Losing Trust and Confidence in the U.S. Government

 

by Mustang

Since 1958, we’ve had Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush the Younger, Obama, Trump, and Biden.  Thirteen presidents.  At no time since Kennedy have the American people indicated more than 49% confidence in any president — and that was Bill Clinton’s high mark in 2001.  Note also that Clinton was more favorable to Republicans than he was to Democrats.   

 

In 1958, around 75% of American voters indicated that they had confidence in the U.S. government — to do the right thing.  That percentage increased somewhat until midway through Kennedy’s first term, before his assassination, and then it began to drop.  The floor dropped as Lyndon Johnson stepped into the White House after Kennedy’s murder. 

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Johnson’s presidency was in a freefall almost from the start.  It was the Vietnam War, of course, but also perhaps his so-called War on Poverty — which was equally effective as his War in Vietnam. 

 

Only 29% of registered Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents say they trust the government.  Much worse, only 9% of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents trust the government.  This means 71% of Democrats and 91% of Republicans have no confidence in our government.  As for President Biden, his highest confidence level among Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents is 36% — tied with Trump and his Republican support at the end of 2019. 

 

Despite such low confidence percentages, Pew Research tells us that Republicans have more confidence in their party (and ideology) than Democrats.  We suppose this is because Democratic leadership has taken their party too far left for most registered Democrats.  But another interesting revelation is this: 37% of Asians trust their government “most of the time,” compared to 29% of Hispanics, 24% of blacks, and 16% of whites. 

 

We must wonder about the cause of such low confidence levels.  I suspect multiple reasons, such as concerns by all Americans about election integrity, the anti-Constitutional behavior of elected members of Congress, illegal campaign contributions, partisan government, and corrupt practices in law enforcement agencies.  Recently, the Department of Justice spent $40 million in a “fake investigation” that ran for three years while attempting to discredit a sitting president.  Things like this tend to irritate American voters of both parties.  No doubt everyone recalls when the IRS targeted “conservative” taxpayers for audit.  This was under the Obama administration, as you’ll recall.

 

An ancient philosopher once observed that a nation could survive defeat in war and social unrest at home — but a country cannot survive a significant loss of confidence in its national leadership.  Yet, if this is true, given what we know about the loss of faith of the American people in their government since 1958, how did any of these presidents since 1964 find their way into the oval office? 

 

God help us!

 

Mustang has blogs called  Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

 
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Friday Funnies – This Weeks News

 

Enough of the heavy news posts. Time to lighten up with some humor and a few laughs. Where to start?

Let’s start with Trudeau who just hit town. Things look like they are going great with Biden!

 

 

 

The forever handshake.

 

 

 

 

Lost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The latest financial wizard. They applaud as Billions go missing.

 

Fauci..he just won’t go away.

 

 

 

 

Our Press Secretary at her best.

 

 

Today is the day

 

 

Okay..

 

 

You say what?

How about we close out the post with the funniest guy in Congress.

Wishing you a great weekend…

Has the United States Lost Its Mind? Have We Entered the Twilight Zone?

Have we entered the twilight zone? Has the Nation lost its mind? Check out this short clip and you will become a believer as she points out the total nonsense and gaslighting that we have been subjected to. The great Titanic America has hit an iceberg, taking on water and sinking fast. Wake up America.

 

 

 

A tip of the old fedora to The Daley Gator

By golly I think she is right!

 

 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. 

Meloni Crushes Macron Amid Migrant Crisis

Giving our own nation away to the souther border invasion, this world is shattering before our very eyes, and the Press is only writing about Trump v. DeSantis. Meanwhile, Rome burns. Italy’s Meloni a voice in the wilderness.

It’s happening everywhere in Europe. In Spain, Soro’s open arms NGO has ships waiting in Spanish waters to pick up migrants coming from small fast boats arriving from Africa. They deliver them safely into a Spanish harbor. At the beginning Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish government president, used to roll a red carpet to welcome them while an army of journalists and cameras recorded the event to broadcast it in the news.

The usual virtue signaling of this bunch of hypocrites that are doing everything possible to destroy Europe in two generations. They follow diligently the globalist’s instructions. Historical nation States like Italy or Spain have to be deprived of their values, culture, heritage, history, language.

But Italy has a real champion. 

