A pair of Gallup polls released last month revealed some interesting insights about Americans’ views on their government.

In the first, a whopping 75 percent of Americans feel that corruption is “widespread throughout the government in this country.” Gallup notes a number of scandals, from the Internal Revenue Service going after conservative organizations under the Obama administration to the Department of Justice’s firing of a number of attorneys, allegedly for political reasons, during George W. Bush’s administration.

If that were not enough, a separate Gallup poll found that 49 percent of Americans think the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

When asked an open-ended question about what ways the government constituted a threat to citizens’ rights and freedoms, the most common responses were that the government is too big or there are too many laws (19 percent); violations of freedoms or civil liberties (15 percent); gun control or Second Amendment violations (12 percent); and too much involvement in people’s private lives (10 percent).

Others voiced concerns about violations of First Amendment speech and religious freedoms, government surveillance of citizens and police violence.

Considering the government’s corruption, scandals and abuses of American citizens’ rights we see on an almost daily basis, Americans’ increasing distrust of their government is justified. It is our hope that they will use the energy stemming from this frustration and outrage to demand that the government be slashed back to its core functions and hold public officials to a higher standard.

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