But what "authority figures" do you believe in, if I might ask.
I believe in those with a track record for truthful statements, though there are not too many of them, I admit. And even then I judge every claim they make.
For example, Dennis Kucinich or Russ Feingold or Ron Paul. That does not mean I agree with every philosophy they might espouse, but I give considerable weight to their statements, all things considered.
I believe Lawrence Wilkerson, former aide to Colin Powell. I do NOT believe Powell himself, for his track record is clearly one of deception.
There are a handful of elected officials who seem fairly trustworthy, but it's a small number.