Half in U.S. Continue to Say Gov't Is an
|49% say government poses immediate threat to
|Republicans much more likely to see
government as threat|
|Americans give very diverse explanations for
PRINCETON, N.J. -- 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. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than
a third of Americans held this attitude.
The latest results are from Gallup's Sept. 9-13
Governance poll. The lower percentage of Americans agreeing
in 2003 that the federal government posed an immediate
threat likely reflected the more positive attitudes about
government evident after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The
percentage gradually increased to 44% by 2006, and then
reached the 46% to 49% range in four surveys conducted since
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.
Across the four surveys conducted during the Republican
administration of George W. Bush, Democrats and
Democratic-leaning independents were consistently more
likely than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents
to say the federal government posed an immediate threat.
By contrast, across the four most recent surveys
conducted during the Democratic Obama administration, the
partisan gap flipped, with Republicans significantly more
likely to agree.
Republican agreement with the "immediate threat"
statement has been higher during the Obama administration
than was Democratic agreement during the Bush
administration, thus accounting for the overall rise in
agreement across all national adults.
What's Behind the Belief That the Government Is
an Immediate Threat?
The current survey contains an open-ended question asking
those who agree that the government is an immediate threat
to explain why they feel this way. This open-ended question
was asked once previously, in 2010, but not in any of the
surveys conducted during the Bush administration.
Overall, 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 most frequently mentioned specific threats involve
gun control laws and violations of the Second Amendment to
the Constitution, mentioned by 12% who perceive the
government to be an immediate threat.
Other general complaints enunciated by smaller numbers of
those who think the government poses an immediate threat
include perceptions that the government is "socialist," that
the government spends too much, that it picks winners and
losers such as the wealthy or racial and ethnic minorities,
that it is too involved in things it shouldn't be and that
it violates the separation of powers.
More specific complaints -- again voiced by small numbers
of those who agree with the threat statement -- focus on
freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the overuse of
police and law enforcement, government surveillance of
private citizens including emails and phone records,
government involvement in gay marriage issues,
overregulation of business, overtaxing, the healthcare law
The majority of those who today believe government is an
immediate threat, and who answer the open-ended question,
are either Republicans or independents who lean Republican.
Thus, these open-ended responses tend to reflect the views
of Republican-oriented citizens. A look at the smaller
number of Democrats who feel the government poses an
immediate threat shows that their responses are generally
similar to Republicans, with some exceptions. Democrats are
somewhat less likely to mention gun control, and also less
likely to mention very specific issues such as marriage,
taxes, immigration, spending or the healthcare law.
The fact that almost half of Americans see the federal
government as an immediate threat to their lives and
freedoms may appear alarming at first, perhaps conjuring an
image of Americans worrying that the government will be
breaking down their doors and engaging in random arrests of
But two findings mitigate against this type of more
dramatic interpretation. First, the fact that Democrats and
Republicans have flipped in their probability of holding
these views when the administration changed in 2009 shows
that these attitudes reflect more of a response to the
president and disagreement with his policies than a
fundamental feeling about the federal government in general.
Second, the explanations offered by those who hold this
view reveal more traditional or political types of
complaints about things the government is doing, rather than
more radical beliefs about the government using power or
force against its citizens.
Gallup does not have survey data extending back to the
late 1780s when the Constitution was ratified and the
federal government began to exercise control over the lives
of its citizens. Clearly, there has been tension between the
government and the people at many times in history since
that point, and it may be that such tensions are a natural
part of the system by which the people willingly give up
power to government institutions that in turn intrude on
their daily lives.
Still, 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
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.
From the people's perspective, then, a focus on the
appropriate role for government should be at the forefront
of the nation's continuing political discourse and should be
a key point of debate in the current presidential election
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone
interviews conducted Sept. 9-13, 2015, with a random sample
of 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S.
states and the District of Columbia. For results based on
the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling
error is �4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
All reported margins of sampling error include computed
design effects for weighting.
Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota
of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents,
with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region.
Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using
The Four-F Club
Implemented by the
American woman through the Nineteenth Amendment in 1921, became the majority voter in the
1960s, and now constitutes twelve percent more of the voters than men
When such an important document as the US
Constitution, forged by the blood of our Forefathers to remove us from despotism, cast on
parchment as an uncompromising reminder of our responsibilities, is thrown into the faces
of those who took the oath to uphold that Constitution against "foreign and
domestic enemies", who put their lives on the line to fight in foreign countries
to defend that Constitution against ALL enemies, are told that men, who accomplished what
not a single woman in the land has ever --or could ever-- accomplish, who were 99.993% of
the battle casualties in all our wars, are no better than
those women, then of what redeeming social value is this federal corporation?
