Americans’ distrust of the US government has reached unprecedented levels as a result of the National Security Agency’s phone spying program along with recent revelations that Hillary Clinton used private servers for official emails, according to a former US governor.
“Frankly, there’s never been a time in my lifetime where people are more distrustful of government,” said Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a US presidential candidate from the Republican Party.
Huckabee blamed the NSA and its bulk phone records collection program as a major reason for people’s distrust of the Obama administration. “If this is so effective, why hasn’t it foiled potential terrorist plots?” he asked on Fox News Sunday.
“Not one [foiled plot] has been tied to the NSA’s collection of metadata. … It seems like we’re spending billions of dollars on the whiz-bang technology and not enough on human resources, which have proven to be the most effective way of stopping terrorism,” he stated.
Huckabee noted that the NSA’s widespread phone-data collection program reveals the lack of transparency by both President Barack Obama and former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“The secrecy with which this government has operated, and specifically Hillary Clinton operating outside State Department protocol is extremely troubling,” he said.
Huckabee also noted that Americans are concerned about the US Supreme Court now having too much authority because the high-court’s decisions have become law without the checks and balances of the legislative and executive branches.
Most Americans remain dissatisfied about government dysfunction and the country’s economic problems, according to the latest opinion polls.
Gallup's May 6-10 poll found that 14 percent of Americans name the dysfunction in Washington as the top problem facing their country.