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In Government We (Mis)Trust…

By Tony Perkins

Everywhere you look, government is growing. But according to a new poll, America’s confidence isn’t growing with it. According to a survey from Social Sphere, people are anxious about the problems facing the country — and less convinced the government can do anything to fix them. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is “out of control” and expressed “alarm and anxiety” about the challenges facing us.

From Ebola and terrorism to health care and the White House, voters are scared and pessimistic about the direction of our nation — a crisis of confidence that just happens to coincide with the midterm elections. Those numbers coincide with the sense of gloom in the Wall Street Journal’s poll, which found a whopping 65% consensus who agreed that America is headed in the wrong direction.

“We haven’t had a plurality saying ‘right track’ in over ten years,” said one expert. “After 10 years, it’s just part of the collective consciousness of Americans.” The country is falling off the rails, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Americans have endured almost two presidential terms of lawlessness, scandal, corruption, broken promises, and fierce attacks to their most cherished freedoms.

This may be a part of the explanation of the recent Pew Research Center survey, which revealed that a growing number of Americans want religion to play a greater role in U.S. politics. Despite the claims to the contrary, there is truth, and if you set your moral compass to it, you’ll not only be led in the right direction, but those who are searching for the way will join with you. This is an opportunity for Christians — if we won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by those who benefit from leading the nation into the moral wilderness.

** Don’t miss Ken Blackwell’s unique take on Annise Parker in Catholic Online, “Houston’s Mayor Is Endangering Civil Rights.”

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)


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