Wise Policy

Americans continue to see government as the top threat to their lives. Since it is, that's a good way to see things.
Agencies, too, can be used as partisan weapons, as we saw under the Obama administration when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was wielded as a bludgeon against conservative organizations with little consequence. Of course, the IRS has a long history of such abuse. "My father," Elliott Roosevelt said of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "may have been the originator of the concept of employing the IRS as a weapon of political retribution." Now that abuse has spread to other areas of government.

But there are consequences to weaponizing law and government. "Now everyone, no matter what their political leanings, will wonder if they too are a political target by an out-of-control agency protected by the Justice Department," Investors Business Daily warned in 2015.

Just three years later, Americans support or vilify a growing number of government agencies depending on their partisan affiliations. Laws have become weapons, and agencies are seen as allies or enemies. That has serious consequences for public perception of the overall government within which those agencies operate. Just 18 percent of Americans "say they trust the federal government to do what is right just about always or most of the time," Pew polling found this year.

1 comment:

Ymarsakar said...

Shrugs. When I mentioned the State Department antics, some Americans just shrugged it off.

That's how people get the gov they deserve rather than what they wish for.

The State does not care to make people independent and free, and neither do the slaves want to do the work necessary for this freedom. In this respect, this has now become a co-dependent relationship.