Google Searches Reveal Americans’ Loss of Faith in Government or Future

From the Sovereign Man blog:

“Why does Obama suck?”

If you’re not sure, ask Google. It seems that millions of Americans already have asked this question, along with:

“Why does the government want to kill us?”, and

“Can the government take your gold?”

These are among the jewels of Google autocomplete– instantly displaying results from the most popular searches.

Try it yourself. The results vary slightly based on geography, but if you type, for example, “Obama is “, I get the following:

google obama is

Not exactly the hope and change he was looking for I suppose.

(Canadians and Brits, don’t feel left out. Google tells us that Stephen Harper is “the anti-christ” and David Cameron is “a lizard”.)

While I’m sure we can all appreciate the humor, the reason these searches show up instantly in Google is because so many people are looking.

For example, when I type “Is America”, Google completes it with the most popular hit– “Is America doomed”…

I have written numerous times in recent months about the frightening implications of the loss of trust in society. Without trust in fellow citizens—and political leaders—nation is living on borrowed time.

A quick perusal of Google autocomplete bears out that I’m not the only one who sees the pieces of the puzzle, though I’m not sure how many have already figured out what those pieces create when they’re all put together.

It didn’t happen overnight. But over time, people have lost confidence not only in individual politicians, but in the system itself.

The institution of government is now viewed as the problem, not the solution. And this represents a complete breakdown in the social contract.

From the Romans to the Ottoman Empire to the Venetians, history is full of examples which show that once societies lose confidence in the system, substantial change and turmoil often follows.

Every unjust decision by politicians and lobbyists seems like a good move at the time, but there comes a point when one more immoral act proves the tipping-point for the entire society. America’s “Minsky Moment” is approaching.