What events caused voters to lose faith in the political system and the nation's leaders in the late 1960s and 1970s?

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy in late 1963 and the conspiracy theories that almost immediately began to swirl around the official version of events (and which have never gone away) planted the first seed of what became wholesale unrest and disillusion in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But the single great cause of loss of faith in leadership was the government's handling of the war in Vietnam.

As it became increasingly evident that top officials were blatantly lying about the progress of the war and that US troops were being unnecessarily killed in a conflict that was being badly mishandled, citizens became increasingly restive. People simply don't like to die or have their sons sent to die for reasons they don't understand in a war that seems to be managed by immoral incompetents. Added to this, the way the draft was handled seemed arbitrary and unfair.

What added a great deal of fuel to the fire was the almost back to back assassination of two admired leaders, the Reverend...

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