In today's post we will link that problem with the emotional damage that the ongoing official detachment from national economic reality is likely to do.
Everyone knows, conceptually at least, what a horrible thing it is when children cannot trust their parents, but not every child in the USA has had to experience that.
But in the USA it is getting closer to everyone experiencing that unfortunate circumstance, if we consider a related issue that sociologists, political scientists, and psychologists inform us about.
Which is to realize that, as people grow into adulthood, they tend to naturally transfer certain emotions like trust of parents into a trust of the government.
We discussed this non-controversial issue in the post Security: Familyland, Fatherland, or Homeland?, where we pointed out "a common metaphor, shared by conservatives and liberals alike -- the Nation-as-Family metaphor, in which the nation is seen as a family, the government as a parent and the citizens as children".
Getting to the point set out at the beginning of today's post, the nation is experiencing that very lack of trust children of bad acting parents experience, according to the writing all over Wall Street, and now all over the walls of Main Street as well:
With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans’ distrust of government at its highest level ever.(New York Times / CBS Poll, emphasis added). Don't tell me that "the government" is surprised, after ignoring the wishes of the people by continuing to proceed in what the people have said, in poll after poll for a decade, is a wrong direction.
Just as problematic as not linking the solution to the cause, is the failure to understand the fundamental revolution that has taken place in the USA.
An economic coup has taken place by the 1%, who we have called The Plunder Barons for years, whereby the 99% are being plundered out of their economic well being which they previously enjoyed.
The 99% face growing, lasting economic hardship as the 1% faces growing wealth, because the government we no longer trust has become a warmongering plutocracy, and the economy has become a plutonomy.
One thing we can trust is that this economic and emotional damage being done will not be solved by elections anytime soon.