The American Public’s Trust In Its Institutions Is Crashing, And The Latest Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal Shows Why

Gallup has released its annual poll of Americans asking about their trust in 16 major U.S. institutions. You can see the horrible results above. Ethics Alarms has covered this poll for many years, because trust is both a prime ethics value and also the most important one for a democracy. I wrote years ago on the old Ethics Scoreboard about how Democrats were playing with fire by seeding distrust in our elections and the Supreme Court by hammering on the too-close 2000 Presidential election as a “stolen” while claiming the Gore “won.” I called the strategy “pulling at the fabric of democracy,” if I recall, noting that our system uniquely requires public trust in our processes, institutions, leaders and fellow members of the public. Since then, the level of distrust has both fallen and widened.

Even applying the obligatory distrust of polls themselves, Gallup’s conclusions are frightening, in part because they feel accurate. Not only is the public less confident in major U.S. institutions than it was a year ago, it is the worst it has been across the board since Gallup started checking. There were significant declines for 11 of the 16 institutions tested and no improvements for any. The Supreme Court fell lower than it ever has been, not surprising since two of the institutions regarded correctly as less trustworthy have been cynically and irresponsibly deriding it for purely ideological motives. The Presidency has dropped in trust even more than SCOTUS, which shows that the public is paying attention. Congress hasn’t fallen as far in percentage points, but only because it had fallen so far already. The five points it lost in trust almost cuts its previous low in half.

Thus it is not, perhaps, coincidental that less than two weeks ago,the Presidency and the news media were further exposed by the discovery of a 2018 voicemail from President Biden that proved his repeated denials about speaking with crooked Number Two Son Hunter Biden about his foreign business dealings were outright lies.

Since the voicemail was uncovered on Hunter’s discarded laptop—you know, the one that the mainstream media and social media deliberately kept the public from learning about until Joe was safely elected and installed in a not-quite-stolen but definitely rigged election?—the news also impugned the “newspapers,” “television news” and “large technology companies,” all of whom were jointly responsible for keeping the public in the dark.

Did you see the transcript of the call? The mainstream media hardly made it easy for you to do so. Here it is–Biden’s voice is heard saying:

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

The reference to the Times story involved a Times report on Dec. 12, 2018 about Hunter’s shady dealings with Ye Jianming, the head of CEFC China Energy Company. Ye was later arrested amid allegations of economic crimes.  Biden’s team reportedly lobbied the Times to soften aspects of the story and apparently Dad regarded the effort as a success. For two years, Jonathan Turley among others have insisted  that Biden’s denials of any knowledge of his son’s lucrative machinations abroad were lies; Turley has insisted that Attorney General Garland has more than enough evidence of potential wrongdoing by Biden to appoint a special counsel. But two days ago, we were shown that the fix was still in.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked White House paid liar Karine Jean-Pierre, “Why is there a voicemail of the president talking to his son about his overseas business dealings if the president has said he’s never spoken to his son about his overseas business dealings?”

Good question, don’t you think? As usual, the First Gay, Black Female Press Secretary Who Is Also Completely Incompetent (But It Doesn’t Matter Because She Is Gay, Black and Female) was completely unprepared for the question. To be fair, she assumes that the press corps are allies of Joe and his party and are unlikely to want to expose him. The answer poor Karine came up with was a Jumbo: “Voicemail? What voicemail?”

“Well, first I’ll say that what the president said stands. So if he — that’s what the president said, that is what stands.”

Biden”s denials stand! Now that’s either audacious, insulting or really, really stupid. All three? Doocy followed up:

“He’s leaving a voicemail about a New York Times article concerning Hunter Biden’s business dealings and he says, ‘I think you’re clear.’ How is that not him talking to his son about his overseas business dealings?”

Karine’s response? Literally: ‘I don’t want to talk about this any more‘:

“We’re not, from this podium — I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop…I am not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop. Peter, I refer you to his son’s representatives.”

Note “alleged materials.” That’s deceit. Turley adds, “Could you imagine if this was Trump caught on a tape and refusing to answer a question about the content? For example, the media has Trump’s call to Georgia officials on a virtual continual coverage loop…”

And that’s why the public trust in the institutions of our democracy are in freefall.

11 thoughts on “The American Public’s Trust In Its Institutions Is Crashing, And The Latest Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal Shows Why

  1. Even without physical proof, Biden’s assertion that he never discussed business with Hunter was, from the start, possibly his most obvious lie. This is “the smartest man he knows”, who goes with him on day-long flights in the privacy of Air Force One to arrange foreign business deals. This is the son he “loves”, and talks with regularly. They shared bank accounts and mingled finances. Even disregarding all that, what parent, unless completely estranged, never talks with their children (and probably children’s spouses and even kids, if old enough) about their jobs? He might as well declare he’s never slept in a bed or had a drink of water. Joe’s claim is just not believable… and never was.

