According to a recent ABC news poll, confidence in government is at a 35 year low.  

Most people in this country seem to treat our government like some sort of spectator sport.  They just watch and complain.  But this is our government; of the people, by the people and for the people.  One of the greatest things we've been given with our government – the fact that it is ours – is one thing so many people just discard.  If we will just wake up to a new day, remember that this is our government, and we all start taking action, that confidence in government will soar.