“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” Barack Obama – June 7, 2013
The answer to the question “Should government be trusted?” is a resounding NO! Government can not and should not be trusted.
Yes this is my thinking … but more importantly it was the thinking of our founding fathers. So much so that they enshrined it into the Constitution and into the Bill of Rights.
The very structure of the Constitution shouts loudly and clearly … “Government can not and should not be trusted!” The federal system of government set up by the Constitution separated power both vertically and horizontally; horizontally in the separated powers of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches; and vertically by separating those powers granted to the national government and those powers granted to the respective states.
As an added protection of individual citizens against government abuse, the Bill of Rights — consisting of 10 amendments — was added as a precondition of ratification; without the Bill of Rights there would not be a constitution as we have known it since 1787.
The writers of the Constitution, and the state legislators who ratified same, understood the nature of man and the nature of government; that governments unchecked tend towards tyranny. We would be wise, these several hundred years hence, to revisit the lessons of history lest tyranny visit our foaming shores and amber waves of grain.
So yes, it is good public, nay citizen policy to distrust government, and in this whirlwind of scandal we have been witnessing we should keep that attitude at the front part of our thinking.
Don Johnson – June 2013