Trustworthy government?

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.

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Comment by Nicolas Guillermo on November 22, 2008 at 11:45pm

Comment by Nicolas Guillermo on November 22, 2008 at 11:43pm
No it can't buddy. You don't know that. Ask a political science major. Initiatives have to be approved by the supreme court of each state before they can be on the ballot anyway. The whole system that convinced you people are not smarter than the government , is the same system your worried about. We create a co-intelligence by discussing the issues. That way we know what will best PROTECT the constitution and what will end corruption by law. We can stop gerrymandering for example . clean elections, IRV, end eminent domain, ban RFID chips . GET THE PICTURE! Politics is a 2 way sword when we don't use direct democracy. Every bad initiative, had backing by powerful people, check your facts. People dont have power because we are not organized and educated on how to make direct democracy work for the peoples benefit. Go to to awaken your mind. People are smarter than politicians. Lobbying doesn't work! Praying wont stop inflation, ending corporate welfare will, and that can be designed as a constitutional amendment. WAKE UP. THERE IS DANGER IN CONFORMITY! CONFORMITY IS SLAVERY! FREE YOUR MIND!
Comment by Frederick W. Gardner on November 11, 2008 at 10:52am
Unfortunately, the initiative process is a 2 way sword. By such a process, the Constitution could be revoked, and any number of well intentioned but faulty proposals put into law.
Comment by Nicolas Guillermo on November 10, 2008 at 11:12pm
We can hold the government accountable. If only we unite to control the ballot initiative process for the people, we can create constitutional amendments, referendums and RECALL politicians when they disobey our trust!
Join - help create the revolution, give the people the power to control OUR initiative process and change policy by the will of the voters! The initiative process can be an excellent way to educate voters on issues and let them vote for solutions! Venture capital needed, please review the program at
Comment by Cosmostrologer on August 14, 2008 at 12:39am
Frederick W. Gardner,
I totally acknowledge your concern in this perdicament. It was one of the first troubles I arouse to after watching this movie called Zeitgeist. I love you take in this. I would love to exchange ideas with you. I want to help this planet as much as I can. Step one for me is the community which involves the government that controls it. I have been protesting our very own minds to consider that what is in this move Zeitgeist is true. I absolutely love your idea of somehow putting trust back into the government. I am already present to thousands of ways of doing this. I would love to get a community together to do so. I am already starting to do this in my forum entitled Zeitgeist where you can watch the 2 hour movie as well as visiting I understand that for some this movie will only increase their distrust towards the government as it did mine. I want to be more accepting than to push our government away. I want to be of service to this country via my(in colaboration with others) mind. If you would like to participate in my forum it might get the ball rolling as no one has currently participated in it. Check it out. Tell me what you think. And let me know what you are doing so I can take part in it as well. Lets get together and take our power back!
Comment by Dick Samson on June 24, 2008 at 12:14pm
This certainly captures the trend toward distrust of Washington, particularly of the Presidency and intelligence/defense establishments, now rooted in secrecy and therefore inviting suspicion and distrust. Maybe we're reached a point of diminishing returns: the original advantages of the secrecy and covert actions are now overwhelmed by growing disadvantages, including --
* out-of-control black-budget projects;
* counterproductive rivalries between the various military, intelligence, and defense-contractor projects, each with their own separate, guarded secrets;
* erosions of freedom;
* huge mis-allocations and waste of public money; and
* public distrust threatening to undermine the democracy.

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