As we approach what is considered to be a very important election, can we not help wonder no matter who wins, if that person will have the confidence of the nation t to put forward whatever solutions are deemed best to solve the thorny problems that hound us.
As a person who grew up with one president in office the first 14 years of my life, I knew trust in the Federal government was a given in that period. Hollywood films took on a hallowed tone when the White House and halls of Congress were shown in films. And overall, that mood prevailed until the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The subsequent investigation raised more questions than it answered, and a similar situation arose when Robert Kenned was assassinated 5 years late, and in the interim, Martin Luther King was sent to an early grave.
Subsequent analysis of sound recordings have shown that initial investigations missed key evidence in the Kennedy killings, while officially the Federal government has not acknowledged subsequent discoveries, and left exotically unbelievable explanations to remain in tact.
Then came Watergate, and President Nixon resigned rather than face a most likely successful impeachment proceeding against him. Confidence in our elected officials fell further
The outcome of this is the sad history is the escalating erosion of confidence in our elected officials, which has been greatly exacerbated by disclosures of how the administration of George W Bush misled the nation to engage in a war 6 years in running and that has now no end in sight. Moreover, whereas during the Vietnam war, a military officer proclaimed of a village in Vietnam, “We had to destroy it in order to save it”, now our government takes the same position with our Constitution, and with its actions, shows that it believes it must destroy freedom in order to save it .
How many crimes have been committed by officials of the current administration may never be known, but should such crimes come to light, we face a further erosion of confidence in our officials and institutions. And that raises the question of how we should proceed. There are those who even now clamor for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. And it is probably wise that such action is not taken.
To hold our nation together, it will probably best to wipe the slate clean after this past eight years, lest the rounds of partisan retaliation be escalated and our government be ground to halt with increasing attempts by both parties each to retaliate against the other.
Perhaps we can get to a place where we can all work together to rebuild trust and confidence in government before our problems overwhelm us.