In the Declaration of Independence, our country’s founding document, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
So we set up organizations like the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency, to protect us from our enemies. While I was growing up, I was taught that the CIA and the NSA were there to protect us from the communists–the Soviet Union, in particular. We trusted them to protect us.
Now what do they do?
Spy on us. Tamper with our elections. They protect America from Americans. They don’t protect us from communists anymore; they’ve become the communists. They’ve evolved from protectors into predators. A former NSA and CIA director wants to deport us to Afghanistan for supporting President Trump. And some toad in the Justice Dept. wanted to force all small business operators to sign a “pledge” defending the 2020 election as fair and just and pure as the driven snow.
It’s hard to shake off the impression that we are now governed by persons who don’t particularly like us and don’t care whether they have our consent or not. They don’t strike me as the kind of governmental agencies Jefferson had in mind when he wrote the Declaration.
They ought to be working to earn our trust.
Because once it’s lost, it won’t be coming back.