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When Citizens Threaten the Establishment

November 3, 2016

NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham writes for Townhall:

The outcome of this presidential election will not change the fact that the United States is experiencing an internal Thucydides Trap -- a reference to how the emerging power of Athens struck fear in the heart of the established power in Sparta, sparking the ancient Peloponnesian War. 

According to Gallup polling, trust in government to do the right thing "all or most of the time" has reached its lowest point in more than 50 years. The increasingly informed American public is an emerging power that threatens the establishment. 

This is not a tax inspired, tea-in-the-harbor routine. No, this situation is a result of political elites -- a mosaic of Republican and Democrat bureaucrats, media clingers and financiers -- taking for granted the security of the United States, and then trying to hide it from the governed. 

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