Column: Hoosiers anything but powerless against detached state government

Two recent political studies hit the news recently, seeming to point us in different directions. One, from Princeton University, suggested that average Americans are powerless over the political process. The other, from CNN International, found that only 13 percent of us trust the government to do what is right always or most of the time.

You should bet that last will dictate the politics of the future — in Indiana, at least.

Why? Because every couple of generations going back, say, to Richard II of England, we catch up with the political elite — we figure out which walnut shell covers the pea. It is neither guesswork nor any particular genius, merely the same trick being played one too many times on an intelligent and watchful mark.

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