“If voters come to mistrust the most basic functions of government, the resulting cynicism can destroy the basic compact of citizenship.”
A great editorial by the NYT. It can be ok to question government, to debate policies and to disagree. However, what has plagued this country and both political parties is a continual erosion of the foundations and legitimacy of the institutions of government. When people no longer trust the presidency, congress, the courts, or our bureaucracies with doing their basic duties without total and complete cynicism, a serious fracture begins to arise in the basic tenets of a society.