According to the U.K. Express:

A diplomatic row between France and Italy erupted last week when Rome forced Macron’s hand to accept a humanitarian rescue ship, the Ocean Viking with 234 migrants aboard, after Italy had refused it a port for weeks.

The presidents of Italy and France sought to tamp down tensions over migration Monday by asserting the need for “full cooperation” on a host of issues and the importance of strong bilateral relations after days of diplomatic barbs over the fate of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In response to Italy’s demand France accepted migrants from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, President Emmanuel Macron retaliated by suspending its participation in an EU solidarity pact to accept 3,000 relocated migrants this year from Italy and sent officers to reinforce its southern border crossings and prevent migrants from entering.

Apparently at least Meloni cares enough about her country to take on Macron.

No love lost. 

It began as a migrant issue. What is going on in Europe is that assorted European NGOs sail ships to pick up illegal migrants from distant places like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Eritrea, and sub-Saharan Africa, at sea, ensconced on human-smuggling racket ships departing from Libya and serving as a kind of cartel taxi service, bringing the illegal migrants into Italian ports, which are the closest to the Libyan coast. Italy takes in tens of thousand of these illegal migrants, which is proving profitable indeed for the human smugglers, but costly to Italy, which must pay for their welfare and upkeep, as well as tolerate the crime, the litter, the sexism, and the stone-age sanitation practices, sometimes even tent cities.

The European Union has nominally vowed to share the migrant “wealth” by distributing the unvetted illegal migrants throughout the Eurozone, but many countries don’t keep up their end of the bargain, leaving Italy holding the migrant bag.

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The lesson is that this is not just happening in the U.S. but in Europe as well.

Bonus: As for our neighbor? Here is theTrudeau agenda

The best of the swamp.

Pennsylvanians Celebrate the Election of Senator John Fetterman

 

People are being interviewed on the streets of Pennsylvania about John Fetterman winning. It is simply amazing. I’m Bunks in Pennsylvania and this is my world. Check out their responses.

 

Meet the Fockers.. I mean Fettermans.

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The happy couple should fit right in. In case anyone questions why people from Pennsylvania are moving to Florida. This is the best we have.

 

 

 

 

John Fetterman’s senior advisor is discussing the keys to success they used in the race and why he did so well

 

 

 

The best of the swamp in Pennsylvania. A lesson in ballot harvesting and following the playbook of Joe Biden. More than half the ballots were cast before Fetterman even came up out of the basement. His stroke occurred a few days before the primary. Voting started in September.

America Enjoy Your Chef Boyardee

It is hard to believe that America enjoys inflation, crime and high energy prices. The election should have been a blowout. No brand name Raisin Bran cereal for us. We just need to buy “the other brand.” See? You will get to like it. Here is breakfast.

Dinner is just a box away.

In Pennsylvania?

Fetterman cannot communicate without monitors and needs stenographers typing out questions in real time, but he is headed to the US Senate. It sums up the whole miserable situation. Another basement candidate where half the vote was already mailed in before Fetterman came up for air out of the basement.

How did he do it? The last week they stuck a large prompter up when he was out on the stump a couple of times so he could read out some prepared sentences. As for Trump? This is your baby. We had McCormick, a great candidate but Trump had to have this carpet bagger who squeaked out a win in the primary by a thousand or so votes. Cheers Donald. You probably gave control to the Senate to the Dems.

Gateway Pundit blames it on nefarious activity. Probably more truth than fiction to a point.

BLOOD MOON BLOODBATH… Democrats Steal Midterms, Communism Comes Home to America… Crime, Inflation, Record Gas Prices, War, Open Borders and Corruption WIN BIG

Yes, I think it sums it up.

P.S. There is always fresh roadkill.

Other than that not so great a day in the swamp.

The Big Fix: Hillary Attorney Says We Won’t Know the Election Results for Days UPDATE

 

We learn that Eric Holder’s aka Merritt Garland’s DOJ makes its move into State elections.

UPDATE: Florida denies DOJ to monitor election. Update at bottom of post.

UPDATE: Fetterman lost in the Pennsylvania state courts and is now asking for the federal courts to strike down the state provision. He has turned to the firm of controversial Clinton lawyer Marc Elias, who previously sought to overturn GOP election victories…

Just a reminder… there are no “national elections”. Elections are a State’s responsibility. DOJ Civil Rights Division has zero authority to monitor any election. It is completely unconstitutional for the Federal Government to get involved in States elections. The only power the Federal Government has is setting the day of elections, which still has not been challenged in Supreme Court as to why cities extend past one day!

