Kopp Column: Americans Don’t Trust Their Government


Not only are humans fallible, they are untrusting.  If humans trusted one another, they’d exist peacefully in a society without government.  This is not new.  More than 200 years ago,  Thomas Paine wrote:

“The strength of one man is unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in turn requires the same. Four or five united would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling… but one man might labor out the common period of life without accomplishing anything…. As the colony increases, public concerns will increase.”

With an increase in public concern comes a lack of trust. It is because people do not trust each other, governments are created. James Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  Of course Madison was not writing a document of theology when he omits that fully one-third of the angelic hosts are “fallen.”  Who wants to be governed by a “fallen angel?”

Conservatives believe government has a role in life, but only a role.  Governments are not the benevolent all-powerful, all-knowing ruler of all things.  Governments are as untrustworthy as a society, as the people in that society.

A recent release by the Pew Research Center is a startling as to say temperatures drop in the winter.  The organization reports most people feel threatened by the government, they do not trust the government. The report found here, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, says that for the first time since the question was asked in the poll, most Americans believe that the federal government does not protect, but instead threatens personal rights and freedoms.

A lack of trust is why, with profound wisdom America’s founding fathers improved upon the English principle of checks and balances by providing for three equal bodies of government to check and balance each other.  Today, that principle of checks and balances has been ignored.

Mr. Bush refused to balance Congress; he didn’t see a spending bill he didn’t like. He rubber-stamped everything.  Today, Mr. Obama draws a line in the sand and dares Republicans to step across.  If Republicans were conservatives, they would welcome that balance and would rise with equal checks against the executive office.  But alas, being a Republican is not the same as being a conservative.

Further adding to the untrustworthiness of government, is the lack of accountability.  For that, conservatives believe they must look neither to an institution, nor a document but to one another, to voters who have abdicated their duty and role as an informed electorate.

It is the duty of the three branches of government to check and balance each other. It is the duty of Americans to be informed and to take an active role in holding the government accountable. It is why you, dear reader, follow the Say Anything Blog. It is why you debate topics, events and principles, because you are a small part of a dwindling element of America – an informed electorate, but you are also part of a sad majority of Americans, those who do not trust the government.

Mike Kopp has exercised his political muscle as a media director to two statewide campaigns, a television political reporter, a lobbyist, and staff assistant to the Senate Majority Leader. He is currently a communications contractor working from his home in Wilton, ND.

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  • Roy_Bean

    The core belief of conservatives is that the government should only do for us that which we can’t do for ourselves. The core belief of liberals is that we should only do for ourselves that which the government can’t do for us.

    Nikita Khrushchev said, in 1963:
    “I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”

    Sadly, he seems to have been right.

    • ellinas1

      Two old friends of advanced age, a conservative and a liberal, were taking a stroll somewhere in America.
      They came upon a rather steep hill.
      The conservative, took a good look and decided it would be impossible to climb.
      He told the liberal: We cannot climb that hill. We are too old and frail.
      The liberal looked at the hill and said:
      You hold on to me while I hold on to you and we will climb that hill.

      • JoeMN

        Therein lies the rub
        Under Marxism, they must do it bound together in shackles

        • ellinas1

          The rub is that cooperation works better than individualism.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Under Marxism they do it together bound in shackles… under capitalism/free market, they do it together based on mutual benefit.

            There’s a difference pederast.

            Then again, shackles and fecal matter turn you on…. eh’ greekling?

      • Roy_Bean

        Your post is an excellent example of the liberal lie. In your story you shamelessly reverse the roles. Liberals would never refuse government assistance, they would demand that the government tax the rich to pay for an elevator.

        • jl

          Makes sense, though. He’s a liberal, so naturally he screwed the story up.

        • ellinas1

          Conservatives, liberals……they are all Americans with different points of view.
          You have a distorted notion of what a liberal is.

