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Exclusive: 80% Of Americans Don’t Trust The Government



80% Of Americans Don’t Trust The Government

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According to a new Pew Research Center report, trust in government is even lower than Joe Biden’s approval rating at a dismal 20%. 

An astonishing number, to be sure. To put it into concrete terms: if you approached 10 random Americans, just two of them would tell you they trust the government. 

Obviously, that kind of situation is more or less a petri dish for all kinds of problems. 

But it’s also not straightforward – Pew’s report also show a huge number of Americans don’t believe the government does enough.

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Where To Start?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane back to 1964, when Pew points out that 77% of Americans trusted the government.

Granted, America was less innocent than it had been just a few years earlier. We had just experienced the assassination of a hugely popular president. We thought that only happened in far away banana republics. Then it happened here.

But there may be other issues at play.

In 1964, there were three television networks and a handful of influential newspapers. It was easy to make Americans think only good things about their government and the people running it. There were only a relative handful of people you could even hear from about what was happening in our country and the world.

Not anymore.

With the advent of the Internet and loads of other media alternatives either giving different viewpoints or reporting what the big three left out altogether, Americans have discovered over the years that their government is not all sugar and spice.

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A Few Study Numbers

However, the Pew report also highlights some conflicting results.

According to the report, “Americans’ unhappiness with government has long coexisted with their continued support for government having a substantial role in many realms.

There is a significant portion of Americans who say that government doesn’t do enough, as opposed to trying to do too much.


The Pew study found that, not surprisingly, Republicans are not as big of fans of government as Democrats. The question to respondents of the survey, “should government play a major role” in 12 different areas.

Of those 12, “helping people out of poverty” was last at 52%. Maybe even some Democrats are thinking that some people should just get a job. The highest area for government involvement for respondents, “preventing terrorism” stands at 90%. Can we assume that translates into Americans wanting the southern border closed? 

There were differences along racial and ethnic lines as well. Black, Hispanic, and Asian respondents said, “government should do more to solve problems,” while whites said, “the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” 

But here is where things got interesting. Americans’ views of politicians is well, rather “swampy.” Two-thirds of those surveyed, in both parties, said they believed that people run for office “do so to serve their own personal interests.”

Could that be because they see the people they send to Washington are not well-to-do when they leave, but are very well off when they return? Maxine Waters lives in a $6 million mansion. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that obedient socialist, drives a Tesla.

How does one accomplish such a feat of fiscal responsibility on a $174,000 a year salary? Too bad they are not that “responsible” with our money.

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What Is Government Doing Exactly?

Teresa W. Gerton is president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, a nonpartisan think tank. She made an interesting and valid statement, “Trust in government is higher not only when government works better, but also when people have a better understanding of what government is doing.”

Good question Teresa, exactly what the hell is the government doing? American would love to know, but more often than not we don’t know. 


Former President Donald Trump campaigned on “draining the swamp.” Most Americans knew exactly what he meant: ridding Washington D.C. of career, do-nothing fat-cat politicians whose only worry was getting reelected.

Here’s a thought, maybe they should! Trump may not have drained that swamp completely, but he made it shallow enough that we could all see what was floating beneath the surface.

The mother of all double standards when it comes to not prosecuting people like Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden, yet people like Steve Bannon or Peter Navarro get indicted with seemingly no trouble at all.

And everyone’s current favorite, the House Select Committee on Jan. 6. This collection of swamp things has a predetermined outcome at the ready, all they needed was mainstream media networks to offer them up a little air time because, as Committee Chair Bennie Thompson said, “The public needs to know what to think.”

Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, which studies federal and government employees (what?), said, “Leaders in government have a responsibility to demonstrate that they’re there on behalf of and serving the public.”

Word to the wise…don’t hold your breath.

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Exclusive: In praise of the great outdoors, wherever that may be for you –




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I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sometimes I think the only thing keeping me alive in the face of an ongoing pandemic, intensifying climate crisis, and many, many more issues worsening with a swiftness is the outdoors. I’m not saying I’m holding onto this mortal coil for dear life, but instead that I see meaning in the life I’m living thanks to my surroundings. I can think of so many moments when clearing my head meant a walk to the river, a run on the Lafitte Greenway, or getting away even farther and exploring more of the place I love and call home. Once I’ve hit the road and I’m walking through the swamps of the Barataria Preserve, it’s like the chaos of the world cannot reach me. Mosquitos can, which isn’t great since they inexplicably love me, but my worries are just as small as they are when I’m out in nature. Quite literally taking a hike is the only way I can imagine celebrating this 4th of July.

