The historical roots of America’s discontent

Source: The Hill
by Harlan Ullman

“Just 60 years ago, about the same percentage of Americans who believed the nation was headed in the wrong direction and were dissatisfied (77 percent in the 1964 Gallup Poll) trusted the U.S. government and most institutions. Today the latter number is 20 percent. What happened to America along the way to turn citizens against the government and generate huge dissatisfaction with life? Not only government is held in disregard. Name one institution or group – from law and police to clergy, media, teachers, politicians and the military – that is viewed favorably today. This tragic story began on Aug. 4, 1964, in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of North Vietnam.” (01/23/23)