Just 19 percent of Americans say they trust the government, which would seem to call for a blockbuster election, such as the one we had exactly a century ago, when both candidates offered sweeping plans for public renewal. (Illustration by Andy J. Miller | Column by Edward Glaeser on Bloomberg View)

Just 19 percent of Americans say they trust the government, which would seem to call for a blockbuster election, such as the one we had exactly a century ago, when both candidates offered sweeping plans for public renewal. (Illustration by Andy J. Miller | Column by Edward Glaeser on Bloomberg View)