Pres­i­dent Obama, Ebola and the to­tal col­lapse of cred­i­bil­ity

Americans are no longer in­clined to trust their gov­ern­ment

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

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.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY LI­NAS GARSYS/THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

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