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As Fear Recedes, Americans’ Opposition to Expanding Government Rises

Adam Dick
October 22nd, 2021
The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
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This article was originally published by Adam Dick at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. 

Twice this century, a greater number of Americans, when asked a yearly Gallup survey question, said their opinion aligns more with the view that government “should do more to solve problems” than with the view that government is “trying to do too many things.” The first time was in 2001, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The second time was in 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus scare. Fear, pumped up incessantly by people in government, media, and beyond, at these two time periods helped lead to a big shift in the poll answers. Every other year, polled people’s opinions came out with a plurality or majority aligned with the view that the government does too much.

It is good to see the poll’s indication that people have regained their inclination in favor of restraining government instead or expanding it. Overall, 52 percent of people polled in September said the government does too much compared with 43 percent who said it should do more. Last year those numbers were just about reversed: Only 41 percent said the government should do less, while 54 percent said it should do more.

It is also good to see that among Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike there was over the last year a gain in the percent of people who said the government should do less and a decrease in the percent of people who said the government should do more. These changes were much larger among people who identified as independents than among people who claimed a party affiliation. Indeed, independents are the one group for whom the majority view flipped from 2020 to 2021, with the expanding government view winning out 56 to 38 percent last year and the restricting government view winning out 57 percent to 38 percent this year. It is likely more than coincidence that that huge shift in opinion has coincided with the termination of major coronavirus crackdown mandates over the last year in some parts of America.

Gallup’s September poll results also suggest there is a reason for hope that many people who have recently seen the light about the danger of accepting government power grabs will oppose efforts to expand the government’s coercive reach in the name of countering future drummed up crises.

Looking at the partisan breakdown of answers to the question, though, suggests that people in parts of America where many more people see themselves as Democrats may be in for much yet expansion of government power. Among Republicans answering the poll question in September, the government should do less answer was chosen by 80 percent, while just 15 percent chose the alternative. Among independents, the reducing government view was chosen by a narrower, though still large, a margin of 57 percent to 38 percent. In contrast, among Democrats the government should do more answer was the runaway winner at 78 percent to 18 percent.

People in more heavily Democratic areas have tended to be subjected to, and tend to continue to endure, more government mandates in the name of countering coronavirus than people elsewhere in America. The good news for people in these areas is that even among Democrats the support for expanding government’s reach has waned. The bad news is that, as indicated in the September Gallup poll, supporting government doing more remains the opinion of most Democrats.

Also, with Democrats in control of the United States Congress and presidency, expect the march of coronavirus tyranny to continue at the national level. A big question is how strongly and effectively politicians from areas with a greater concentration of Republican and independent voters will act to counter this threat from DC.

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    1. Christian Soldier says:

      The true deception is the parties (I,R or D)

      Washington and Adams both agreed when the two party system came in to play it was the end of the Republic….that was 1791 if memory serves me correct.

      So with that said.

      Let me tell ya something, its all been planned….the left, the right…the R or D….it doesn’t matter…they, the politicians are of the same bird…they have one agenda…and while everyone is choosing sides…they are laughing at you…while they push their agenda forward….they are not your savior…Jesus trumps the politicians

      Are you a Christian, the Christian is told not to turn to the left nor to the right…

      Proverbs 4:25-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      25 Let your eyes look directly ahead
      And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
      26 Watch the path of your feet
      And all your ways will be established.
      27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
      Turn your foot from evil.

      Your job as a blood bought slave of Christ, born by the Spirit of God is to call out all evil and folks evil exist on both sides. right or left…

      Go and buy a Holy Bible and see this was spoken by the Lord God long before man was on this earth…for one verse will speak this truth….

      “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).

      THE DECREE OF GOD IS HIS PURPOSE OR DETERMINATION with respect to future things, because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things. But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, which being many seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each one. But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another:

      Deuteronomy 28:43
      43 The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower.

      Proverbs 16:4 The LORD created everything for His purpose, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

      Its all been planned folks and you can stamp your feet and shake your fist to the heavens above, yet God today is bringing about calamity on the earth.

      Isaiah 45:6-7
      6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
      That there is no one besides Me.
      I am the Lord, and there is no other,
      7 The One forming light and creating darkness,
      Causing well-being and creating calamity;
      I am the Lord who does all these.

      Buckle up boys and girls…its about to get real bumpy…

    2. Anonymous says:

      Things are now unsustainable and can’t go on for long, something is gonna chance soon and itl probably won’t be for the good.

      Be ready for it, it will catch most people by surprise.

