Originally Posted by pondering_it_all
due to the government's failure to ever fix anything

It's really their perception the government has never fixed anything. The US government is actually damned good at fixing things, but there has always been lots of opposition. For example, getting Moderna financed so they could do all the vaccine creation steps at the same time, instead of taking the usual slow low-financial-risk approach? They got the vaccine made in record-breaking time, because of government actions. And that was TRUMP's administration! All of the initial steps toward creating mRNA vaccines were funded by US government grants, and as a result we are that much closer to the biomedical singularity.

I’ll take a SWAG. Perhaps the perception of the government not solving anything is because of problems that have been with us for 50 years or more. The national debt was a topic during Eisenhower, illegal immigration ever since Reagan and probably before. The economy is always talked about, crime also. Especially the Mafia which we don’t hear much about anymore, but under a different name, organized crime. Drugs, drug lords etc. There’s probably many more that off the top of my head I haven’t mentioned. Numerous problems that gets talked about from when one is young to old age. Problems that never go away or are never solved.

It might be we forget about the problems the government solved. They’re not with us anymore. But these other problems remain forever as if the government isn’t doing a thing about them. I think it’s easy to understand folks having a perception the government never solves anything.

Then when we elect a new president, replace those in power with those out of power, we expect him and those who we elected to replace the old to solve all these problems in a matter of months, if not weeks. When they don’t, we get peeved at them and are ready to boot them out. It becomes the same old, same old nothing ever get solved. Just a SWAG.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.