  2. It’s great to be accountable to no one. That’s what a lot of these institutions have in common. Big tech is pretty much accountable to no one, especially when the party in power wants them to keep right on doing what they’re doing because it benefits them. The Supreme Court is not really accountable to anyone because its members have life tenure and they are not supposed to be accountable to anyone. They’re supposed to just interpret the law as written without regard for politics. That said, anyone who tells you that that’s what they do at this point is kidding himself. Who’s going to hold the media accountable? The people at the top are pretty much just as woke as the people in the field. Congress is supposed to be accountable to the American people, but most of its members stopped caring a long time ago, especially those who are in those districts that would elect a hand sandwich if it had the right letter next to its name. The president is also supposed to be accountable to the American people, but as long as Congress is controlled by his own party, he is accountable really to no one until the end of his term. That being the case, this President is just going to do what he damn well pleases and ignore anyone saying that he is doing something wrong. I think the press secretaries arrogant refusal to even talk further about a potentially really damaging exposure kind of says it all. Not only does the president not want to talk about this, he doesn’t care that it’s out there because he doesn’t have to care. It’s actually pretty insidious. The rulers at the top do as they please, while those in command of the media whether it be digital, print, broadcast or otherwise, feed the people the lie that everything is just fine while silencing those who dare to say that it is not.

    The result of this insidiousness is pretty darn close to the Victorian era potato famine in Ireland. If you remember the details, but it is comparable to today’s fuel crisis. You can read whole books about it, but, suffice it to say, the potato crop failed due to a perfect storm of factors including a blight, the weather, and poor crop management. Because the English landlords insisted on exporting all of the other foodstuffs the island produced, that left the farmers and laborers with essentially nothing to eat. On top of that, they refused to engage in any form of disaster relief. Those who could, fled to North America or elsewhere in the world, emptying Ireland of its labor force and of its population generally. Those who could not, stayed to starve and die, often resorting to eating grass or whatever else they could to try to stay alive one more day. To this day, there are certain fields in Ireland that are known as “hungry grass,” we’re supposedly that was done. If you stay in a bed and breakfast in the area where something like that happened, sometimes your hosts will give you bread when you leave the house to go about whatever it is you’re going to do, since it’s considered bad luck to cross hungry grass with no food in your pocket. In this case no one is going to starve, but the American people are struggling to keep their gas tanks full and be able to go about their business. In the meantime, the Biden administration released 180 million barrels of oil from the strategic oil reserve and is now selling it in Europe and China. For comparison it released about 10 million barrels during the first Gulf War to make certain the American military would have enough gas while the prices at home would not go through the roof, and 20 million barrels after Hurricane Katrina damaged a lot of the refineries along the Gulf of Mexico Coast, to prevent serious market disruption. There’s something really wrong with the optics of you and me having to take the bus to work or staycation it for the third year in a row while American oil, which is supposedly kept in reserve to prevent major disasters or wars from affecting the market too badly is being shipped overseas.

    Still, at this point we shrug our shoulders and do our best to keep going because there’s nothing else we can do until this November and November 2 years since. However, everyone in this country who is not one of those folks who would vote for a ham sandwich if it had a D next to its name sees what’s going on and realizes we were played. We were played by a Democratic Party interested in nothing but getting in power and staying in power, and not at all interested in doing for the American people generally, only for those sections of the American people it could use as pawns. We were played by a media loaded to the gills with those people who would vote for a ham sandwich if it had the right letter next to it. We were played by hucksters masquerading in the borrowed robes of activists for justice. We were played by a technological sector also loaded to the gills with ham sandwich voters who saw no problem with acting as one party’s censors, but hey, private company, right?

    The thing is, anyone who is not a ham sandwich voter is starting to see through this and is unlikely to let it happen again, I hope. But even if it is not allowed to happen again, the damage to the institutions is going to be lasting. This actually takes me to the final book of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, entitled, fittingly, The Last Battle, in which the authorities have been out of touch with the ordinary people and failed to prevent them from being enslaved, so when the authorities do finally come to their rescue, they sneer and say they are no longer interested in offering allegiance to those who have failed them. What do you think the odds are of ordinary folks in this country feeling much loyalty toward a government composed of one party that treats them like expendable pawns and another that talks freedom but does not seem to be able to deliver it, or to be terribly interested in actually delivering it? Why should I subordinary folks trust or be loyal to a Democratic party that doesn’t want to hear it if you’re not Big Labor or Big Tech or Big Woke or a Republican Party that is more interested in giving tax breaks to Big Business and Big Finance than it is for doing anything for us ordinary folks who make up the backbone of American society? I don’t see how they are entitled to any more loyalty or trust then the girl you like but who doesn’t particularly like you who is happy to ask you to do her a favor, but makes herself scarce once the favor is done… and until she needs another favor. Then she comes back to you and says, “I know I dropped out of sight for a while, but I was hoping…” If you have any wisdom or any will you tell her she is hoping in vain.

