The panel on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” was discussing the brouhaha over Chris Christie and Rand Paul arguing against mandatory vaccination, and of course the conversation included the idea that this was to some extent an expression of the fundamental distrust and resentment of government in a significant portion of the American electorate.
Host Chuck Todd asked panelist Katty Kay (a Brit who has been based in the United States and anchors the news on BBC America) whether this was one of the key differences between American and European voters. She said it was one of three elements of difference that she calls “the three Gs.”
Kay: “The big divide is god, guns and government. The three Gs… We [meaning Europeans generally] are much more secular. We are much more prone to liking government. And we cannot understand the gun culture in this country. And that’s really what divides us.”