          • two_amber_lamps

            You have a distorted notion of morality child-buggerer.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        If either the liberal or the conservative were as lame as this story, neither of them would make it up the hill, IMHO.

  • sbark

    “Corruption, like a cancer … eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, floppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole of society.” – President John Adams
    …….Its unreal what our founding fathers could see coming 200 plus yrs ago

  • Snarkie

    Let me just speak to two things I don’t understand. The list goes on, but I think these two are worth mentioning.

    First, why be such sheep under Bush as to allow him to place us in an unending and unclearly defined ‘state of war?’ We have measures that allow our three branch government to fxn more-or-less like a dictatorship during times of war, for practical reasons. This made sense back in the quaint old days when wars were wars. Did you not think that power would change hands someday? Absolutely inexcusable. You ought to explain that you ‘federalists’ are actually extremely supportive of a strong centralized government when you believe that it will serve your short-term goals. And your modal reasoning is obviously pathetic or you would have considered what such changes would mean after power changes hands. For shame.

    Second, why didn’t any of you give Scalia s*** for not joining Roberts on the Obamacare opinion when they had a chance to rein in the federal government by setting some nice limits on commerce clause power? I understand he would never join the portion of the opinion about how it is possible to interpret the statute as a tax, but he had a chance to join the section before that, where they explained such things were not within congress’s commerce clause power. Scalia instead penned a separate opinion on the commerce clause that says, more or less, similar things. Why not join Roberts and get some precedent down? He fumbled the ball, at a very important juncture, failing to restrain the federal government’s power and NONE of you gave him any s*** about it.

    Admit it Kopp. When someone is advancing your interests in the federal government, you become stupidly trusting only to oscillate in the other direction when the next guy comes to power. Why not be consistent? We all remember how all of you on the right were deriding the leftists [sic] during the Bush administration for not trusting the admin. How can you turn around and, now, type this dreck?

    • Mike

      Easy answers! Thanks for such softball questions. First: Perhaps you have forgotten, we are at war, not because the United States declared war, but because war was declared on the United States.

      Next easy answer, Scalia is as much to blame as any justice, congressman, president or voter who has allowed this administrative government to expand beyond intention.

      I have nothing to admit. You never heard me deride the leftists for not supporting America’s just response to being attacked. Sadly, Snarkie, you have misjudged me to be one of those “all of you on the right.” It would appear you have a bone to pick, a fight to settle and you’re looking for someone to have it out with. Go look elsewhere.

      • Snarkie

        Congress authorized force as related to the 9/11 attacks. And yet we have not gone after the Saudi sponsors. Afghanistan was a great choice. And Iraq was not authorized by congress as it lacked a 9/11 role.

        Scalia is just as much to blame as anyone else? That’s some instrumentalist spin, eh?

        Horses*** Mike. You explain your doting faith in a de facto dictatorship, run on the premise of war against terrorism, a war for which no practical end is in remote site. The just response to terrorists, who are hostile to our democracy and freedoms, is to institute an indefinite dictatorship here under the premise of war?

        Conservative leaders get their supporters to behave like blind faith socialists under premises of war, security, etc. View all the spending and federal govt expansion under Bush; examples are too many to list. Then power changes hands, then the same become hostile individualists, suspect of the president’s exercise of identical power.

        Sounds and looks like whiny b***hes with no foresight.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    The growing view that the federal government threatens personal
    rights and freedoms has been led by conservative Republicans.
    76% of conservative Republicans say that the federal government
    threatens their personal rights and freedoms and 54% describe the
    government as a “major” threat. Three years ago, 62% of conservative
    Republicans said the government was a threat to their freedom; 47% said
    it was a major threat.

    By comparison, there has been little change in opinions among Democrats;
    38% say the government poses a threat to personal rights and freedoms
    and just 16% view it as a major threat.


    In other words, the far right fringe feels threatened by them dern revenuers which only exist in their tightly wound little minds.

