Will Americans Ever Trust Their Government Again?
A string of homemade signs lines the highway in front of a small construction business in Rostraver, Pennsylvania. There are 17 in total, and they all reflect the owner’s loss of trust in the government, with their broad array of colorful and sometimes salty phrases. All are directly aimed at the government, not at a particular party.
Last week, a poll released in nearby Ohio showed half of the people who held a favorable opinion of the Republican presidential nominee said they had little to no confidence in the integrity of the upcoming vote count. In short, they expected some rigging or fraud in the vote totals because they did not trust the government to get it right.
And that surge of millennials who rejected Hillary Clinton for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries? That rejection largely stemmed from their association of her with traditional political sources of institutional power: such as her role as first lady, as U.S. senator from New York, and as secretary of State. Their beef with her? Her government resume and coziness with Wall Street—period. – READ MORE