Who is the minority?

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Fred Johnson

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By Fred Johnson, Columnist

In his column, Tyranny of the Minority, the author seems to be confused about who are the minority. Take the House of Representatives for example.

Democrats were in the majority when they passed Obama care with zero Republican votes. But in the next election, voters threw out 63 Democrats and put the Republicans back in the majority in the House.

So it is not a minority that is holding up Democrats’ dreams of more government. It is a Republican majority duly elected by the American people.

And while we are speaking of majorities, recent polling data is eye opening. For example, a poll from Washington Post-ABC News showed that fully 63 percent of Americans have either little no confidence Obama will make the right decisions.

A majority of Americans, 52 percent, feel Obama does not understand the problems of people like them. A majority of Americans, 51 percent, also believe Obama is not a strong leader.

His disapproval rating stands currently at 50 percent, with 41 percent disapproving strongly – only 23 percent support him strongly. Fifty percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the president.

In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, just 3 percent of Americans believe the United States is a strong nation.

A Gallup poll conducted in December shows that a majority of Americans believe that big government is a threat to the country.

Participants were asked, “In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future — big business, big labor, or big government?”

An overwhelming 72 percent said big government. So the case can be made that it is the American people who are the majority and big government is the minority. In that case the term “Tyranny of the Minority” makes perfect sense. Fred Johnson is a member of the Morgan County Republican Party.

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