Given the big government policies of the Obama administration, a number of conservatives are now concerned that we’ve passed a point of no return, that not only are well well along the road to serfdom, but most Americans, that is, the slight majority who voted for Obama, now favor socialism.
While I do agree that Obama’s policies push us further down the road about which Friedrich Hayek warned, I don’t believe Americans want to realize socialism in this land. Some people voted for Obama not because they liked his policies, but because they liked the idea of Obama.
Or because they bought into the Democratic notion of a Republican War on Women. They may not like Obama’s economic policies, but they didn’t want those evil Republican taking away their birth control.
Obama largely avoided campaigning on his big government policies because he knew they didn’t sell with the American people. Even Obama is aware that the American people don’t really want big government.
They’re not, at least, a majority of Americans are just not yet willing to defy those politicians who want to lead us down this road to serfdom. Only when they realize how far along we are, when they face the impact, say, of Obamacare, will they realize that they have been complicit in loss of our liberty.