Forget Left, Right, and Center. Americans want to govern themselves!

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    Scott Rasmussen's new book, In Search of Self Governance, provides a perspective I haven't seen expressed at least on this site this year. After analyzing all the polling he has done for years, Rasmussen has concluded that most Americans simply want government to do what it has to do and then otherwise leave them alone.

    Excerpt from a short book review:

    And excerpted from S.R.'s intro to the book:

     
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    Hee hee. I like that.

    But after all the sound and fury of whether Bush campaigned to the right and then veered left or Obama campaigned to the right and then veered far left or whether he is right of where his base expects him to be or whether the GOP should move to the center or the Democrats to the right or whatever, the fact is most of us really don't give a dang where they are. We want them to do what the Constitution says they are supposed to do, secure our rights, and then get the hell out of our way.

    If they do that, whatever the individual ideologies are won't matter.
     
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    Another excerpt from the book:

    The above was found on another one of the many "Tea Party" inspired sites: Americans for Limited Government.
    http://www.getliberty.org/
     
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    Well, according to rhetoric that's exactly what the right wants: Americans to govern themselves.

    Unfortunately, our elected leaders quickly ignore that the second they get elected.
     
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    Yes, you're right. And there are definitely demographics among Americans that have been so programmed to think big government is the cure for all human maladies that they are perfectly happy to hand over more and more of their freedoms. So the phenomenon of big government in bed with a few big corporations and unions seeking to increase its power to a point of no return continues.

    But I think S.R. is right. Most Americans do want as much freedom as possible to chart their own destiny and strive for whatever honorable goals they may seek. They don't want government to do it for them and they don't want government to prevent them from doing it.

    And it is THAT which has inspired the tax protest movements, the Tea Parties, and similar grass roots efforts to reform government first. Then we can look to see what needs to be done about everything else.
     
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    Not all Americans can govern themselves. Could you imagine what Republicans would do if we didn't have laws protecting us from them? It's why they want to get rid of all laws. So they can rampage.

    I want government to manage. Things like the military, roads, bridges, protect us from corporate greed and most of all, protect us from the Republcians. Their mysticism, their racism, their phobias.
     
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    You mean the same elected leaders that run on the platform of "no new taxes, govern yourself, less Government power" who when in reality get into power only give the government more power? :confused:

    And if Americans are so easily tricked by such snake oil salesmen, they're suppose to be able to govern themselves? :lol:
     
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    Well there is some truth to what you say. George W. Bush did not campaign on the liberalism that he allowed and somewhat promoted on his watch. Depending on who ran against him, President Obama might get a plurality of votes if an election was held today, but he would not get anywhere near the percentages he netted before he reneged on most things he promised as Candidate Obama. I don't think many expected that.

    But most of us know what we would do for ourselves if it was up to us to do it. And most of us simply trust ourselves to have our own best interests at heart than we trust anybody in big government these days. The last several presidents and Congresses have given us a lot of reason to distrust them all.
     
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