As someone with libertarian leanings, I've never especially looked to institutions for answers. But this is troubling, nonetheless:
The only major institution to have gained a statistically significant about of trust since 2000 is the military, which is now the most trusted major institution in the country .
In all other insitutions except the military -- the scientific community, medicine, all three branches of the federal government, education, organized religion, financial institutions, major companies, organized labor and the press -- less than 50 percent of Americans now express confidence. Even if we get our economic confidence back and start spending our way back out of the recession, where do we go as a nation if we don;t have faith in anything anymore?