    • sbark

      How many millions of rounds of Ammo did non-military depts of the Bush Admin purchase……..now contrast that with the Obama Admin depts like Educ etc
      How many times did GW tell Putin that he can be more flexible later on cutting down our defense/ nucular missles?
      How many top level aids in the Bush admin quote and praise Mao repeatedly?
      How many speeches appeasing Muslim Brotherhood did Bush make? How many top level aids in the Bush Admin had direct ties to MBrotherhood?
      How many friends like Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, Farakahn did GW Bush have?
      Sometimes paranoi is just having all the facts laid out in front of you.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        You’re really not that crispy, are ya bark?

        • sbark

          OK, you sold me………….. Obama is great. He’s wonderful.

          We are blessed to have him as our president…..I’m all in. OK………
          Now let me ask you a question; Let’s say Obama and the radical left actually wanted to destroy America.

          What exactly would they have done differently…..than what they have done so far?????………other than outright delcaring himself king for life.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            I guess killing America’s #1 enemy would have been off the table.

          • sbark

            big woop…..killing a guy that had by now was sitting in his house watching porn………..
            and its becoming apparent he was glad to trade that for giving up a whole bunch of Navy Seals, whose deaths in numbers seems more than a coincidence…………….and of course Bengahzi……Osama is dead, so is ambassador Stevens with a ton of shoulder fired anti airplane missles missing…………what a deal.
            Talk to me when the next airliner goes down over NYC or London

            We’ve been inflitrated by the Muslim Brotherhood……..all the way to the White House.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            OK then. You certainly are that crispy.

            Ya know, it’s folks like you that make it easier for Democratic candidates to win elections.

            Thanks for that, bark.

          • sbark

            yup…….alot of low info to non existent info voters out there……….products of our Public Educ system, that Bill Gates said in 2007 will be the downfall of our nation…..

          • SusanBeehler

            What are you a product? of the internet, a blog?

          • SusanBeehler

            Only Americans want to kill other Americans who they believe are “tyrannical”. Americans point to each other as the enemy rather than work together. It is much more important to point then actual do something. (I am being sarcastic?)

          • Onslaught1066

            No you’re not.

          • $8194357


          • SusanBeehler

            #1 American enemy was not killed the way they wanted him killed. Which was by a “teabag” or Republican, they do not like the “tone” of our President, the color just ain’t “right”.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            President Obama has kept us safer than the last guy ever did.
            They can’t handle that.

          • guest

            Tell that to Chris Stevens and his fellow workers, along with the victims of Fast/Furiousyou jerkoff!

          • ellinas1

            I did. They all agreed they were casualties of Americas intervention(s) in other nations affairs.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Were you f$%king Chris Stevens corpse like those islamo-fascists while you were telling him about the US’s intervention in other nations affairs?

          • jl

            You mean by Obama using the policies “the last guy” adapted during his term? I thought so.

          • Onslaught1066

            President Obama has kept us more unemployed than the last guy ever did.
            You can’t handle that.

          • guest

            The “color” is irrelevant. It’s the policies that aint right.

          • $8194357

            Leftist ideologies and the source from whence they come (satan)
            that blind sheople like you are Americas #1 enemies when indoctrinated/implemented by those who do/don’t understand what
            they are all about.

          • Ray Seltz

            “Sheople”? That describes the Dimestore Christian. Got some scripture to will yourself into reality today, DC? .

          • $8194357

            Hey seventh day sabbath warrior..
            How’s life on the slow track?
            Since you ask so nice……….

            John 3:6-8
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
            and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

            7 Do not marvel that I said to you,
            ‘YOU must be born again.’

            8 The wind blows where it wishes,
            and you hear the sound of it,
            but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
            So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

            John 4:23-26
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            23 But the hour is coming, and now is,
            when the TRUE worshipers will worship the
            Father in spirit and truth;
            for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

            24 God is Spirit,
            and those who worship Him
            must worship in spirit and truth.”

            25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming”
            (who is called Christ).
            “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

            26 Jesus said to her,
            “I who speak to you am He.”

          • Ray Seltz

            My favorite leftist coughs up “Scripture” yet has no real clue what it’s supposed to mean. I’m sure you’re fellow sheople will clue you in.

