A majority of Americans say the U.S. government is corrupt and almost a third say it may soon be necessary to take up arms against it, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
Two-thirds of Republicans and independents say the government is “corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me,” according to the poll, compared to 51 percent of liberal voters.
Twenty-eight percent of all voters, including 37 percent of gun owners, agreed “it may be necessary at some point soon for citizens to take up arms against the government,” a view held by around 35 percent of Republicans and around 35 percent of Independents. One in five Democrats concurred. …
About 56 percent of Americans say elections are fair and accurate, but that number falls to 33 percent among Republicans. …
The division between conservatives and liberals across the country is only growing, the poll shows, and a quarter of Americans say they have lost friends over politics.
Half of all Americans believe the other side is misinformed about politics because of where they get their information and news, the poll found.
Joanne and I make a point of regularly watching the state broadcaster (the Australian ABC) and corporate media, to get the left’s point of view. But we also read the non-corporate internet sites, especially but not exclusively on the right, to find out what the left’s media leaves out. And people send us stuff. So we feel well informed by both sides. Balanced, an imperfect quest for truth, but at least we’re trying.
From which, the biggest lesson from the last 25 years is just that if you only watch state/corporate media, you simply have no idea — you’ve have been routinely lied to. You would be very ignorant about the world around you, and dangerously so.
It’s understandable for members of the party that is out of power to have a more sour view of the government, but that’s not really what we’re seeing here….
As long as the basic essentials of life are still available to the citizens, everything is on the table for debate. …
But what about when those basic essentials are no longer available? What happens when there is no food available on the shelves in the stores? What if the power goes out and it can’t be restored? What if there is so much violent crime in the streets that people no longer feel safe to go outside?
We already know the answer to those questions. … For Pete’s sake, look at what just happened in Sri Lanka. The people there basically overthrew the government, sent the President and the Prime Minister fleeing into exile, and burned down the presidential palace.
While I understand that Tucker Carlson can be a controversial figure at times, he’s been sounding warnings about this precise situation for months now. There is a limit to how much people will be willing or able to tolerate. As long as they have faith that the underlying system is at least being fair to them, they will put up with quite a bit. But when the nation loses that faith and broadly begins to believe that they are laboring under a corrupt system that is rigged against them and their fundamental needs are not being met, the entire system can collapse in a dramatic fashion very quickly as we’re already seeing in other nations.