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Fear Itself

2:32 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Americans have become increasingly more afraid of their own government, as Eric Katz writes in, appropriately, Government Executive.  Seems that:

More than one in three voting Americans are afraid of the federal government, according to a recent poll.

And that:

The percentage of U.S. voters who viewed the government as a protector of rights decreased by more than half since December 2012, when 45 percent viewed the government as a positive force.

And, finally, that:

Two-thirds of voters viewed the government as a special interest group that “looks out primarily for its own interests.”

These numbers take us a long way from that "government is the thing we all belong to,” pitch that the party of government likes to make and put to music

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