For at least the past 40 years people have been seeking elective office by bashing the very institutions and agencies they were seeking to be a part of or even to head. As the old joke says: They claim government doesn’t work and, every once in a while, they get elected and prove it. People in both parties have proven it many times. With each proof and/or major mess-up, the level of understanding of and support for government has fallen.
If there can be any positive outcomes from our current health crisis, I hope that one will be a broader recognition that we need effective government.