Glenn Reynolds examines the entrails of the sacrifices and finds the omens alarming and disturbing.
According to a recent Associated Press poll, the public lacks confidence in government. And by â€œlacks confidence,â€ I mean â€œreally lacks confidence.â€ Specifically, â€œMore than 6 in 10 respondents expressed only slight confidence â€” or none at all â€” that the federal government can make progress on the problems facing the nation in 2016.â€ …
A much-hyped YouGov poll from last fall found that 29% of Americans could imagine supporting a military coup. That poll probably overstated popular support â€” it didnâ€™t ask if people favored a coup right now, just whether they could imagine supporting one, including in the instance of the government violating the Constitution â€” but there was also this, as Newser reported: â€œSome 71% said military officers put the interests of the country ahead of their own interests, while just 12% thought the same about members of Congress. â€œ
A democracy that gives rise to those sorts of sentiments is a democracy thatâ€™s in trouble. And Americaâ€™s political class, which is used to operating in a world where thereâ€™s lots of room to get things wrong, needs to up its game before things get worse.
I must admit: I’m part of that 29%.