"Democrats have made recent election inroads in the (mountain west) by successfully courting independents, Republican crossovers and conservative-to-moderate loyalists in their own party. But it's these very voters — gun owners, civil libertarians, — who seem to be turning away from the president across the country because of deep-seated concerns about expanding government and soaring budget deficits."
About 233 years ago a little strip of geography along the eastern coast of North America spawned a population of gun owners, civil libertarians, and private property advocates. They tried a small experiment in limited government which grew and worked out quite well for a long time.
I wonder what sort of experiment lurks in the collectivist heart of those those who would demonize, or at least marginalize, such individualists.