1) "The War on Poverty"
Followed by an increase
in the "poverty level" from 11.1% to 15.1%, a massive breakdown of families, a quintupling in the illegitimacy rate, the expenditure
of more money to "fight poverty" than the stock value of every Fortune 500
Corporation and each acre of U.S. farm land, combined.
2) "The War on Drugs"
Followed by a 48%
increase in drug usage, the treatment of a health problem as a criminal problem, the incarceration of as many as 700,000 drug users, the unwarranted
expenditure of $240 Billion per year to "fight drug abuse".
3) "The War on Crime"
and the Omnibus Crime Act
Signed by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s was followed by a
quadrupling in the incarceration rate, concurrent with a tripling of the murder rate, a
decrease in the percent of murders resolved from 92% to 63%, and the unwarranted
expenditure of $350 Billion per year to "fight crime".
4) "The War Against Drinking Drivers"
by an increase in Motor Vehicle Fatalities from 45,853 in 1975 to
46,900 in 1989, the treatment of a health problem as a criminal problem, 1,624,000
unnecessary and unconstitutional arrests per year, incarceration of 58,700 drinking
drivers, many of whom had never even had a ticket nor an accident in the past, the
unwarranted expenditure of $18 Billion per year to "fight drunk drivers".
5) "The War Against Illiteracy" and the creation
of the US Department of Education
Followed by a 98 point plunge in SAT
scores, placement of the US in 27th place out of 31 nations in the IAEP test and dead
last in more TIMSS subjects than any other country, the
unwarranted federal expenditure of $72 Billion per year "fight illiteracy". The
Catholic Church produces morally and academically superior students
at a third the cost per student within the borders of the US, and will be given this
6) "The War Against Child Abuse", The Mondale
Act and CAPTA
Followed by an increase in child abuse, a 28
fold increase in "unsubstantiated" allegations of child sexual abuse, the
destruction of tens of millions of families, the false imprisonment of hundreds of
thousands of innocent parents, the unwarranted expenditure of $285 Billion per year to
"fight child abuse".
7) "The War in
Killed 2 million Vietnamese & 47,629 American men, delivered
Vietnam to Communism forever, the unwarranted expenditure of $200 Billion. Men and
families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
8) Medicare and Medicaid
Became law in 1965, followed by
a reduction in the percent of US workers with fully paid health insurance from 91% to 35%,
a 30% increase in cancer deaths from 160.8 deaths per 100,000
population to 206, the unwarranted increase in health care expenditures from $14.2 Billion
to $355.4 Billion per year, costs twice as much as a percent
of GDP than Japan or Australia whose men live 4 years longer. If not for privately funded
cardiovascular research which greatly reduced heart disease deaths, the US mortality rate
would have increased 6%.
"Legalized" in 1973 (but
still viewed as murder to 57-87% of Americans) to "reduce unwanted
pregnancies", followed by an eight fold increase in the illegitimacy rate,
a 50% reduction of legitimate births, a doubling of the divorce rate, one out of five childbirths in intact families
conceived in adultery, and a quadrupling of the rate of
fatherlessness from 9% to 37%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way
from this federal law, PLUS it's directly linked to our having a cancer
mortality rate ten times higher than countries who never legalized abortion,
10) Social Security
A "retirement" fund,
predicted by every credible politician to be in bankruptcy before most of those who
contributed to it will receive any benefits, which disburses already one third of all
funds to those who did not retire and who did not contribute to it in the first place,
would not survive the most basic cost/benefit analysis. Men and families and children
received far fewer benefits from this federal law than its cost, so it will be terminated.
11) The birth control pill
"Legalized" (but still
consider amoral by most Americans and most world religions) to reduce the
demand for abortions, followed by an increase in the number of abortions per year to 1.6
million, a reduction in the marriage and birth rates, and the reduction of the role of men
to sperm donors and play toys. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way
from this federal law, and an exponential rate of growth
of autism in our children.
12) Affirmative Action
unconstitutionally discriminatory against men (and in
particular WHITE men), failed to raise the
status of women and minorities, reduced their incomes 66%, forced key US industry
off-shore, increased racial and sex-discrimination conflicts, led to the unwarranted
expenditure of$800 Billion per year in legal fees and damages to "fight
inequality", and caused Standard and Poor's to downgrade the US government
to junk bond status for the first time in two centuries.
13) "The Pension Benefit Guaranty Association"
Created in 1974 by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, failed to "give more
benefits and rights and success in the area of labor management", plunged the percent
of the workforce with a pension plan from 39.4% to 24%.
