Rope a dope: As Obama signs gun control actions, most Americans find government the problem, not guns

In George Orwell’s famous novel 1984, the concept of changing the definition of words to their opposite was the prime way to make people malleable to the will of the government.  Terms such as War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength are just some of the programming done by tyrannical governments to acquire allegiance from people.

In the real world, this type of programming is being done in such measures as President Obama’s new gun control Actions, which throw away all real data and instead make gun ownership an emotional issue, similar to political correctness.  But perhaps in an even bigger diversion, the government is trying to make guns an issue in the eyes of the public when in fact, it is the government itself that is the biggest issue on the minds of Americans.

In a new Gallup Poll out on Jan. 4, the most important problem facing America is not guns, which ranked 19th out of 23 categories, but the government itself, and the inability of government to function correctly and to deal with the problems facing America financially, socially, and geo-politically.

According to Gallup’s monthly measure of the most important problem facing the U.S., an average of 16% of Americans in 2015 mentioned some aspect of government, including President Barack Obama, Congress or political conflict, as the country’s chief problem. The economy came in second with 13% mentioning it, while unemployment and immigration tied for third at 8%. – Gallup

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President Obama has proven to be incompetent in dealing with real issues facing America, as seen recently by his agendas for gun control and climate change while the world accelerates towards war in the Middle East, and with groups bent on inflicting terror at home and abroad.  And in Congress, petty debates over what to do about immigration, Obamacare, and the national debt have left most Americans with the belief that the Legislative Branch is not only broken, but completely unable to do its duty in dealing with important issues that really affect the public and the country.

In a society where approval and ratings trump (no pun intended) statesmanship, and where emotional issues are the primary focus to mask the real problems affecting the nation, it is not surprising that the people believe as Ronald Reagan once intoned, that government is not the solution to our problems, but instead that government is the problem.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.