Government Corruption: America’s Greatest Fear

Life is full of uncertainties and can be downright scary on many fronts. Will I have enough money for retirement? Or even enough to get me to the next paycheck? Will my loved ones become ill? Will our government become corrupt?…wait…what?

For the second year running, Chapman University conducted a nationwide poll to determine what American’s feared the most. Participants were asked to respond to their level of fear about 88 different types of fears.

The poll included 10 types of fear domains and the types of fears within those domains are as follows:

Table Fears

The Winner

The top fears were ones that people believe they have no control over and are unpredictable. However, there was one clear winner in the tumultuous pool of fears. The poll revealed that a full 58% of respondents reported being ‘afraid’ or ‘very afraid’ of corruption by government officials! In other words, Americans are more afraid of their government officials being, or becoming, corrupt then they are of dying (or of clowns!).

The poll did not discuss the reason behind the fear, leaving us to generate educated guesses about cause and effect. It is discomforting enough to think that Americans believe their government officials are uncaring, unsympathetic, or merely incompetent. But, according to this poll, Americans believe their government officials are CRIMINALS.

Constant media bombardment suggesting, or flat out accusing, the government of corruption probably has had more influence on the public’s perception than any single event. From Hillary Clinton’s perceived lack of transparency in the Benghazi incident to the Supreme Court decision to loosen campaign contribution restrictions, the media floods our minds with images of an untrustworthy government.

It’s interesting to note that there was a distinct difference between the 2015 and 2014 poll. While the top five items on the 2015 poll were: corruption of government officials, cyber-terrorism, corporate tracking of personal information, terrorist attacks, and government tracking of personal information, the  2014 poll listed: walking alone at night, becoming the victim of identity theft, safety on the internet, being the victim of a mass/random shooting, and public speaking.

The fears people face today are greater, or shall I say, more massive and much further out of their control. People can’t trust other countries (terrorist attacks), they can’t trust big corporations who control most of the commerce in our country, and they can’t trust our own government.

This leaves a pretty bleak outlook on the level of anxiety the American people are currently experiencing. Presidential election campaigns will normally increase anxiety as both sides attempt to villainize the other. Our only hope is that, after the elections are over, Americans will settle back into a blissful state of healthy skepticism that they have always enjoyed.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Laura Samples

Laura Samples has over 18 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as a police lieutenant in Texas. She is a graduate of the Leadership Command College from LEMIT at Sam Houston State University, a graduate of the Denver Paralegal Institute, and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, from Fort Hays State University.She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army where she served as a Military Police Officer in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
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