Matt Towery

Increasingly, Americans fear their government. They fear its power, its might and its ability to ruin their lives.

The recent showdown in Nevada between federal agents and a cattle rancher and a group of his supporters is a symbol of the kind of abuse of power and executive sleight-of-hand that are becoming the hallmark of the Obama administration. (The federal agents in Nevada even wore brown shirts.) And this is just one of many unnerving examples of increasingly bold government intrusion.

We all know the IRS targeted conservative groups. When we learn of IRS offices covered with pro-Obama campaign paraphernalia, and of the office of a high-ranking Democrat likely coordinating attacks on the witnesses in a congressional investigation, there's little doubt of what's going on. Lois Lerner is living proof of a likely cover-up. But a national media riddled with Obama sympathizers continue to cover the matter with tepid interest

The same goes for Benghazi. The administration's far-fetched claim that a rogue video on YouTube triggered the vicious attack on Americans there has proved to be a blatant lie. No sufficient answer was ever provided as to how soon and how much the president or his top aides knew about this being an organized terrorist attack. This was a pre-reelection cover-up, pure and simple.

And it should frighten us all that soon after the attack on the American embassy, the man responsible for the video that became the scapegoat for Benghazi was dragged off to jail on unrelated charges.

Recently a CBS News reporter who left the network said that many reporters covering this White House avoid pursuing potentially controversial issues. She attributed this partly to an unacknowledged desire to protect a president who shares with much media a liberal governing philosophy, and partly to a chilling effect on news that is the product of a hardball administration that punishes unfriendly reporters.

A majority of the nation is now wondering just how hard their own government is working to intimidate or bully not just the media but individual Americans as well. A growing percentage of the public believes their government spies on them, tracks their day-to-day activities and could destroy them financially. Many say they are afraid to outwardly express their views about President Obama or the government.

From Obamacare and endless executive orders, to intimidation by federal bureaucrats, this White House has moved quickly and in an unabashed manner to implement its collectivist domestic social policies. It has increased government crackdowns on citizens in the U.S., while deliberately weakening our military and diplomatic strength abroad.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery