Friday, February 26, 2010

Poll: government a threat to citizens' rights - Captain Obvious Alert

We called this a "MOO" (Master of the Obvious). Duh! Who else is a bigger threat to our rights? Why do you think we have all those "The government shall not" clauses? If you don't understand that government is the biggest threat to citizens and the nation we need to send you back to junior high civics class. Oh, I forgot, they don't teach civics anymore. Maybe that is why 100% of the respondents didn't agree that "the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms. "

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms.

Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights
Posted: February 26th, 2010 09:00 AM ET

From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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 be fixed.

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.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN Polls


Rob said...

I, too, believe a fix is possible. It will start with a 'flushing' of all of the Congress. 100%. The president poseur, too.

New congress. Federal term limits, 12 years total, either house or both.

Insistence on the part of the public that Washington find a way to live within its means.

Remove ANY and ALL lobbyist money or favors to a federal candidate, congressional or presidential. Twenty-five year prison term for giver and receiver, and a $250,000 fine. Period.

Constitutional oath violations to be considered criminal.

There. That would be my idea of a reasonable starting point.

letsroil said...

re: Rob's comment - Yea, verily! My two cents. All parties in bicameral system dissolved [done away with]. Elections held electronically. Washington DC abandoned. Representatives required to hold "town hall" meetings with constituents monthly. Participants polled, and poll published with results transparent to electorate.