Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clueless in DC. Two liberals try to understand the poll numbers on mistrust in government.

Are we in the end times of trust in government?
When public trust in government collapsed from 53 percent in 1972 to 36 percent in November 1974, it made sense. The Watergate investigation, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, was just the sort of ugly — and prolonged — episode to make public perception of government erode in a relatively rapid manner.
Ditto the historically low trust ratings reached in Pew polling in the early 1990s, as a series of congressional scandals — with the House Bank scandal being the most prominent — produced large amounts of media coverage focused on what the heck politicians were doing in the nation’s capital.
But the recent drop, which began in earnest after the goodwill toward Washington surrounding its actions in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks wore off, seems disconnected to any single notable event. There have been a fair share of legislative standoffs and scandals in recent years, but nothing nearly as heavily covered or broad as Watergate or the House bank.
Instead, it appears to be a political death — or at least bloodletting — by a thousand cuts. No one event is to blame. Rather, something even more corrosive to government appears to be happening — a steady and growing belief that politicians in Washington are simply not to be trusted.
Being collectivists, these mokes ignore little things like Waco, Ruby Ridge, Fast and Furious -- the latter story barely noticed by the authors when the scandal was at its height. And they just can't understand what is happening? Poor babies.


Anonymous said...

They understand. They are lying commie whore traitors all of them and they understand completely. These are simply more lies and obfuscations.

You make a choice to be a Marxist or not, they are and everything they say and do has but two purposes. To empower and enrich themselves and produce a Marxist state that they control.

Knowing this, one must ask the question why they are allowed to exist. The dangers should be obvious and so should any illusions of co-existence or dialogue because they are absolutely incompatible with any form of freedom.

They are not lying to themselves but they must lie to everyone else or it will never be the way they want it and they will never have the power and wealth they seek. Meanwhile, we seek to live unmolested lives and to be left alone in peace.

Isn't it completely obvious that this isn't going to happen, that they will continue until they win or they die?

Anonymous said...

"There have been a fair share of legislative standoffs and scandals in recent years, but nothing nearly as heavily covered or broad as Watergate or the House bank. "

Fast and Furious was infinitely more broad than a few guys breaking into a hotel room for the Nixon campaign.
Nothing as heavily covered is true, nothing the dems do demonstrably wrong gets heavy coverage.

Anonymous said...

Oh the "mokes" aren't ignorant of the rising groundswell of negative public opinion; just contemptuous of it.

Witness Karl Rove's recently declared war to purge the GOP of TEA Party zealots in its ranks ! Mr. Rove "gets it" ! The one thing the GOP and DNP do agree upon is any populist movement (like the TEA Party ) must be killed in the womb lest an empowered electorate realize they can run the show ! >Jeff

oughtsix said...

"must be killed in the womb"

You mean like the thirty million potential Americans killed in abortion "clinics" in the last several decades?

There's your proof of genocidal intentions, right there.


What would you call genocide plus population replacement through illegal "immigration?"

I really don't need to explain this, do I?

Charles N. Steele said...

They don't understand b/c they only know what MSM reports. MSM hasn't given honest reporting on the dysfunctional govt and growth of the nanny/police state.

Hence they worry about mysteriously growing beliefs that are "corrosive" to government, but what is actually happening is that statism is growing like cancer in govt, the MSM is ignoring it, and people are waking up to it anyway.

Anonymous said...

"I can't imagine how Nixon won. No one I know voted for him!" -- New York socialite overheard at a cocktail party.

Anonymous said...

"the MSM is ignoring it,..."

They are actively assisting.

There is a difference.