Most intelligent people in America have little or no trust in any branch of the government in my experience. For me, it has mostly to do with the lying, the cover-ups, the double-standards, the foreign violence, the ill-spent tax money, the large-scale corruption, the commodification, the unholy alliance between government, corporate, media and banking powers, the patronizing mannerisms of the right and the grinning apathy of the left, the money we throw into fascist regimes in third-world countries, our blackly humourous sense of freedom, our complete intolerance of autonomy and resistance in other countries, our push for capitalist globalization, et cetera ad nauseum.

What few powers 'we the people' possess, such as the right to vote, do little to alleviate my nagging worry that the government is just getting worse. I have to muster a great deal of self-denial just to act like I'm interested at all in any of the nation's elections, since the voting machines seem completely illegitimate anyway and there is no hope of any real nation-wide change on the horizon. Some might lie to themselves, sure, or feign interest, but I think it's a truism that the intelligent idealists in America who's bread isn't buttered by any arm of the establishment couldn't care less about the election and see everything headed in a downward spiral. I do try and remain positively hopeful about it all when I can, there is a flicker of hope but it's far removed from any American bureaucratic institution.

Still, many of the people I meet don't seem very intelligent, are uninformed of even the most historically recent travesties our government has committed, are ignorant of media's role in an informed society and how dysfunctional it happens to be, care little for the well-being of those in other countries... and also seem genuinely interested in the election (go figure).

Sorry for the derail in my response, though. I would say yes, the government is too secretive - not that it matters anymore, since even the most horrible bits of news it lets out seem to disappear from the collective consciousness. The true enemy of America is America.