Imagine: You spot a drone from a law enforcement agency flying over your house taking videos or photos. Do you have the “right” to destroy it? Almost half of Americans — 47 percent — say why, yes, you do. Another 47 percent say no, leave the drone alone. So says a Reason/Rupe poll released Friday, which also revealed that 50 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats say citizens do not have the right to destroy the device under such circumstances.
FOR THE LEXICON
“Sequestergeddon” (National Review), “Spendocapalypse” (The Atlantic), “Sequester-palooza” (The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.; Defense News)
MARCHING THROUGH MARCH
“While some may be disheartened by the results of November’s elections, conservatives found themselves in a similar situation after President Obama first took office in the spring of 2009. The cause of conservatism dramatically reasserted itself in the 2010 elections, with conservative legislators winning an unprecedented number of elections nationwide. We can come back even stronger in 2014, but only if we start our march toward victory now,” observes ever-vigilant Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Yes, like right now.
The Democratic Party already has a running start on 2014, relentlessly shaping the political narrative and retooling grass-roots support. Republicans must write their own narrative or it will be written for them. But of interest: There will be much fodder in the woeful realities of White House spending, the federal debt, the follies of Obamacare and America’s sullied image abroad.
Meanwhile, Mr. Cardenas and company recently issued their list of the most conservative lawmakers who defend America’s founding principles.
The top five in the House: Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Diane Black of Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Paul C. Broun of Georgia and former Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana. And the top five in the Senate: Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, both of Kentucky, and former Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who did not seek re-election in 2012.
Find the considerable data — which has sparked some quibbling — here: Conservative.org.
POLL DU JOUR
• 81 percent U.S. voters are “fed up with” the federal budget deficit; 93 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree.
• 79 percent of voters overall are fed up with “too much government spending”; 95 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree.
• 78 percent overall are fed up with “gridlock in Washington”; 82 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats agree.
• 62 percent overall say media coverage of Washington focuses on “silly issues of little importance”; 75 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.