Isn’t it weird how the Democrat DOJ only needs to be in Democrat strong holds, that are huge population centers that could swing an entire state election on their own.

“The Civil Rights Division will also take complaints from the public nation wide…..”  Here is how they cause the chaos and confusion.

Kristen Clarke, Assistant AG Civil Rights Div is a radical Marxist. Ethical questions & ideological extremism. She was accused of multiple instances of providing false testimony under oath during confirmation. Keep your eye out for her.

 

We have been hearing now from Biden and Hillary’s foot soldier. “We won’t know the election for days, some say weeks” is how it is presented. Here from Bunkerville November 4.

Biden Warns: ‘It Will Be Days Until We Know the Results of the Election’

Ah, when have we heard that before? Anyone want to bet the DOJ  Election Task Force will be at the ready? Now warning about Right Wingers disrupting the elections.

After all it’s who counts the votes.

“Why would results be on time anymore?”  “Late night ballot drops work too well.”

It takes time to coordinate a fleet of SUVs dumpling cases of Ballots in the early morning and kick out GOP Poll watchers.

And what do you know… like magic the DOJ is on the move.

Lehigh county in PA is where much of the litigation over dated ballots originated. Another bite of the apple to give it another try and hold up the outcome? Here in Pennsylvania-

According to the Berks Weekly

For the general election, the Civil Rights Division will monitor for compliance with the federal voting rights laws on Election Day and/or in early voting in 64 jurisdiction. In Pennsylvania, this includes Berks County, Centre County, Lehigh County, Luzerne County and Philadelphia County.

Monitors will include personnel from the Civil Rights Division and from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. In addition, the division also deploys monitors from the Office of Personnel Management, where authorized by federal court order. Division personnel will also maintain contact with state and local election officials.

The division’s Disability Rights Section enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that persons with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to vote. The division’s Criminal Section enforces federal criminal statutes that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion.

 

The list below we learn is not the complete list.

 

Biden says “Count all the ballots in a legal manner?” How were they counted in 2020?

Meanwhile,

Hillary’s attorney Marc Elias claims that Americans won’t know the results from swing states for a week. 

Marc Elias was involved in numerous states before the 2020 Election.

Marc Elias was involved in the court cases in Wisconsin arguing for drop boxes for ballots in that state in the 2020 election:

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Attorney Marc Elias Was Behind Not One, But Two Actions Messing In Georgia’s Election

He was behind a case in North Carolina.

Elias was involved in the Steele dossier as well, which was the garbage report created to slander candidate and then President Trump and tie him to Russia. Now Elias is telling us that we won’t know the results of the 2020 Election for a week.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

And if doesn’t work, we have another DOJ Division going after Missouri. No doubt others. 

The division’s Disability Rights Section enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that persons with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to vote. The division’s Criminal Section enforces federal criminal statutes that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion.

Comments from the Missouri Secretary of State:

Under Missouri law, the local election authority is empowered to decide who, other than voters and poll workers, may be at polling locations. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer has rightfully declined to allow this over-reach and the secretary of state’s office fully supports him.

If the DOJ desires to meet to discuss this matter further, they may meet at my office instead of trying to bully a hard working county official.

Enlarged letter below the tweet.

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As my regulars know, Pennsylvania is in for a long haul filled with corruption, but I won’t belabor it here again.

PA Election Malestrom – 240,000 Unverified Mail in Ballots Sent out; Law Suits Over Date Requirements

According to Chapman, over 1.2 million mail-in ballots have been requested across the state, and 43% – or 556,000, have been returned.

So does that mean that nearly 25% of mail-in ballots sent out and returned were unverified?

Keep in mind, the date issue on PA ballots has been adjudicated after the primary this Spring, 2022. Through the State courts, Federal courts, returned to the State Courts by the Federal Supremes and last week the PA Supreme Court ruled that outside envelops not dated must not be counted. That is Pennsylvania law.

It will be weeks if not months of litigation. All for Lurch.

Meet PA’s next Senator. John Fetterman,

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Just for old times sake for a refresher to finish the post. Circa 2020 at how corruption worked in Georgia.

