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?
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.