Should we trust an artificial construct that is subject to hostile acquisition every two years, knowing that the acquirer of the construct will use it not only to distribute the spoils to his allies, but also to destroy his opponents?
This was a question I just posed in response to a question posted by a classmate of mine on Facebook. His question was “Mommy. Should I trust government?” The cynic in me wanted to blurt out “hell no”, but at 7:00am that would not be a reasoned response, albeit an understandable one.
I don’t think it is a matter of trusting government versus a matter of government meeting certain expectations about its duties. Trust, to me at least, implies some emotional investment in a relationship. You trust that your wife doesn’t screw around on you, even though you may have no rational reasoning that can support an argument as to why she shouldn’t.
On the other hand I expect a share of stock to do well. I invest in it for its growth and income. If it doesn’t meet those needs, I dump it and invest in something else.
Government, like the stock, is not human. It’s an automaton. Depending on the rules, certain outcomes are expected. Citizens, unfortunately, are not well versed in the implicit or explicit rules of government. They make the mistake of trusting it based on their projection of their own passion-based rules; rules they may practice in their own households that are not applicable to the real world of government.
Nothing surprises me about government because I know the rules. I don’t trust government. I have certain expectations about certain outcomes so that no matter where a decision falls, I don’t get emotional and lose precious sleep.