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Chris Cillizza Finds Decline In Americans' Trust In Government 'Depressing'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/07/2013 6:49:10 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Conservatives might take heart from a recent poll showing a decline in Americans' trust in government. But Chris Cillizza sees it as a "depressing reality."

So wrote Cillizza in his "Fix" column in today's Washington Post. Let's consider what Thomas Jefferson's had to say about the need for a healthy distrust of government, and speculate as to why Cillizza is bummed out by the polling news.

More here.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: chriscillizza; government; thomasjefferson; washingtonpost

1 posted on 02/07/2013 6:49:14 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Love Newsbusters!


2 posted on 02/07/2013 6:50:28 AM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I find Chris Cillizza depressing...


3 posted on 02/07/2013 6:51:18 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

As MSMers go, I find Cillizza among the fairer ones. But why is he depressed by a decline in Americans’ trust in government? Ping to Today show list.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 6:51:42 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It has to do with the assumptions that go along with being a Humanist.

Those who get elected, according to the humanist worldview, are the “best and brightest” and have the best benevolent intentions in mind for the country, and therefore need to be given as much power as possible to implement their superior vision for the country.

To lack “trust” or, more accurately, “faith”, in government and the people in it is a direct attack on their religion and worldview.


5 posted on 02/07/2013 6:55:52 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The only time a government is trusted, is when it does what a person wants it to.


6 posted on 02/07/2013 6:59:02 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: MrB

“To lack “trust” or, more accurately, “faith”, in government and the people in it is a direct attack on their religion and worldview.”

Excellent point.

And even though Americans don’t trust the government, they keep voting for the same people.


7 posted on 02/07/2013 7:02:17 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Our trust in it is plummeting, yet we keep asking it to do more and more. That indeed is depressing.


8 posted on 02/07/2013 7:07:26 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

How in the hell can you trust a government that has proven inself to be as corrupt as this one. Ignoring the constitution is only one of the instances. How many times do we have to be lied to before they deserve to be thrown out or better yet prosecuted.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 7:09:42 AM PST by JayAr36 (In a compromise between good and evil, evil ALWAYS BENEFITS.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Our nation was founded with a distrust in government. The founders and early figures have a litany of quotes why. This is why America succeeded until today. We have to re-teach America why government is not the solution to any problem.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 7:14:40 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: JayAr36

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. (Back then!)

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.

And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His Father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva, in the brain of Jupiter.

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

In a government bottomed on the will of all, the...liberty of every individual citizen becomes interesting to all.

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

It is better to tolerate that rare instance of a parent’s refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings by a forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of his father.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

The man who reads nothing at all is better than educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.


11 posted on 02/07/2013 7:15:53 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You lie to the government, you go to prison.

Government lies to the people and that’s politics.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 7:17:09 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why should I trust a government that doesn’t trust it’s citizens.

** SPIT **


13 posted on 02/07/2013 7:17:44 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Hmmm...note the administrations in which trust bottoms out.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 7:23:32 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: unixfox

http://www.lneilsmith.org/whyguns.html

“Why did it have to be guns”...

The litmus test for a “trustworthy” politician.


15 posted on 02/07/2013 7:25:32 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Anyone with a negative view of the government is in touch with reality. People who think we should revere the government are just plain stupid, and are the problem.


16 posted on 02/07/2013 7:28:29 AM PST by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: MrB

Government is the Humanists’ God.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 7:30:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ZirconEncrustedTweezers finds decline in American government’s trustworthiness depressing...


18 posted on 02/07/2013 7:41:31 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: dfwgator

Exactly, and in the eyes of a liberal anyone who distrusts government is commiting an act of blasphemy.


19 posted on 02/07/2013 7:43:04 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“That’s a shame” Jerry Seinfeld.


20 posted on 02/07/2013 7:47:46 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: unixfox

Bingo.
We don’t trust them because they don’t trust us.
Every encroachment or violation of our constitutional rights is just more proof that they don’t trust American citizens.

These media morons have it bassackwards.


21 posted on 02/07/2013 7:51:20 AM PST by Texas resident (I'm not a lawyer, but I play one on FR)
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To: dfwgator

That’s the end result of nihilism, naturalism, and humanism.

The only transcendent “being” is the State.
So it takes precedence over the sovereignty of the individual.

(The Christian worldview is the opposite, no surprise - the human person is perpetual, and the State and the World are destined for destruction.)


22 posted on 02/07/2013 7:52:15 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Decline In Americans' Trust In Government 'Depressing'

Loving one's country is patriotic, trusting one's government is just plain stupid.

Why would someone expect the people to trust government when the government does not trust government. Why does the Constitution create three branches of government? Why does the government create "checks and balances"? Do you really think they trust?

23 posted on 02/07/2013 8:53:14 AM PST by MosesKnows
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I don’t trust that guy.


24 posted on 02/07/2013 9:33:13 AM PST by DManA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey Chris,

They didn’t poll me, but I thought I’d add my input:

Congress is slime.

The president is excrement.

The MSM are maggots.

Whew, now that that’s off my mind, I’ll waltz over to the Obamatorium and take a giant, bodacious Obama.


25 posted on 02/07/2013 10:26:51 AM PST by Da Coyote
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