A matter of Trust

Professor Sowell describes the modern delimma about trust in government and some of its risks and some of the consequences we have seen already.

“we do not have a choice whether to trust or not to trust government officials. Unless we are willing to risk anarchy or terrorism, the most we can do is set up checks and balances within government — and be a lot more careful in the future than we have been in the past when deciding whom to elect.?”

“More than 50,000 Americans lost their lives winning battles on the ground in Vietnam, only to have the war lost politically back home. We seem to be having a similar scenario unfolding today in Iraq, where soldiers won the war, only to have politicians lose the peace, as Iraq now increasingly aligns itself with Iran.”

It may be that the trust in government is not so much the issue as a trust in the people. The dumping of Vietnam after winning the war was a political sop to those afraid of the draft who used idealism of peace as a rationalization for their fears. The situation in the mid-east is beginning to look like Europe in the 30’s, including the Spanish civil war where the actual price of peace ideologies over liberty and freedom took many lives to clarify. It is the people who select and drive their government and if they do not exercise that power properly, they get a government that abuses their trust and their freedoms.

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