Second, Americans have lost faith in their institutions. During the great moments of social reform, at least 60 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing most of the time. Now, only a quarter have that kind of trust.
Because they trusted government and then looked back and saw what government did to them. Depending upon your level of vulgarity you might say that the American public are not all as dumb as Charlie Brown: Lucy and the football trick only works for so long. Or that being asked to bend over for your own good only works until people realise that being cornholed ain\’t all that good.