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Americans Now Hate Government So Much They Ranked it Last—On a Poll of Companies

It appears that Americans now have such a severe antipathy for the U.S. Government that they have placed it last on a ranking of best and worst companies. Harris Poll has been ranking U.S. Companies for two decades, and this is the first time the federal government has appeared on that list—presumably due to the level of disgust Americans currently feel.

While it’s safe to say that Trump plays a large part in the government’s debut at the bottom of the list, that’s certainly not the whole story. Democrats ranked it #98 in the poll, Republicans only ranked it at #95, clearly indicating Americans have achieved bipartisanship on at least one thing: contempt for government.

Democrats (and many Republicans) are disgusted by the president’s often un-presidential behavior. Republicans are repelled by Democrats attempting to make every issue into nothing short of a catastrophe. And independents are looking at both sides with the disapproving glare our parents gave us when we did something wrong.

Should we congratulate ourselves for moral superiority when we identify the repugnant behavior of those we voted to represent us? Um, no; did you see that last part? We voted them in. Us. We the People. So, guess what? We should be looking at ourselves even more than we’re looking at them.

Your initial reaction is probably to reject that idea out of hand. Americans nowadays don’t want to accept blame for anything. But a cursory glance at the state of social media should convince you otherwise. Facebook is a ringing chorus of echo chambers, and Twitter, well—what is worse than a cesspit? That’s Twitter.

Yes, my fellow Americans, we are to blame for the state our government is in. We have been too busy to hold them accountable in recent decades which has resulted in continued degradation. Now, because it has gotten as bad as it has, we elected a flame-throwing reality TV star (who only won because the other choice was—incredibly—less desirable than that). And elected Democrats and the media are rising to the challenge of matching Trump’s petulant behavior and raising him with endless shrill accusations.

We put these people in office and, in most cases we keep re-electing them. We need to become better people who will not tolerate such antics—from either side. When we do, maybe we won’t feel such loathing for the government because we will have elected a higher quality of men and women to represent us.

Elected officials are a mirror of us. And, right now, we really don’t like what we see.

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