Distrust in Government – An Idea Whose Time Has Come


Richard Moore

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Small Government News
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The official publication of the Center For Small Government

Publisher: Carla Howell           Editor: Michael Cloud

In This Issue
Distrust In Government ­ An Idea Whose Time Has Come
by Michael Cloud
END the Income Tax Ballot Initiative for 2008
Ron Paul Is Disturbing the Peace
3 Best-Selling Authors & 2 Respected Psychologists Want You

Distrust in Government ­ An Idea Whose Time Has Come
by Michael Cloud
Americans distrust government.

Increasing numbers of Americans believe that government is untrustworthy. That 
government cannot or will not do the right thing. That government is unreliable.

Gallup Polling (June, 2007) found that 46% of us distrust the presidency. Not 
just our current president. The presidency. How many strongly trust the 
presidency? Only 25%.

39% of us distrust Congress. How many strongly trust Congress? Only 14%.

Depending on the phrasing of questions asked by polling organizations, the level
of distrust of government varies. But in almost all of the polls distrust of 
government is rising. A lot.

Michael Hodges' ³The Grandfather Economic Report² summarizes years of polling: 
³63% of citizens do not trust government, a massive change in 3 decades, 
indicating declining legitimacy.²

Add Approval Ratings to the brew.

President. Poll averaging shows that 31.3% of Americans approve of the job the 
President is doing. 64.8% disapprove.

Congress. 32.4% approve of the job that Congress is doing. 61.2% disapprove.

Large and increasing numbers distrust government ­ and disapprove of the job 
it's doing.

The Big Government Reformers' Response

Faced with these facts, the Big Government Reformers try to slant and 
re-interpret the situation.

³Why have Americans lost faith in government? What happened to our confidence in
our public institutions? What's eroded our trust in government?² they ask.

Then, after rounding up the usual suspects, after admitting that ³some mistakes 
were made² ­ without naming them, and without saying exactly who made them - the
Reformers say, ³while there's plenty of blame to go around, we want to offer 
solutions, not just point fingers.²

What questions do they ask in pursuit of solutions?
³How can we restore faith in government?²
³What can we do to rebuild trust in government?²

³What might restore the people's confidence in our public institutions?²

³How can we improve the American people's attitude toward government?²

Reformers Are Asking the Wrong Questions

³If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about 
the answers,² wrote Thomas Pynchon.

The Big Government Reformers are asking the wrong questions ­ and proposing the 
wrong remedies.

The problem is not the mere absence of trust, the mere loss of faith, the mere 
waning of confidence.

Dishonesty is not simply the absence of honesty. It is the polar opposite of 

Disapproval is not the mere loss of approval. It is a negative judgment.

Distrust is not a blank slate. It is a guilty verdict against.

Distrust is active rejection. Positive opposition. A moral antonym. A guilty 

The Reformers' Remedy Questions are even worse.
What's the core concept of each remedy question?
³How can we make people more trusting of government?²
³How can we make people believe in government again?²
³How can we make people feel more confidence in government?²
³What do we need to do to instill greater faith in government?²

Wrong questions. What are some of the right questions?
Questions of Trust
Is government trustworthy?
Can government be relied upon to do what it promises?
Can government do the job it says it will?
If government can do the job, will it?

If government cannot or does not deliver on its promises, why do Reformers want 
you to have more faith, confidence, or trust in government?

Even granting the reformers' own Big Government viewpoint: Why are they trying 
to solve the * problem * of us trusting government ­ instead of trying to make 
government dependable or trustworthy?

The Big Government Reformers have forgotten a vital truth:
Trust is earned. So is distrust.

It takes years of honest and reliable behavior to earn a person's trust ­ and 
only moments to lose it. Trust is hard to earn and hard to keep.

It takes just days or weeks of dishonest and undependable behavior to earn a 
person's distrust. It's easy to earn and very hard to lose.

Today's Big Government earned our distrust. And it's earning the distrust of 
millions more each month.

Distrust In Government: a Great Opportunity

Distrust in government ­ is great news. Not just for champions of small 
government. It's great news for America. For every decent, productive American.

As advocates of liberty and small government, we realize that Big Government 
cannot and should not be trusted.

³Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,² wrote Thomas Jefferson.

Vigilance toward what? Government. He was imploring us to keep a suspicious and 
untrusting stance toward government.

Thomas Jefferson was urging us to actively distrust government.
More and more Americans are joining him.

Americans who believe that government is untrustworthy are less likely to 
support or vote for politicians who propose creating or expanding government 

Americans who distrust today's Big Government are ready and ripe for the 
movement for small government.

Americans who distrust government are often receptive and responsive to the idea
that making government small means there is much less for them to worry about. 
Less for them to be wary of.

Less government for them to be taxed for. Less for them to be folded, spindled, 
and mutilated by.

Distrust in government is a fertile field for small government.

Distrust in government is a huge opportunity for you and I to recruit, educate, 
and activate new champions of small government.

Distrust in government is an idea whose time has come.
Polling on Trust in Government:
Approval Ratings ­ the President
Approval Ratings ­ Congress:

END the Income Tax Ballot Initiative for 2008

In 2002, our Ballot Initiative to END the Income Tax in Massachusetts blindsided
and shocked the political establishment.

The polling showed that we would get 25% to 33% of the vote.
On Election Day, we got 45% of the vote. 885,693 votes.

Dozens of newspapers around the country, around the world reported our stunning 
results. Newspapers in California, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, and 
Florida. Australia, New Zealand, France, and more.

These newspapers did not take us seriously before the vote. But when they saw 
our results ­ when it was too late for their publicity to do us any good ­ they 
sang our praises.

The Massachusetts Constitution banned us from putting an END the Income Tax 
Initiative on the ballot in 2004 and 2006.

They require a 6-year waiting period before allowing us to collect 100,000 raw 
signatures ­ and putting it back on the ballot.

We can put our END the Income Tax Initiative on the ballot for 2008.

With your involvement, with your help, we might be able to repeal the 
Massachusetts Income Tax.

With your involvement, we could be the first state to repeal an income tax.

This time, the newspapers know we've got the right stuff.
This time, you know we've got the right stuff.

And we know you have the right stuff to launch this step toward making 
government small.

Next issue, we'll give you a sneak preview.

Ron Paul Is Disturbing the Peace

Ron Paul's campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination is disturbing the

He upset the Mainstream News Media and the Cable Pundits by raising real issues 
at the Republican Presidential Debates.

Ron Paul and his small government views are in high demand on the Internet. At 
blogs, websites, on YouTube.

He's also getting a ³bump² from left-leaning media sources such as ABC newsman 
George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC, Bill Maher, The Daily Show, and the Colbert 

His web site features his small government response to the question, ³You have 
publicly stated that you are in favor of abolishing the income tax. What methods
do you see as appropriate for revenue to run the federal government?²

Ron Paul replied, ³I¹m not looking for a substitute. I want to get rid of the 
IRS. I want to get rid of the income tax. I want to reduce the size and scope of
government to the point where we don¹t need the income taxŠSince we¹ve had the 
income tax government has grown by leaps and bounds and it has allowed the 
government it to get involved in things it shouldn¹t be involved (in): policing 
our personal habits, policing the economy, and policing the world. If you don¹t 
want the government doing those things, we don¹t need an income tax.²

Do you know anyone who wants to do something to end the Iraqi War? Who calls 
himself or herself a fiscal conservative? An Internet expert?

Ron Paul's candidacy presents a rare opportunity to show them a small government
politician who's getting some serious airplay.

Please give small government a boost and tune them into the Ron Paul campaign.

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