Poll: Americans have little faith in government

Big Eagle 1Poll: Americans have little faith in government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds. SOURCE

Hello, my name is Fred and I’m a politics and news junkie.

Hi Fred.

Once upon a time I was an optimistic youngster, I believed in what we were doing as a nation, I had a lot of confidence in our system and I trusted the President of the United States to do what was right for America. I was desperately naïve.

Today I am one of those Americans that has a profoundly negative view of the government, I have little, if any confidence that the government can, as it currently exists, can do anything other than make matters worse for us, We, The People/Taxpayers.

I have watched as 2013 turned into a very profitable year for those in the markets, the best year since 1997, showering investors with an almost 30% gain.

I have also watched, and listened closely, as analysts predicted that this rise in the markets was nothing more than a *forced* rise, a financial bubble if you will, one that was driven by those that wanted to make Barack Hussein Obama look good on at least one level, and that this *bubble* was destined to burst, taking Americans and their money to levels even lower than those seen in the market *bust* of 2008.

After a long conversation with a trusted friend that is a financial advisor and the *registered principal* of the local office of a well-known and trusted financial services company my fears of *the bubble* were put to rest. My friend allows, through information from HIS advisors, that yes, there may well be a market correction of 10% or so but these gains in the market are indeed real and were not driven by politics.

Half say America’s system of democracy needs either “a lot of changes” or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes.

This nation was not created to be a democracy, it was created as a republic.

The key difference between a democracy and a republic lies in the limits placed on government by the law, which has implications on minority rights. Both forms of government tend to use a representational system where citizens vote to elect politicians to represent their interests and form the government. However, in a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters. In a “pure” democracy, the majority is not restrained and can impose its will on the minority. SOURCE 

I happened to inadvertently address the perils of a democracy in a recent post with this entry.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.” ~ Alexander Fraser Tytler

So, yes, I have to agree with those that believe there are some serious changes needed in the government of this nation; we need to abandon this thing called *democracy* and embrace the republic that America was intended to be.

When asked what type of government the American people were going to participate in Benjamin Franklin warned that our new government was going to be “A republic, if you can keep it.”

We are not a republic and haven’t been for a very long time, but if there is a change that must take place let it be a return to the government our founders intended.

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6 Responses to Poll: Americans have little faith in government

  1. J. D. Longstreet says:

    Amen, Fred. I, too, support the Republic our Forefathers gave us. I’d like to see it reestablished!


  2. cary says:

    A Republic would be a wonderful system to run this country. Good idea.

  3. LD Jackson says:

    I am of the opinion that America has moved so far away from its foundations as a Republic that it is almost unrecognizable. Our only salvation is to move back to those foundations. If we do not, America the Beautiful will cease to exist.

  4. Wayne says:

    A republic indeed. I would love to see an invisible hand come out of nowhere and slap the shit out of the many talking heads that disparage the Tea Party or Conservatism when they whine about messing with OUR DEMOCRACY. Tingles comes to mind immediately, but he’s not the only one guilty of this. I see the pendulum starting to swing toward the right and I hope and pray it gets there before the 2014 elections.

  5. dekare says:

    Sadly, I do not feel we will EVER go back to being a republic. Our American system of government is now like a an operating system on a computer that is so full of spyware, malware, spam, and bloated and wasteful programs that do nothing but take up valuable hardware space and resources, that the only viable fix is a complete reboot.

  6. Hgpsurf says:

    No one calls the USA a republic anymore. It is almost always called a democracy and we will not be a republic again until Americans learn the difference between the two terms. I’d be willing to bet that a small percentage of the population knows the difference.

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