attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors:
    they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and
    blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an
    everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if
    we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or
    be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

    And Finally

    “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout
    all history,

    whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small
    elite.”

    — Thomas Jefferson

    So, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, my fellow citizens it is up
    to us now, to set us on a better path or forever be known in history as a
    country that had a dream.

    That all men are
    created equally free by their creator and to be allowed independent thought.

    That the citizen would rule over their government, instead
    of the government ruling over their citizens and that they would have the
    rights to religion, arms, and the ability to speak freely, and to succeed and
    prosper from their work.

    And all citizens would have the rights to own, and protect
    his property.

    But this dream was only temporary because the citizens
    became lazy, greedy, envious and corrupt, and allowed the government to take
    their powers away for a false sense of security.

    My friends, neighbors and fellow citizens;

    The Big Government tax and spend policies will not save us
    or our nation. It will only in the end be our demise.

    We need to stop the jealousy, envy and hate in this Country.

    We need to stop making our celebrities our hero’s and
    Violence in our movies from being the top sellers.

    We need to put morality, joyfulness and love back into what
    we watch, and listen too.

    We need to look at our athlete’s as champions of their
    sports, but not the champions of society.

    We need to stop immortalizing our celebrities’ successes and
    their flaws.

    So Mr. President, ladies and Gentlemen of the Congress this
    is the state of the Union.

    So, I now entrust you and this Congress with our future.

    • CardiLover
      February 1, 2013 - Reply

      Yes.

    • ali3nation
      February 1, 2013 - Reply

      Quite a sweeping condemnation, Mike, but a bit Mickey Mouse, I dare say. Too much fluff and not enough oomph. A windbag with something meaningful to say is still a windbag. True, dat, all you have said has merit, but you are still talking to people who couldn’t care less what you think. You need to get a movement behind you and really get off your chair and out from behind your keyboard and make a difference. Writing the State of the Union speech is not gonna do it. But I do agree with your point of view.

    • Martha Lee Vincent
      February 2, 2013 - Reply

      You are correct, Mike, but this president and the democratic congress are not going to change. They see control of the entire country almost in their hands and thats what thet want. Look up the Cloward-Piven stragedy. This sounds like the plan obama is using to overwhelm our country so that he can take over totally. Thats the reason for the 11 million new immigrants that he wants to give amnesty to, and welfare and medical care, etc. We cannot pay for all the welfare now. Check it out on Google everyone, it came from Columbia University during the time obama would have been there.

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