19% of Americans Trust Government

By Grant Davies

According to this new Pew Research poll, very few people trust government. Let's hope it drops even lower so we can have a better shot at returning our society to a more rational, free, and productive state. The more people believe in individual liberty and taking personal responsibility for their actions the better off we all will be.

I'm certain that most people who hear that only 19% of people trust the government are appalled by the news. But, as usual, my take is different. I look at it as people coming to their senses.

Image = Pew Research
You can read the good news and see a larger chart here.

14 comments:

  1. We need another Eisenhower and or Kennedy in the White and a Congress with individuals with integrity matching those years apparently.

    Not likely to happen.

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    1. To address your point about the type of President we need to (presumably) restore trust in government; I think we need to return to a time when the Presidency was far less important and meddled in far fewer things. The person in charge of the executive branch should be largely irrelevant.

      I am not interested in restoring trust in government. I think it's a good thing when people don't trust government. It's what I was trying to convey when I made the commentary on the issue and posted it here. Govt is a necessary evil. As Washington so famously said, (paraphrased) Government is like fire, a useful servant and a dangerous master.

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  2. Perhaps not. But hope isn't just for Obamites. People are really getting sick of this BS and it may be time for Rand Paul. At some point he will probably disappoint me, but it hasn't happened yet.

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  3. The problem with die hard unbending ideology and never being willing to agree to a workable comprise is it guarantees disappointment. Sometimes it results in the opposition gaining the upper hand. Or put another way snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Early polls are indicating Christie may have the best shot @ 2016. It's early yet and who knows at this point if Christie will throw his hat in the ring. If he does he may be the best shot for repubs.

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    1. I personally am unconcerned about the GOP having a good shot. They are morons and a big govt dip shit like Christe would be the same as a Dem as far as I'm concerned. I'll never vote for someone like him. Never.
      So maybe I'm an unbending ideologue. My ideology is freedom, so if that's a vice, I'm a sinner.
      And I'm happy to compromise on anything except my core principles and my rights, which are non negotiable.

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  4. I never compromise my core principles either, when it comes to my personal life, which of course is all one can control. Beyond that, life is but a series of compromises. It's called existing in a diverse society, working for people who policy for their business, complying with some regulations we don't care for, following laws that seem unreasonable to us, etc.

    If Christie ends up with the nomination perhaps, just maybe we avoid a Hillary presidency. Who by the way I believe will be disastrous. Just me.

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  5. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but it seems like I'm being portrayed as someone who needs to be scolded into staying between the lines. Someone who cannot function in a society of rules. It's bizarre.

    As to voting for a big govt statist to avoid having a different big govt statist get elected, it's an old game that's played by the two political parties. It's worked for a long time, which is why we end up with choices between the likes of McCain and Obama, Romney and Obama, Bush and Gore, etc.

    It's the scare game. Vote for the GOP candidate, no matter how bad, because the Dem is disastrous. Or, vote for the Dem, no matter how bad, because the GOP is disastrous.

    I don't fall for it anymore. I haven't for quite a while. Fewer people all the time fall for it. So let's not get caught up in picking the lesser of two evils between candidates who may not even be running in 3 years. I'll work for having a real choice to vote for freedom, smaller govt. and fiscal healing. I'll vote for someone I want, not someone who I try to predict might be able to beat the boogyman. That person is Rand Paul right now. Or someone like him. Someone who stands for the the things I believe will return the country to it's rightful path. Just me.

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    1. I don't disagree with your premise/argument at all. If, and given the countries current state, it's a big if he can win the general and have very long coattails.

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  6. I'll add a word about how I define compromise. Compromise is not when people who have diametrically opposing goals settle on a middle ground that accomplishes neither goal. Compromise is when people who have the same goal settle on a course of action even though they disagree on which approach is better at working toward the goal. "Let's try some of your approaches and some of mine and maybe we'll find the best way and make some progress toward the goal." That's compromise to me.

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    1. Agreed, as the concept is applied to a broad spectrum of thought.

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  7. Frankly I'm just surprised that it's as high as 19%, but I'm a natural born skeptic.

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  9. In my view, the danger with trusting in government is a question of government reach. Trusting a government when it is reaching into more and more areas of the economy and people's lives is the real problem. That is exactly when people should eye a government with suspicion. The trend line indicates that perhaps that most people get that. But that isn't necessarily a cause and effect relationship.

    Interestingly the most precipitous drops in trust were during both Bush presidencies (Obama has certainly fared no better despite the hype). Both Reagan and (unfortunately) Clinton saw rebounds in public trust. I suspect the latter may be due to the Contract With America created by Republicans in Congress. It is also a distinct possibility that trust in government goes up during what is perceived to be good economic times. It's not easy to determine what causes trust to rise or fall, but economics, public relations and government reach/intrusion all likely play a role to some degree.

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