lead by example not by force

Opposition of the status quo and questioning authority along the way.

Faith in Government is reciprocal at best.

Confucius taught of how one is to govern themselves, and how the state is to govern society. The ways of governing can be seen in the traditions of forefathers. By returning to these, society can be virtuous and harmonious. Government is seen as a tool to help bring out the best of its people. Confucius saw it as responsible for the well being of its citizens but insists that they not forget their individual roles themselves. In order to properly carry out its role, government must be looked upon by its people for leadership and be respected. It must not lose the faith of its people.

80% of citizens do not trust government (July 2011),
a massive change in 3-5 decades, indicating declining legitimacy

In 2011, 80% had a low respect for Congress,
and 71% had low respect for the President
58% have low respect for the media.

July 2011 Rasmussen national survey finds 46% of Likely U.S. Voters view most members of Congress as corrupt. Just 29% think most members are not corrupt, and another 25% are not sure. Similarly, a whopping 85% of voters think most members of Congress are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people.

78% believe the federal government has too much power;
also, state & local governments are increasing their power each year, as their employees grow in numbers faster than the general population – reaching a historic high ratio last year.

Trust in government correlates to trust in certain professionals > > lawyers and news professionals:

  • Most federal & state legislators are lawyers, yet Citizen Trust in the Honesty & Ethics of lawyers has declined to new lows. Is there a coincidence that while the USA leads the world in lawyers per capita (see graphic below) it also leads in trade deficits and lags in quality health care and education?
  • And – Citizen Trust for honesty and ethics for News Professionals also declined to a new low – –
    – yet citizens depend on news professionals to monitor government and report unbiased news,
    although 96% believe it’s their duty to ‘educate’ the public, instead of simply providing balanced and unbiased news, yet at election time 89% of those reporting news vote for the political party most aligned with ‘big government’.

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