          • $8194357

            Ray ray,
            And what gives you the right to tell me “so many times”
            that I haven’t a clue what the Scriptures mean?
            Tell me Ray ray…I am eagerly awaiting your insights….

          • Ken

            “I guess killing America’s #1 enemy would have been off the table.”

            And tell us how that has boosted the economy and taken people off of unemployment and food stamps. Did you tell any of the 366,000 people that lost their jobs last week that America’s #1 enemy has been killed?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Those who stood against Gitmo and waterboarding are cool with bombing US citizens (and anyone else within the blast radius) arbitrarily deemed terrorists by bureaucrats?

            Hypocrite, you are!

          • PK

            They’ll love it until a Republican gets control and continues the agenda. Then it’ll be an outrage to the left and then some Republicans will say it’s reasonable power because the terrorists are going to get us.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Yup… Kabuki Theatre to further an agenda.

          • $8194357

            Made for TV mass propaganda for the lemmings and
            useful idiots…

          • two_amber_lamps


            Now, I know that you’re the one! Hope and change has just begun….

  • Thresherman

    When the government continuously lies to the people, the people will not trust it. That supreme idiot, Nancy Pelosi, just said that we do not have a spending problem, we have a deficit problem. Now anyone with the sense God gave a goose knows that deficits are created by spending more than your income and so to brazenly claim that the two are unrelated is a flat out lie.

  • $8194357

    Maybe it has something to do with their propaganda program
    of dis information and miss information…In other words…THEY LIE..
    See the statistic at the bottom of the page………….

    From the World Health Organization:

