Americans are in no mood to accept happy talk.
Most of them have become deeply distrustful — distrustful of government, distrustful of financial companies, distrustful of employers and distrustful of most authority that has derived power in the past by virtue of being big or having elite positions.
"If you want an explanation for Donald Trump, this is it," said Richard Edelman, president of the Edelman public relations firm that has been surveying trust levels for about two decades.
Edelman is alarmed by the recent erosion of trust he uncovered in the U.S. and around the world.
"This is huge," with implications far beyond politics, he told...