Since the United States was founded on July 4, 1776 there has always been somewhat of a distrust or discomfort from the American people and its Government. Due to media portrayals of the Government the people perception continues to sway. In recent history, our current President Donald Trump has made headlines in just over a month in office. His executive orders most notable Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States has caused many Americans to be outraged. With tension at an all-time high in the United States with concerns of social issues, lack of jobs, immigration legislation and threats of terrorist attacks. Has caused many Americans to be concerned about the direction our county is heading towards. There is little faith that our elected officials can help “Make America Great Again”. Which can be perceived as a negative implication depending on what side of the fence your ancestors fall on.
Why Do Americans Distrust the Government?
The motto in America that has always stand strong is the ideal that we the people will stand together. However, as many Americans can attest to many of America’s moral principles and ideas have not been kept. This adding to the distrust to a Government that lacks transparency to its people and often tells them whatever they think the people want to hear. Thus, making it difficult for anyone to believe in a Government who can be charged with routinely lying to its people. Trust and confidence in government waxes and wanes as unpopular war or economic recession deflates the numbers. Simply said when there is a war going on that many people are against or when there are a lack of jobs subsequently causes the public to not trust the Government.
The public’s trust in the federal government continues to be at historically low level. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington D.C. Fewer than three-in-ten Americans have expressed trust in the federal government in every major national poll conducted since July 2007. The erosion of public trust in government began in the 1960’s.
Minorities & Government
There has been a distrust from minority groups in the U.S since slavery. In recent years, the distrust from minorities towards the Government has been increased by police shootings of unarmed black men and the unsafe water epidemic in Flint, Michigan which has still yet to be solved. The distrust doesn’t just stop with Blacks it also reaches many other racial groups. One of the most prominent issues in our nation to date is the immigration policy and the President’s plan to build a wall around the Mexican border. These issues all cause many minorities to have little to no faith in the U.S government.
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