14) School Prayer
in 1963, displaced by destructive, anti-family, and anti-male feminist ideology. Men and
families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law, so school prayer
will be reinstated and constitutionally protected and public education will be banned.
Failed to benefit blacks, led to an increase in the rate of incarceration of blacks under
30 years of age from 31% to 71%, an increase in their rate of fatherlessness from 29% to
70%, a 65% decrease in their median incomes, put twice as many black men in prison as were slaves during the height of slavery. Men and
families and children (particularly blacks) did not benefit in any way from this federal
law, so it will be terminated.
16) "Investment Retirement Accounts" (IRAs)
Failed to encourage personal savings, combined with
pervasive banking laws, destroyed banking privacy, discouraged savings, dropped the
savings rate below 2% for the first time in recent history, chased most savings accounts
off-shore, reduced total "Personal Savings" to less than a few months interest
on the public debt.
17) The Gold Standard
dropped in the US in
1973, followed by an 11 fold plunge in the purchasing power of
the dollar. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal
law, so it will be reinstated.
18) "The Balanced Budget & Emergency Deficit Control
Act" and the "Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990"
reduce deficit spending, followed by even higher deficits and an uncontrollable $5.8
Trillion public debt by 1995 and an utterly out of
control debt of $18 trillion by 2011.
19) "The National Fifty Five Mile Per Hour Speed Limit"
Followed by a reduction in the rate at which fatalities
had been decreasing, left us with a motor vehicle fatality rate (MVFR) 50% higher than
Germany with NO speed limits on their autobahns, did not save oil, required the
unwarranted expenditure and/or loss to GDP of $650 Billion, reduced the effectiveness of
our multi-trillion dollar transportation and interstate highway system by 18%. When the
law ended and the speed limit was restored to 65MPH, authorities were
"surprised" by an immediate 10% decrease in the MVFR. Men and families and
children did not benefit in any way from this federal law which fortunately has been
20) "The Food and Drug Administration"
to protect our health, followed by an increase in the average American's body weight by 25 pounds
(and 35 pounds by 2010), a reduction in the male sperm count by 48%, a 42%
increase in the cancer mortality rate, extremely costly and long delayed drugs,
unwarranted restrictions on drug use, an unwarranted annual expenditure of $Billions. Men
and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal bureaucracy, so it
will be terminated.
21) Capital Punishment
Legalized to deter crime, followed
by an explosion of crime, an almost tripled murder rate, a ten
fold increase in the number of jail and prison inmates, American men becoming one third of
the men in the world behind bars, the execution to date of 39 victims now known to be
innocent, half the men in prison don't even match the DNA from the
22) The "Equal Protection" clause of the 14th Amendment
Misinterpreted so egregiously that it
invalidates the very constitution it was written to strengthen; misused to loot competent
and effective organizations, corporations, industries, and educational institutions; fails
to benefit the parasitical minority which seeks its "protection"; destroys the
rights and status of the majority. Men and families and children did not benefit in any
way from this federal misinterpretation of the constitution, so the original spirit and
intent of the constitution will be reinstated.
23) "Equal Pay Act"
incentives for excellent or overtime work, reduced the quality of work by all employees,
reduced but did not equalize pay.
24) Legalized State Sponsored Adultery
the seventh of the Ten Commandments (right
next to "Thou shalt not commit murder"), deemed acceptable by courts, proclaimed
by feminists to be practiced by 70% of wives within 5 years of marriage, results in the
birth of 20% of children of marriages who are not the biological
offspring of the husband, causes more damage and strife to society than murder which
is prosecuted. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this failure
by the federal government to adhere to basic moral, legal, constitutional, and social
25) The US Postal Service
The most minor federal failure,
just recently capable of beating Pony Express's delivery time a century ago, cannot
compete with Federal Express and numerous other private carriers of today who
earn BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITS as they announced a $14 billion LOSS, millions of
Americans have stood in long lines across the country long enough, will be displaced by a
competitive bidding process amongst the private companies.
26) The Graduated Federal Income Tax
Requires men to pay
from 108% to 117% of all federal taxes, allows women to receive
up to $97 Billion in tax credits directly from the IRS, permits women to control $1.8
trillion earned by men with their 11% greater voting population than men. This blatant
sex-bias will be terminated.
27) Family Law Act
Based on the Russian implementation as well as federal models passed by
state legislatures across the nation in the late 1960s, at a time when family breakdown
and morality had already reached a crisis level, at a time when these legislatures could
have and should have enacted responsible legislation aimed at strengthening the family and
weakening the capability of courts to destroy families, instead contributed significantly
to the undermining of paternal authority, the doubling of the divorce rate, the
acceleration of adultery, the quintupling of the illegitimacy rate, the tripling of the
murder rate, the quadrupling of the incarceration rate http://fathersmanifesto.net/42usc1983.htm
These family law acts will be instantly repealed, authority will
be returned to fathers, commensurate with the responsibilities which always remained with
them. Compensation will be paid for damages to their families and children.
