A majority of American voters across nearly all demographics and ideologies believe their system of government does not work, with 58 percent of those interviewed for a New York Times/Siena College poll saying that the world’s oldest independent constitutional democracy needs major reforms or a complete overhaul.
Americans’ bipartisan cynicism about government signals a striking philosophical shift: For generations, Democrats campaigned on the idea that government was a force for good, while Republicans sought to limit it. Now, the polling shows, the number of Americans in both parties who believe their government is capable of responding to voters’ concerns has shrunk.
- A large percentage of the population is impoverished, while billionaires get the United States government to subsidize their idea that it would be good to have a billionaires' base on Mars, or the Moon, to which the billionaires can repair if things get really bad.
- We are daily becoming ever more entangled with a shooting war that has a fair chance of ending in an atomic holocaust.
- Global warming proceeds apace, leading to mass extinctions, and putting human civilization in danger. Our water delivery systems have cratered, and wildfires proliferate. Meanwhile, the president is preparing to authorize new oil drilling in Alaska and elsewhere, and the Governor of California ignores the global warming impacts of the oil producers he is protecting, while pretending to be an environmentalist.
- The rights of women to choose how to deal with their own bodies, when pregnant, has been rudely and ruthlessly stripped from them by a Supreme Court that has cavalierly overturned the Court's fifty-year precedent, and by doing so threatens a host of other personal rights associated with we thought was a "right to privacy," but which is not, apparently, any such "right" at all.
- People are homeless, everywhere - and especially in places where lots of other people are flagrantly rich.