Are We Up to the Job?

Civic dissatisfaction is a widespread, bipartisan phenomenon these days. Polls regularly find that a large percentage of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and confidence in public institutions remains anemic. …

But what about the flip side: How much faith should we have in the American people?

This question is rarely asked in our public discourse. Politicians, always looking ahead to their next electoral contest, never dare to doubt the virtue and wisdom of the American people. They know all, see all, understand all—and thank you very much for your vote! Still, it is hard to deny that Americans are not doing a good job discharging their civic duties. CONT.

Jay Cost, The Weekly Standard