April 20, 2010

Distrust, discontent, anger (or, the American people and their Government)

According to a new series of Pew Research Center surveys, nearly 80 percent of Americans are more sceptical of Washington than ever, and a desire for smaller government is especially evident since Barack Obama took office. Public confidence in the federal government is at one of the lowest points in a half-century. There is a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government—a dismal economy, an unhappy public, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials. This anti-government feeling has driven the tea party movement, which has a small but fervent antigovernment constituency and could be a wild card in this November’s election. Please note that many Republicans (28%), and Independents who lean Republican (30%), say the tea party movement represents their point of view better than the GOP. (See also here and here)


  1. I would say that we in the Conservative movement, expressed primarily by the Tea Party Movement, are not so much anti-government, as we are 'constitutionalists'. It limits gov't to specific things it's allowed to do. We recognize the importance of honest gov't applied correctly and legally. The current regime rejects the Constitution.

  2. There's an interesting article today in the Figaro on the present social climate in the USA. For those who can read French :


    And for those who are willing to brave an Italian translation attempt with possible nuances of Anglo-French dialect :


    It's reported that Obama actually receives an average of thirty death threats a day..
    In their case it has to be: 'No they can't'.

  3. Funny, that when it's the left wingnuts protesting and calling names, we hear things like "dissent is the purest form of patriotism". But when it's against a left wing government, it's sedition. People don't trust the government because they know they can't trust Obama, Emmanuel, Pelosi or Reid. It's as simple as that.