    3. patriot says:

      The public has been deceived for years with presenting the sheeple a system that is ALL controlled by the NWO/committee of 300 and they are descendants from thousand of years who have been tying to control the world for that time. They have made huge progress in the last few years and are now on the verge of a total destruction/transformation of this country as we once knew it. They must be stopped at any cost and with any manner that works. end of story OR end of US if not done!

    4. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Over last weekend, NPR featured a BBC radio show which had a psychologist on that I suspect was from the CIA telling listeners that they should forgive people for things that perpetrators have done to them, even if the perpetrators have no remorse for what they have done. That is why I believe that he works for the CIA, and I think that many psychologists, sociologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses in America do work for the CIA because control, mind control, and societal control have been primary objectives of theirs for their entire history, and the levels of control that they wish to usurp have only increased over time, in what appears to be synonymous with any type of addictive behavior, whether it is alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or compulsive gambling. Obviously, the banana bureaucrats have a vested interest in creating a very large segment of the population that is willing to be victims of the bureaucracy’s abusive behavior, which is unhealthy for the entire country. The “mental health” workers do not care about the entire country though, they only care about the bureaucrats and the bureaucracy who are incapable of surviving without a very large group of victims that they are able to cannibalize.

      Obviously, if someone is given the choice of either being alone or being with enemies that are violating their rights, and also refuse to stop violating their rights, and similarly refuse to take responsibility for their actions, it is easier to survive by being alone than it is with predators that are attacking. It works out really well for the predators that have victims that have accepted their victimhood. The victims do not fare so well though.

      The psychologist also said that if victims do not forgive their perpetrators, that they will experience the negative emotion of resentment and other people will not want anything to do with them because of it. 

      What the psychologist does not acknowledge though, is that a pattern of forgiving predators for their behavior that never plan on changing or stopping their predation, will lead to the victims resenting themselves for being victims. That is perfect for the predators, and that is what predators want. Predators want people to remove all blame from them and take on all of the blame for being victims and turn into self-loathing people for forgiving people. Nobody can escape from living with themselves. It is physically impossible to survive. It is better not to resent yourself for being tolerant of abuse than it is to resent the abusers. The only other option would be to be to make a conscious decision to be fully committed to permanent victimhood status.

      If people are acting as predators and refuse to stop or acknowledge it, it goes way beyond the Christian realm of forgiveness to expect victims to forgive them. The intolerant demand tolerance in the banana bureaucracy, for evil and sadistic crimes against humanity. I will practice intolerance for intolerable behavior by predators. I am unwilling to be a victim. I am unwilling to reward predatory, illegal, abusive constitutional rights violations by not holding the guilty parties accountable for it. If I forgive them for all that they have done, what will they expect to be forgiven for next?

      I know my rights, and I know the law, and I know that their violations of my constitutional rights is totally illegal, and so do they, which is why they refuse to admit that they are doing it. They are functionally illiterate, mentally incompetent, talentless serial criminal psychopaths trying to cheat their way through life, because they are too incompetent to play on a level playing field, and are undeserving of being forgiven by me.

      I would strongly discourage anyone from seeking “professional” help for depression, because the “professionals” in those fields strictly attempt to indoctrinate and condition their patients into accepting victimhood status and frequently through mind-numbing drugs designed to make victims more docile like a pet that will not fight back, and also deny them the right to be angry, and even deny that they even have a right to be angry, frequently by accusing them of imagining that they are victims, and by consistently accusing them of being delusional, and completely without any evidence that their patients have imagined things, or are delusional. If it is true that depression is anger turned inward, then the “professionals” only increase it, since the “professionals” do not do anything to stop the abuse, and do not acknowledge their patients right to be angry about it, or the “professionals” just agree and do not do anything about other than bill them for it, which really only helps the “professionals” and the predators that are never held accountable, so they also enable the predators in doing so.

      I would also strongly discourage anyone from seeking support from 12 step programs like AA, bacause they also have the same mentality of blaming victims for their victimhood, and are really nothing more than an extention of mind control programs filled with extremely abusive people that perversely enjoy trying to dominate others and try to assume total command and control of every aspect of their lives.
      If you were to read the AA Big Book, and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions book, written by the sex-crazed, sex-obseesed, sex-addict, and reckless Wall Street stock broker, Bill W., that had his “spiritual awakening” on LSD, craved alcohol till the day he died, and never had an honest moment in his entire life, because he cheated on his wife throughout their marriage, and rationalized keeping it secret from her, because in his twisted rationalization, Bill W. believed that he was doing her a favor by lying to her, and in hiding compulsive infidelity from her, after the crash of 1929, so, you will see that Bill W. obviously had a very strong motive for wanting people to blame themselves for being victims, then you will see how twisted all of it is. Nobody needs an entire committee in order to stop doing something. They want people believe that they are so much in need of the bureaucracy, that they need an an entire bureaucracy in order to stop drinking alcohol. 