    • The “ordinary folks” I know, conservatives, certainly don’t trust Democrats any more than we would trust a rattlesnake: we have ample evidence of their true nature, and act accordingly. Just as surely, we are overwhelmingly disgusted with the Republicans who are elected by claiming to hold conservative values, then once elected, join in with the rest of the liberal progressive swine in the DC pigpen and go meekly along with the Dems in appeasing the lunatics and the perpetually aggrieved, looting this country’s economy and aiding and abetting the destruction of our foundational institutions. All this merely to keep their snouts in the trough and maintain their self-perceived near-royal status, mingling with the rich and famous while using their office to try and become rich themselves. Then they have the nerve to take victory laps back in their states and districts, telling us common folk what great things they are doing for us in DC.
      We have to move beyond electing Republicans whose only qualification is not being a Democrat. In my county, we (the local Republican Party) have been busy since 2019 recruiting and vetting the next generation of conservative candidates for local and state offices across the board. This fall’s elections will begin to tell the tale of our efforts, building toward 2024. The term “RINO” is getting a bit tiresome, but we can spot those folks and avoid electing them if we pay attention.

  3. “. . .the Biden administration released 180 million barrels of oil from the strategic oil reserve and is now selling it in Europe and China.”

    When Biden depletes the American reserves of a strategic resource by selling it to countries, one of whom is a geopolitical foe, who are still buying oil from Russia while American suffer higher prices and then works to eliminate tariffs on Chinese goods at the expense of American enterprise, you have to wonder where his allegiance lies. Then when we find out that the CCP controlled firm Sinopec that bought the oil is tied to Hunter Biden’s equity fund you no longer have to wonder about allegiance you wonder if he is acting as a foreign agent bent on weakening the United States to a point that it can no longer defend itself from foreign enemies.

      • Of course. Rules for thee, not for me.

        There is a trending meme (I know our host doesn’t like them) that basically says that if the ruling elite of the Democrats (Biden, Pelosi, Warren – who wants to shut down crisis pregnancy centers since Roe v Wade has fallen, etc) were traitors intent on collapsing the US instead of bumbling incompetents and venal self servers, how would we know the difference?

        Say what you will about Trump but until the incredibly timed pandemic (no wonder some call it a plandemic) hit, the US was in a good state and powerful position. Decisions since have placed us in a horrible one. From economic, trust, power, influence, and so many angles, we have fallen and far. For people who view nationalism as bad, that would be traitorous.

        • About the only thing Bill Maher—that toxic, arrogant jerk—has ever said that stuck with me was that it would be worth crashing the economy if it meant getting rid of Trump.

            • I really don’t care. He is absolute human scum. Now that he senses a shift in the winds, he is shifting to being critical of the hyper-woke. He has no center, he has no principles. If he just mocked all sides and positions equally, he could be respected, but he poses as a truthteller. I don’t respect him, and I have doubts about anyone who does, frankly, especially alleged feminists, who saw nothing wrong with his using the vile slurs “cunt” and “twat” when he was attacking conservative women, and HBO, which didn’t tell him to shape up. He’s also a coward, and almost never has a guest that will challenge him. I’d give up several body parts that I am fond of for ten minutes live face-to-face with the creep.

              • I never liked him since he made those idiotic comments after 9/11. I have also concluded his attitude toward marriage generally sucks. OK, it’s not for everyone, but it isn’t completely a bad thing like he paints it, and if your married friends’ wives can’t stand you coming by, then maybe you might want to reassess why.

    • Biden said his release of 180 million barrels of oil will help prop up global supply thus dampening prices. While true, you don’t sell it directly to an economic rival who is bent on collapsing American power. I want to know how he intends to fuel the non-nuclear warships, fighter planes and tanks when we no longer have any reserves left because he squandered them. There is no such thing as a solar powered tank or airplane.

      I guess I might now have a need for a firearm to defend the homeland when the CCP navy starts landing troops on our shores.

      Biden hasn’t been wrong on every foreign policy decision since he entered the Senate; he has been wrong on every decision since being elected to office except those that help line his pockets.

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