Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.
Add a president which has held the bourgeoisie (I use this term purposefully), the vast middle class in such disdain and this anti-government sentiment is to be expected. For 7 years many Americans, and I’ll bet probably even a majority of Americans, have felt disconnected from their government particularly. Middle America has been cast as the “problem” by Obama and a complicit media. Indeed it seems Obama has tried to construct a state which works against the interests of middle America. No wonder many Americans are angry. (I think the Dems underestimate this.)
Not to mention that the government and the people who cling to the government’s skirts always want more from this segment of American society, the people who actually make this country run.
Of course many of the government types and the government hangers on characterize the middle class, and that is pretty much who this 1/3 of independents and Republicans are, as selfish or even racist. This, even though the middle class in paying for the welfare state the pro-government people love so much and seek to expand.
I can understand why a large portion of the American electorate have had enough. I wouldn’t use the the word “enemy,” but I get why some do.