A commenter on one of my favorite blogs, Neo-Neocon gets it in one:

Trust on elected officials and the justice system is heading lower and lower, towards the levels of a third world nation. Once this trust has eroded, society sinks because that thin blue line that separates a government of laws from a government of favored people is no longer there. Obama is trying to obliterate this line with the full backing of the Democratic party and the MSM. This is the true, never-go-back legacy of this President.

It has taken him just 12 months to bring us to this sad pass. The mistrust has been building for years, but Obama  has made it a national issue. The reaction can be seen in the sudden eruption of the Tea Party Patriots movement, fueled by the passion of ordinary Americans fighting to save their country.