QOTD: Broken American Politics

Says Bob Samuelson:

At the end of the Eisenhower administration in the late 1950s, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they trusted the government to “do what is right” all or most of the time. Now that’s only 26 percent, finds a Pew survey done in January.

… Something more pervasive has occurred. Our political system has changed. Rather than admit this, many Americans blame the actors. In the Pew poll, 56 percent of respondents agreed with this statement: “The political system can work fine, it’s the members [of Congress] that are the problem.”

On the contrary, it’s not the people; it is the system.

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