is no news to most Net surfers, let alone to Americans in general,
that "something is rotten" in the state of the union.
If one can get past the recent litany of atrocities perpetrated
and defended by the government (the Iranian crises, Waco, Ruby Ridge,
Gulf War Illness, the Iraqi crisis, and countless allegations of
wrong doing, etc.), one can see that this type of activity is merely
part of a long, unchanging pattern.
are some of the more outrageous examples:
of Japan's plan to bomb Pearl Harbor but did nothing so that he
could stampede America into World War II.
of FDRs top aides wrote that the Roosevelt Administration
intentionally designed New Deal programs to violate the Constitution.
CIA has conducted mind-control experiments on children for at least
U.S. Public Health Service ran a 50-year study of syphilis involving
black males students at Tuskegee University without their knowledge.
April 1997, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that more than
840 of its employees had been involved in "wide-spread electronic
snooping on taxpayers." Twenty-three were fired and another
349 disciplined for the illegal activity.
like these hit at the heart of the American people's trust. An April
1995 Gallup Poll found that 39 percent of Americans think the federal
government "poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms
of ordinary Americans."
a U.S. News and World Report survey, 58 percent of the respondents
said that the people who run the country are "not very much
or not at all" like themselves.
1954, a University of Michigan National Elections Study asked, "In
a time of need, do you believe that the U.S. Government will do
the right thing for you? Of the people polled, 73 percent
thought that the government will do the right thing "most of
the time": by 94, that number dropped to 8.73 percent.
In 54, 22 percent said the government will "always"
do the right thing: forty years later that number had decreased
to less than 2 percent.
1988, the New York Times got involved with the survey. Two years
later, CNN did also. The poll, which has taken place every other
year since 54, has worsened almost consistently. What
do YOU think?
Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University Survey
Project confirmed this dismal verdict with its own poll in 1996:
71 percent of the 1,514 random-sample adults polled gave the same
response as those in the NES study.
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