Notes on institutional (often taxpayer funded) trust

Victor Davis Hanson

their entire attitude toward immigration. 

Expect the border to be closed soon and immigration to become mostly meritocratic, smaller and legal, with zero tolerance for immigrants and resident visitors who break the laws of their hosts.

Weaponized ‘justice’

Americans are also reappraising their attitudes toward time-honored bureaucracies, the courts and government agencies.

The public still cannot digest the truth that the once respected FBI partnered with social media to suppress news stories, to surveil parents at school board meetings and to conduct performance art swat raids on the homes of supposed political opponents.

After the attempts of the Department of Justice to go easy on the miscreant Hunter Biden but to hound ex-president Donald Trump for supposedly removing files illegally in the same fashion as current President Joe Biden, the public lost confidence not just in Attorney General Merrick Garland but in American US jurisprudence itself.

The shenanigans of prosecutors like Fani WillisLetitia James and Alvin Bragg, along with overtly biased judges like Juan Merchan and Arthur Engoron, only reinforced the reality that the American legal system has descended into third-world-like tit-for-tat vendettas.

The same politicization has nearly discredited the Pentagon. 

Its investigations of “white” rage and white supremacy found no such organized cabals in the ranks.

But these unicorn hunts likely helped cause a 45,000-recruitment shortfall among precisely the demographic that died at twice their numbers in the general population in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The trust barometer.

Public trust in the federal government, which has been low for decades, has returned to near record lows following a modest uptick in 2020 and 2021.