Lacking a consensus on the foundations of our society’s values (see yesterday’s post), it’s farcical that our currency continues to say “In God We Trust.” But that leaves an interesting question: in what DO American’s trust?
Apparently, not their government:
Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.
The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress. By contrast, half have a great deal of confidence in the military.
Thus continues a trend that has been going for some time — less confidence in the Constitutional branches of government, but a high level of “support for the troops.”
I’ve long felt this is a dangerous development for what’s left of a once-strong Republic. Think I’m exaggerating?
In the unlikely event that Lindsey Graham becomes the 45th President of the United States, you can forget about pesky laws like the Posse Comitatus Act. In Graham’s America, the work of the people will be done even if that work has to be compelled at gunpoint.
According to a report via Mediaite, Sen. Graham recently insisted that he is so opposed to the mandatory cuts to the military’s budget contained within Sequester that he would order the American armed forces to make Congress reverse them. “Literally.”
Graham has a habit of supporting der Staat uber alles, so it’s easy to dismiss this as another one of his power-mad fantasies. What’s not easy to dismiss is the fact he believes this rhetoric appeals to a slice of the electorate that would consider voting for him for President. And on that score, I suspect he’s more right than many of us would like to admit.
The more apparent it becomes that the ship of state is deeply underwater, the more likely it is people will start to look for a Man on a White Horse to save them. Only history shows they most likely won’t turn to the correct one.