A great cultural and political battle is underway in America between people who want government to take care of them and people who want to take care of themselves.
The former covet their neighbors' goods and want government to redistribute the nation's wealth. The latter believe government exists primarily to protect the God-given rights of individuals, including not only the right to life, freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, but also the right to own and use the hard-won fruits of their labors.
Recent polls indicate that even though Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 running on a platform that appealed to the former, the latter still account for the majority of Americans.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last week asked more than a thousand adults this question: "Generally speaking, would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services or larger government with more services?"
Fifty-eight percent said they favor a smaller government with fewer services. Only 38 percent said they favor a larger government with more services.
Public Policy Polling, a firm that boasts a client base of Democratic politicians, also conducted a poll last week of more than a thousand adults -- in this case likely voters in Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. The poll asked these likely Massachusetts voters: "Do you think that congressional Democrats are too liberal, too conservative or about right?" Fifty-three percent said congressional Democrats are too liberal.
The same poll asked, "Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care plan?" Only 40 percent of these Massachusetts voters said they supported it.
Another poll of likely Massachusetts voters found even less support for Obama's health care plan. WHDH Channel 7 News in Boston and Suffolk University asked 500 Massachusetts voters: "Do you support the proposed near universal national health care law?" Only 36 percent said yes.
Yet even though voters in Massachusetts -- one of the nation's most liberal states -- have unmistakably rejected Obama's national health care plan, this does not mean Obama and the liberal leadership in Congress won't try to make this unpopular plan the law of the land.