28) Current federal "family policy"
anti-family, anti-father, unconstitutional, draconian, economically
destructive, costly-- exceeding the wildest dreams of the most despotic Russian dictator,
(not a single Russian would put up with this for 2 seconds) renders the US Constitution
null and void, and will be terminated.
29) Coeducational Schools
the reason US education quality ranks just slightly ahead of Mozambique and Jordan, more
costly than every other education style, the entire reason for the existence and
acceptance of feminism, drug use, matriarchy, single mother households, teen pregnancy,
illegitimacy, divorce, live-ins, and Oprah, now mandated by a Supreme Court which has made
the supreme mistake of failing to revere the vital role of men in society. Destroying the
traditions of fine institutions like West Point and Annapolis is unacceptable.
Destroying the last two all-male institutions in the US, VMI
and the Citadel, is unconscionable, unconstitutional, counterproductive, without redeeming
social value, obscene, immoral, anti-Christian, inhumane, unbiblical, anti-Jewish,
anti-Muslim, anti-Indian, anti-motherhood, anti-fatherhood, anti-children, and . . . unacceptable.
The rationale by which the US Supreme Court twisted the clear and pristine language of the
US Constitution to fit a narrow, convoluted, selfish, and destructive agenda is deplorable
to all thinking and concerned American citizens.
30) Nixon's War on Cancer
Implemented in 1970, followed by a 26% increase in the cancer mortality rate, from 165 to 208 deaths per
31) The Federal Reserve System
Implemented in December
23, 1913, against the sage advice of our Christian Founding Forefathers, and in contrast
to the teachings of the Holy Bible regarding jews, was followed by the most phenomenal
debts ever known to mankind and a negative personal
savings rate. It's not federal, there are no reserves, and the only thing
systematic about it is the destruction of the dollar in a way that's the exact
opposite of its putative charter.
32-40) Become a 4-F
your input to reach the poetic Fortieth
Phenomenal Federal Flop!
32) Department of Energy--added 3/12/12 at 1:12 pm
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle
of a desert. Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."
So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"
So they created a planning department and hired two people , one person
to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress
"How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"
So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people.
One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports. Then Congress
said, "How are these people going to get paid?" So they created two positions:
a time keeper and a payroll officer then hired two people. Then Congress
said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?" So they created an
administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer,
Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation
for one year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back."
So they laid-off the night watchman.
Now slowly let it sink in:
Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.....
Does anybody remember the reason given for the
of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter
No? Didn't think so!
Bottom line is, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of
the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember!
Ready?? It was very simple... and at the time, everybody thought it very
The Department of Energy was
instituted on 8/04/1977,
TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
Hey, pretty efficient, huh? AND NOW IT'S 2012 -- 35 YEARS
AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS "NECESSARY" DEPARTMENT IS AT
$24.2 BILLION A YEAR. IT HAS 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES;
AND LOOK AT THE JOB IT HAS DONE!
(THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY,
"WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?")
34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption
was foreign imports.
Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign
Ah, yes -- good old Federal
NOW, WE HAVE TURNED OVER TO
THE SAME GOVERNMENT!!
THE BANKING SYSTEM,
THE HEALTH CARE,
THE AUTO INDUSTRY
Hello! Anybody home?
The Night Watchman
32 and 33) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--added 3/12/12 at 2:28 pm
Founded to stabilize the housing market, caused the complete
and total destruction of the housing market, caused prices to plunge at least
two thirds, and perhaps four fold, and finally went bankrupt and cost us
taxpayers almost $100 BILLION.
Is 911 the
final federal flop? Can our politicians really think of anything else to terrorize
citizens with? Is this recent "debate" on "immigration" the
final destruction of the White Race?
Not one single one of these
federal "solutions" made even the slightest improvement in the
"problem" they were originally intended to resolve. The expenditure of
billions to trillions of dollars was followed by a three fold or ten fold increase in the
magnitude of the putative problem.
February 26, 2010
Posted: February 26th, 2010 09:00 AM ET
CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Fifty-six percent of Americans say the government poses an
immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms.
Washington (CNN) ?
A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to
rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think
the federal government's 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.
The survey indicates a partisan divide on the
question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and
nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to
the rights of Americans.
According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday,
Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken -
though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was
conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by
telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage
points for the overall survey.
CNN Polls ?