Our country isn’t as free as it once was. For decades, both parties have contributed to the problem. Our country is less free and our markets are more restricted, and not just because of President Obama. Our slow march away from American free market principles predated Obama, so it isn’t that many Americans are rebelling against him, specifically.
Instead, we’re rebelling against what the country has become over the last few decades. The business- and job-killing regulation... The loss of freedoms like smoking and eating trans fats... The speech codes on campuses and retribution against companies that don’t hold politically-correct views... These are what make us feel less free than what we assume the country’s founders intended. We all have this idea of how free the country should be, and none of us think we’re that free anymore.
No, the problem isn’t just Obama, but Obama is the final straw. He tried for so much change so fast that the frog finally realized it was being boiled. If President Obama had kept the slow march going like every politician before him – Republican and Democrat – there wouldn’t be a voter backlash against him. But he didn’t. While Obama didn’t create the problem and many politicians perpetuated the problem before him, Obama has pushed so hard so fast that people who didn’t used to pay attention are now angry.
When we say we want to take our country back, it has nothing to do with President Obama’s race. Frankly, it has almost nothing to do with Obama himself. We want to take our country back from the regulators and the overseers of both parties who think they know better than we the people. Our country isn’t as free as it once was. And for most of us, that’s a problem.