by Scott Carter:
It’s official… mistrust of government is at its highest level ever. First there was Fast & Furious, then there was Benghazi, then there was IRS targeting, then there was NSA spying, and now there is “if you like it, you can keep it,” the new anthem of a government that most Americans now feel cannot be trusted.
Recent surveys reveal that the average American’s faith in government has been rattled to its core. Most of us no longer believe that Washington has the willingness or the desire to do the right thing. Terms like loss of faith, skepticism, uncertainty, and even anger have been cropping up in “Washington Pulse” Polls across the country. Some reference the recent government debt conflicts, others highlight reckless spending, others allude to obsessive surveillance, and still others cite a government that has simply gotten too big and is trying to do too much.
While Watergate ushered in the original era of federal cynicism ... the hidden microphones, secret wire taps and muddled audio tapes have nothing on the massive database sorts and key word searches at the finger-tips of the NSA. Today’s communication intercepts, reconnaissance targeting, and real-time mobile scanning make Watergate look like “Belt Way” child’s play. ...