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  •  Ah, you've hit the heart of the matter (1+ / 0-)
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    In some sense of course, "we" are the government.  And in this case, we've elected Democrats to run the government.  

    Which means that not only are we talking about trust in  the state and its functions, but also trust in the party that runs it.

    Which is why, again, I take no comfort in your poll.

    •  i look at it (0+ / 0-)

      the other way around. i assume most republicans think of government both as the politicians and as those hated "government bureaucrats." i assume most democrats have no problem with gsa employees. that means we're skeptical of elected officials. and i think that's good.

      republicans won't ever trust democratic officials, but they're increasingly irrelevant. democrats are consistent in our skepticism. we vote for democrats, but we're wary of all politicians. unless that wariness spikes, it shouldn't hurt us, electorally.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 10:15:06 AM PDT

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      •  Not sure if you're still following this thread (0+ / 0-)

        But here's my concern --

        A generally cynical take on elected officials (as in we expect them to do the wrong thing and so we will interpret reported information as negative until proven otherwise) is to my mind not conducive to an effective democracy.

        This is especially so when the elected officials are Democrats, and are pressing for a more expansive role for government.

        Look I get why folks are cynical and I'm not suggesting they aren't entitled to some of that given the history.

        But I view it as something we should be working actively to change, not reinforce.  It isn't just about depressing turnout for particular elections either.  It's much more about creating space for the kind of policy we want.

        Anyway, my two cents response to your thought-provoking diary.  

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