Gene Healy knocks it out of the park – again – in his recent post for Cato:

Should we worry about big government? For far too many Americans, the answer is “not when my team’s in charge!”

Since 2003, Gallup has periodically asked Americans whether the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.” The latest results are in, and in just four years Republicans’ and Democrats’ answers “have shifted dramatically.”

In September 2006, 57 percent of Democrats said yes, while only 21 percent of Republicans agreed. Since then, Congress and the White House have gone from red to blue, and the two camps have switched places. “What, me worry?” say all but 21 percent of the Ds today, while 66 percent of the Rs are ready to start provisioning their concrete bunkers.

For those of us who genuinely believe in limited government, Gallup’s results are depressing, if not surprising. Mindless partisanship remains a major obstacle to restoring constitutional limits on federal power.

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Michael Boldin

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