      Andrea Iravani

      P.S.
      Stop hacking my writing! Stop hacking my things! You are a poster child for abortion! You are destructive liability that the world does not want, need, and cannot afford! Please kill yourself now! It would really MAGA! Poor retarded lttle humanized mouse is incapable of doing anything other than destroying personal property. Your character is your destiny. You have the character of a rodent. 

      Exterminate!  Exterminate! Exterminate!

      Andeea Iranani

    5. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      The individuals in surveillance state, which includes women, do not know how to behave around women, because both men and women in the surveillance state illegally spy on women like me that are not in the surveillance state, and steal intellectual my property, and my physical property, which constitutes illegal enslavement. 

      When will the scumbags in the surveillance state wake up and accept that their rightful places in this world are in prison, and that it is not possible to have the upper hand while behaving underhandedly? It is total life rape in which victims cannot defend themselves against the total life rapists in the surveillance state. It is rape that never stops.

      Andrea Iravani

    6. cranerigger says:

      Read the “Federalist Papers” folks. I agree with the Christian Soldier that many of the Founders admonished citizens to beware of political parties, as loyalty to the parties has superceded loyalty to the nation. The idea that folks that do NOT pay income taxes can produce a majority of votes to TAX property (income) from those that do pay income taxes tells the tale.

      As Old Guy commented many times, there are too many takers and too few makers.

    7. Anonymous says:

      ~ MY LITTLE ARMALITE ~
      And it’s down along the bog road, that’s where I long to be
      Lyin’ in the dark with a Provo company
      A comrade on me left and another one on me right
      A clip of ammunition for me little Armalite

      I was stopped by a soldier, he said, “You are a swine”
      He hit me with his rifle and he kicked me in the groin
      I begged and I pleaded, oh my manners were polite
      But all the time I’m thinkin’ of me little Armalite

      And it’s down in the bogside, that’s where I long to be
      Lyin’ in the dark with a Provo company
      A comrade on me left and another one on me right
      And a clip of ammunition for me little Armalite

      Well this brave R.U.C. man came marchin’ up our street
      600 British soldiers he had lined up at his feet
      “Come out ye cowardly Fenians, come on out and fight”
      He cried “I’m only jokin’!”, when he heard the Armalite

      And it’s down in Mullahy, that’s where I long to be
      Lyin’ in the dark with a Provo company
      A comrade on me left and another one on me right
      A clip of ammunition for me little Armalite

      Well, the army came to visit me, ’twas in the early hours
      With Saracens, and Saladins, and Ferret armoured cars
      They thought they had me cornered, but I gave them all a fright
      With the armour-piercin’ bullets of me little Armalite

      And it’s down in the New Lodge, that’s where I long to be
      Lyin’ in the dark with a Provo company
      A comrade on me left and another one on me right
      A clip of ammunition for me little Armalite

      Well, when Prior came to Belfast, to see the battles won
      The generals they had told him, “We’ve got them on the run”
      But corporals and privates, while on patrol at night
      Say, “Remember Narrow Water and the bloody Armalite”

      And it’s down in Crossmaglen, that’s where I long to be
      Lyin’ in the dark with a Provo company
      A comrade on me left and another one on me right
      And a clip of ammunition for me little Armalite

    8. I believe there would be close to 100% agreement that the Federal Government is way to big, too powerful., too inefficient.

      The solution is rather simply – lets go back to a more powerful STATES RIGHT – strip the Fed of many of their departments and agencies – no more executive orders etc etc

      • cranerigger says:

        Well said sir.

      • Confederate Bill says:

        I totally agree. The State has no conscience, it must be constantly checked. The nature of the State has at least four main facets. One is that it has an absolutely insatiable desire to ever grow and accumulate power, even if illicitly or un-Constitutional. The second is the State always becomes the enemy of its people. Thirdly, the State prefers, even demands to operate in secrecy. And fourth, the State eventually but always becomes an oligarchy/autocracy. It will lie, it will kill, it will commit fraud, it will betray it own people, it will make war on its own people, it will commit treason, it will do ANYTHING that is necessary to obtain ever more power, no matter how illegitimate.
        This country fought its worst war ever to keep states from exercising their states rights to secede. (Sorry, it was not about slavery. Before war actually broke out Lincoln and an almost unanimous Congress said they didn’t care that slavery existed so long as the South agreed not to secede.) I am a strong and unreconstructed proponent of Secession, but realize the Federal State would be merciless in trying to crush it. It just will not allow any power it has accumulated to diminish. It loves a highly centralized and totally controlling power, and equally despises states rights.

