President Obama, Ebola and the total collapse of credibility
Americans are no longer inclined to trust their government
It may be because it knows how bad the situation is and doesn’t want to provoke mass panic. Or it may be because it doesn’t know what it’s doing — which is in some ways worse. Either way, medical professionals and the public do not feel they are getting accurate and timely information.
After six long years of breathtaking incompetence, negligence and corruption, most Americans no longer believe what their government tells them. The collapse in credibility of government — and confidence in government — make this particular moment so dangerous. Whether it’s the virus of Ebola, the virus of Islamic terrorism or the virus of big government, few Americans think that their government has the will and the ability to contain the things that threaten them most.
And that crisis may be the gravest threat of all.