I love the reader comments under news stories on the Kansas City Star Website. Sometimes they give you a feel for how hard democracy really is. Political scientists and politicians, to say nothing of reporters, often lose track of the level of sophistication of the public they are trying to reach.
To be sure, advertisers and political consultants do not lose track of the level of sophistication of the public they are trying to reach.
So in the Star today I found a small odd story with almost no detail about a raid on a small church in Independence in a firearms investigation. More will doubtless be known about this later.
The point here is the response of one reader apparently disturbed by such a raid. Many folks believe the second amendment is the 11th Commandment handed down to Moses but lost because he couldn't find space on the tablet. You also get the feel in this one sentence response of all the folks who have swallowed hook, line and sinker the idea Obama is a communist or, at least, a socialist, and that universal health care means the loss of democracy as we know it .
His comment went something like this: There goes another one of our freedoms, the right to keep and bare arms.
In this weather you wouldn't think that would be an issue.