The very best of the swamp. UPDATE:

The Pelosi Novella 

by Mustang

Political independent (leaning right) James Kunstler is curious about the incident billed in the mainstream media as a home invasion at the Pelosi residence.  He begins by wondering how anyone can have $300 million in the bank and not be able to afford a home security system.  It is a good question.  And then, over at The American Conservative, Rod Dreher ponders how you break INTO a house and leave shards of glass on the outside of French doors.  

If one breaks into a home, the shards of glass would be on the inside.  That’s another puzzle.  A third brain teaser is that according to our general understanding of events, the police report indicates that the door to the Pelosi home was opened to police by a third person.  Who was that?

Paul Pelosi: Who is spreading false claims about attack on Nancy Pelosi's  husband? - BBC News

Since these factors don’t add up, Kunstler calls it a ridiculous story.  We might begin with a glimpse of David DePape, who recently admitted to being homeless in San Francisco.  He formerly lived in a nudist commune across the bay from Pacific Heights with Miss Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, with whom he has had one child.  Gypsy has a prison record for, among other things, child abduction.  David and Gypsy parted company several years ago, so when David isn’t living in the country jail in pre-trial confinement, he lives “on the street.”

No one is quite sure how Homeless David managed to travel across the bay to the Pelosi residence at 2:00 a.m. (14 or so miles).  The televised press reports that David is a Republican, which, if true, would make David the only conservative in America with ties to the Black Lives Matter movement or whose income is tied to street hustling while wearing a MAGA hat.

If San Francisco police are investigating the incident, they aren’t talking about their findings.  But another former detective surmises this is what “went down.”  David took the BART transit from Berkley to the Church Street/Mission Station, around a five-minute walk to Castro Valley, San Francisco’s fabled “gay” district.  Sometime before 2:00 a.m., the usual closing time, he met up with Mr. Paul Pelosi.  Mr. Pelosi drove David to the Pelosi mansion in a car equipped with an interlock device — which is to say that David didn’t break into the Pelosi home — he was invited.

Our unnamed investigator claims that the press has it all wrong.  David didn’t break the glass in the back of the house to gain admission.  It’s the glass shard problem.  Moreover, why wasn’t the alarm triggered?  What do investigators see when they review the CCTV footage of the alleged break-in?  One might understand why Mr. Pelosi was in his underwear at 2: a.m., but it is curious how David was also running around inside the house dressed only in his underwear.

A speaker for the Speaker indicates that the Pelosi family is heartbroken over this incident.  No doubt.  It must be heartbreaking to realize that almost anyone who can read understands that Paul Pelosi has far more than a drinking problem.  And heartbroken, too, in learning that no one except the leftist media has bought into the media’s fairy tale that right-wing hatred drove Dave into assaulting Paul because Nancy wasn’t home.

I think there may be demons in this story, but if there are any, their last name is Pelosi.  You know, maybe our unnamed investigator has it all wrong, too.  So here’s what should happen: The Speaker’s speaker should tell us the truth about what happened.  That way, we can stop worrying about that and focus our attention once more on Russia-Russia-Russia.

And … uh … who is that third person?

Mustang has blogs called  Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Oz – Fetterman Debate – The Ultimate Train Wreck

 

A train wreck is far too kind for those who took the time and could bear the suffering of Fetterman as he continued to decline throughout the debate.

There are those who wonder why the Fetterman Oz contest should be of interest to those who live outside of Pennsylvania. If someone as incompetent as Fetterman can be elected then we are indeed doomed. Sadly 635,000 mail-in ballots have already been turned in. Another reason to cut out weeks of early voting.

 

Fracking

There have been no ads in my TV market covering the fracking issue. Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in Natural Gas drilling. Tens of thousands of jobs are involved. Finally we get the topic out in the light. For most of rural America its a big deal. A really big deal.

This is how the debate started out and it didn’t get any better.

You know you have lost when even CNN cannot muster a positive review of the spectacle. Fetterman and his family and friends should be ashamed of what they have supported in this candidacy. 

Frankly I found it enjoyable after all those attacks on the NBC gal Dasha Burns who did the Fetterman interview, and was honest to state the obvious that she wasn’t sure he understood the preinterview back and forth conversation. Her redemption is sweet revenge.

 

CNN analysts break down Fetterman’s performance in debate

“Following the only debate in the key Pennsylvania Senate race, CNN’s panel of analysts breaks down Democratic candidate John Fetterman’s performance, after a stroke in May left him with lasting complications.”

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