    9. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I understand that the serial-criminal psychopathic scumbags in the surveillance state would really like people to believe that the psychopaths have a right to violate the constitutional rights of others, but they do not have that right. 

      The United States Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, whether you like it or not. You are not nobility, whether you like it or not, and Jews do not have any privelages that everyone else does not have, and any thing that gives special privelages to Jews is completely illegal, like the anti-BDS orders.

      If you do not like the Constitution of the United States, then move to the United Kingdom, that does not give any rights to anyone other than nobility and Jews.

      If the United States does not start enforcing the constitution, it will quickly end up like the United Kingdom, which was once a large empire that spanned the globe, from England, to Taiwan, to India, to South Africa, to the Virgin Islands, and is now just an island that Scotland is considering taking back part of the island, and its off shore Northern Ireland also is considering leaving. In England, they use the Magna Carta. The United States surveillance state is trying to impose the Magna Carta on citizens, in exchange for The United States Constitution. The United States will quickly end up like the
      “United” “Kingdom” if the constitution is not quickly enforced. 

      Andrea Iravani

    10. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I just had an epiphany regarding the nature of black holes.

      It is my hypothesis that black holes draw matter that cannot escape into them, and will continue doing so until they reach critical mass and can be reborn as stars again.

      Andrea Iravani

    11. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I just had an epiphany regarding the nature of black holes.

      It is my hypothesis that black holes draw matter that cannot escape into them, and will continue doing so until they reach critical mass and can be reborn as stars again.

      We will all be sucked into Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy at some point, by gravitational pull, if we live long enough.

      We are practically on the event horizon. That is like wow!

      Andrea Iravani

    12. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Sorry, but it will be considerably before then, but not likely during your life time. In 1980, Carl Sagan in Cosmos wrote that Sagittarius, ( unknown to be a super massive black hole at that time ) was
      “some 30,000 light years away”, and encyclopedia.com is claiming 26,000 light years away. I recently saw 25,640 light years away. It is gaining mass and gravitational force. It is estimated to be 3.7 million solar masses on encyclopedia.com. Years ago it was estimated to be 2.4 million solar masses.

      It had to be enormous though, in order to have had such a strong gravitaional force for the entire Milky Way Galaxy to revolve around it. It is not accidental that the galaxy appears the way that it does. It is by design. It is the laws of nature, the laws of the universe, and the laws of God that is the way that it is. That is not to say that predestination is valid. God gave man free will. Just as a mother gives birth to a child, she does not control the free will of the child for its entire life, and really not even during any of its life, unless forcing someone to go to school or eat their vegetables can be considered to decide the free will of the child. Maybe they will do those things, but that still really does not give a parent total control over the free will of the child, who could go to school with a gun and shoot people, pick a fight on the play ground, or throw up in the bathroom after being forced to eat vegetables.

      Things that God will not let people do are levitate via meditation alone, time traveling, and things that defy the laws of the universe, but that does not mean that God is tolerant of violent behavior, anymore than a mother would be if her child became a school shooter, or a play ground bully. If you expect your mother to love you after deciding to become a school shooter or a play ground bully, that is just an unreasonable expectation. People have equally unreasonable expectations of God. A mother cannot prevent bad things from happening to a child that she loves either. She realizes that before she is pregnant. It does not 
      mean that she hates the child though.

      Andrea Iravani

      P.S.
      Stop hacking! You are a psychopath! You belong in prison! The department of corrections can correct your illegal, destructive, predatory, and psychologically abusive and violent behavior while you are in prison!

    13. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I predict that MSM right wing media is about to reshuffle staff big time, and get more honest, and do actual investigative journalism, rather than its usual routine of extremist ideologue rantings and disinformation because of Trump’s SPAC.

      If Trump is the RNC brand, how will right wing media survive if Trump has his own media empire?

      They will have to actually do what they are supposed to do, or fade away.

      Andrea Iravani

    14. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Trump actually said that his social media company will focus on
      “non woke” Individuals.

      So, is that code for a sleeper cell network? I’ll bet Kelly Ann Conway told him to say that.

      Andrea Iravani

    15. Marcy says:

      Message to the world, don’t let the evil globalists turn the rest of us against each other. We have to stick together and fight ‘them.’ Otherwise, they have won their sick games. All they are doing is protecting their power and money system.

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