It's really been an issue since the 1968 election, when the socialist loons hijacked the Democrat Party and began to seriously destroy those basic American values. The Right has made some stupid moves, too, but their moves are more like the chaotic groping of a spider squashed by a rock, whereas the Democrats are moving in a single purposeful direction.
However, I think the majority of people have finally identified one of the core issues. They want the government to stop spending. They don't want the government to take over healthcare. They're finally realizing that the problem is the government itself.