    The latest Murder Statistics for the world:
    Murders per 100,000 citizens

    Honduras 91.6

    El Salvador 69.2

    Cote d’lvoire 56.9

    Jamaica 52.2

    Venezuela 45.1

    Belize 41.4

    US Virgin Islands 39.2

    Guatemala 38.5

    Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2

    Zambia 38.0

    Uganda 36.3

    Malawi 36.0

    Lesotho 35.2

    Trinidad and Tobago 35.2

    Colombia 33.4

    South Africa 31.8

    Congo 30.8

    Central African Republic 29.3

    Bahamas 27.4

    Puerto Rico 26.2

    Saint Lucia 25.2

    Dominican Republic 25.0

    Tanzania 24.5

    Sudan 24.2

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9

    Ethiopia 22.5

    Guinea 22.5

    Dominica 22.1

    Burundi 21.7

    Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7

    Panama 21.6

    Brazil 21.0

    Equatorial Guinea 20.7

    Guinea-Bissau 20.2

    Kenya 20.1

    Kyrgyzstan 20.1

    Cameroon 19.7

    Montserrat 19.7

    Greenland 19.2

    Angola 19.0

    Guyana 18.6

    Burkina Faso 18.0

    Eritrea 17.8

    Namibia 17.2

    Rwanda 17.1

    Mexico 16.9

    Chad 15.8

    Ghana 15.7

    Ecuador 15.2

    North Korea 15.2

    Benin 15.1

    Sierra Leone 14.9

    Mauritania 14.7

    Botswana 14.5

    Zimbabwe 14.3

    Gabon 13.8

    Nicaragua 13.6

    French Guiana 13.3

    Papua New Guinea 13.0

    Swaziland 12.9

    Bermuda 12.3

    Comoros 12.2

    Nigeria 12.2

    Cape Verde 11.6

    Grenada 11.5

    Paraguay 11.5

    Barbados 11.3

    Togo 10.9

    Gambia 10.8

    Peru 10.8

    Myanmar 10.2

    Russia 10.2

    Liberia 10.1

    Costa Rica 10.0

    Nauru 9.8

    Bolivia 8.9

    Mozambique 8.8

    Kazakhstan 8.8

    Senegal 8.7

    Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7

    Mongolia 8.7

    British Virgin Islands 8.6

    Cayman Islands 8.4

    Seychelles 8.3

    Madagascar 8.1

    Indonesia 8.1

    Mali 8.0

    Pakistan 7.8

    Moldova 7.5

    Kiribati 7.3

    Guadeloupe 7.0

    Haiti 6.9

    Timor-Leste 6.9

    Anguilla 6.8

    Antigua and Barbuda 6.8

    Lithuania 6.6

    Uruguay 5.9

    Philippines 5.4

    Ukraine 5.2

    Estonia 5.2

    Cuba 5.0

    Belarus 4.9

    Thailand 4.8

    Suriname 4.6

    Laos 4.6

    Georgia 4.3

    Martinique 4.2

    The United States 4.2

    ALL the countries above America have 100% gun bans

    • SusanBeehler

      I thought the United Nations was “evil”

      • $8194357

        The UN like a rifle is a tool…..
        How folks use them is whats evil….
        Sold to the worlds populace as a peace organization
        it is being used to usher in the end times one world new world order.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

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          • $8194357

            That may have been the smartest thing you ever wrote grasshopper…

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Thank you, gun nut.
            Morse code certainly does cut right to the heart of things, doesn’t it?

          • $8194357

            You still suck…..——……–…..—

          • two_amber_lamps

            Bob, like a rifle is a tool…

            However a rifle is infinitely more useful.

            Bob’s more like a dull shovel.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Or a spork.

          • $8194357

            Sporkies Revenge?

          • $8194357

            A FOOL TOOL…

          • $8194357

            Don’t need to be sharp to shovel manure !

    • two_amber_lamps

      Excellent info….

      • $8194357

        The UN’s gun control agenda works as well as Chicagos, huh.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Between me, you, and the brick wall over there… I don’t think “results” (ie reduction in human misery) were ever a consideration in generating these laws… merely and excuse to put them in place.

          But then I’m a pessimist re: the motivations of Leftists/Socialists….

          • $8194357

            Statist facists and muslim jihadists alike have been
            disarming their targeted countries for a very long time.
            Some big time global UN stuff comming down very soon, IMO…

  • $8194357

    The Democratic party has been infiltrated by anti American international
    progressives since Woodrow and communists since FDR….
    Now hand in hand with the muslim brotherhood the CPUSA
    runs DC for their globalist agendas….


    Reds in government: setting the table for a Soviet advantage

    Part 3–Stalin’s secret agents: why they matter in the 21st century

    By Wes Vernon

    It is impossible to exaggerate the impact that infiltrators in the U.S. government have had with regard to advancing Soviet interests. Before, during and after World War II, their outsized influence was pivotal to Moscow’s war machine that for most of the rest of the 20th century would threaten the globe with slave-state governance or a worldwide conflagration. (The latter was made viable by their infiltration of America’s supposedly secret invention of the atom bomb, but that related disaster is left for another day.)

    Few more destructive

    Easily well within the top tier of Soviet agents in our midst during that era was Harry Dexter White. He was the architect of the Morgenthau Plan, named for White’s boss, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau. That proposal aimed at converting defeated Germany to a largely agricultural or “pastoral” state. Without any meaningful exports, the German people would starve.

    FDR: public and private

    In our previous installment, we quoted President Franklin Roosevelt as expressing shock and revulsion when informed that he had actually signed off on the plan at a post-war planning conference. Though FDR pleaded inattention to detail on his part, the shock and revulsion apparently was for public consumption. Privately, he had said to Morgenthau, “We have to be tough with Germany, and I mean the German people, not just the Nazis. You have to castrate the German people, and treat them in such a manner so they can’t just go on producing people who want to continue the way they have in the past.”