Exploring nature is something I’ve only recently come around to in my adult life, and that may be because often the folks we assume are hitting the trails are their own stereotype. Typically, the most visible people heading outdoors are white, cis, able-bodied, and have enough money to afford the luxury of time and equipment for all sorts of terrain. But a whole host of grassroots and more formal organizations are making it possible for people from a diversity of backgrounds to feel more comfortable when they head out into nature. Field Magazine has a great resource for BIPOC groups blazing a trial—I’m personally obsessed with Latino Outdoors. The publication also offers great resources for LGBTQ+ hikers. And disability advocates can take comfort in the amazing work Disabled Hikers is doing, though certainly more can be done so that all are welcome to this space.

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Exclusive: Gunman at Large After Killing Six at July 4th Parade –




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“At least six people were dead, 31 were hospitalized and a gunman was at large Monday afternoon after shooting Fourth of July paradegoers from a roof in this Chicago suburb,” the Washington Post reports.

“Video from the scene appeared to show blood pooled on the sidewalk and police talking to people in downtown Highland Park. Others showed the chaos while loud bangs could be heard on the downtown street where chairs, toys and blankets were strewn.”

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Exclusive: Biden Wants To Scrap Filibuster To Codify Abortion Into Law – Manchin And Sinema Refuse To Budge –




Biden Wants To Scrap Filibuster To Codify Abortion Into Law – Manchin And Sinema Refuse To Budge

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President Biden on Thursday called on the Senate to carve out an ‘exception’ to the filibuster as a means to codify abortion rights into law following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” Biden told reporters at a NATO summit in Spain.

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” he added.

One reporter openly wondered if Biden, whose popularity is at record lows and who has struggled to coalesce his party around any significant policy achievements, is the best messenger.

“Yeah, I am,” he snapped back. “I’m the president of the United States of America. That makes me the best messenger.”

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Biden Wants to End Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights

It’s no mystery as to why President Biden is seeking a filibuster ‘carveout’ to force abortion legislation into law.

The filibuster is designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill. Ending debate requires the agreement of three-fifths (60) of Senators, or in today’s Congressional makeup – 10 Republicans would have to join the majority party.

Eliminate the filibuster, and suddenly a bill to codify abortion rights into law requires 50 votes in a Senate divided 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving the tie-breaking vote to the Democrats.

Fortunately, however, it turns out Biden isn’t the best messenger to eliminate the filibuster, with the idea already having been nixed.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) have, as they have consistently, vowed to protect the filibuster. And Biden’s comments haven’t swayed them one bit.

The Daily Mail reports that the pair’s offices reached out to them and Manchin’s said “the West Virginia Democrat’s position had not changed in light of the president’s new comments,” while Sinema’s referred them to a previous statement, a statement which reveals the filibuster has actually been used in the past to protect pro-choice legislation.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” Sinema said.

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It’s Not Really an Exception

It’s important to note that when President Biden, Democrats, and the media use phrases like ‘carveout’ and ‘exception,’ they’re trying to create the illusion that this is the only time they’ll consider scrapping the filibuster.

In fact, it seems quite clear they’ll use it for nearly every platform they’d like to get passed in the Senate and squash the ability of the minority to stand in their way.


In January, the same man talking about an ‘exception’ to codify Roe v. Wade into law delivered an angry speech calling on the Senate to change the filibuster in an effort to get Democrat voting reform legislation rammed through Congress with a simple majority.

He was so adamant about nixing the filibuster that he said anybody refusing to support voting reform was equivalent to being a segregationist or Confederate.

If Manchin and Sinema were to cave on this ‘carveout,’ do you think Democrats would revisit the voting reform bill?

And while those two Democrats have remained opposed to scrapping the filibuster, it’s important to remember that an ‘exception’ was made back in December after 14 Republicans joined in offering a one-time exception to suspend the filibuster, allowing Democrats exclusively to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.

That move led Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to refer to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as “Biden’s bitch.”

Biden’s support for eliminating the filibuster is part of his new evolution since becoming President and being yanked to the extreme left by a party that is currently dominated by radicals.

In 2005, Biden called the nuclear option to weaken the filibuster an “arrogance of power,” and said eliminating it “would undermine the protections of a minority point of view” and have “long-term consequences.”

In 2019, President Biden called ending the filibuster a “very dangerous thing to do.”


Now suddenly, ‘Danger’ is his middle name, as Biden throws caution to the wind and demands the filibuster be eliminated for policies and platforms he personally supports.

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