Accession Number : AD0778909

Title :   Recent Erosion of Public Confidence in Government.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Cohen,Richard D.

Report Date : 04 JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The confidence of the American public in their government has eroded seriously in recent years due to unwarranted and unjustified secrecy, lying by government officials and the impression that government officials are misleading the public through news manipulation. While such tactics are not new in our country, they run counter to the ideals and values that this democracy was based upon. With present techniques of information gathering, processing and transmission, such attempts at chicanery have less chance of success today than in former years. Each instance discovered heightens public skepticism. The implications for the military are serious. The profession of arms in a democracy depends on the trust and support of the people. As agents of the executive branch, those charged with the defense of the country may find their effectiveness limited by being included in the general disaffection. (Author)

Descriptors :   *United States government, Public opinion, Military forces(United States)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE