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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Airport Controversy Signals Loss of Confidence in Government


“The latest controversy to envelop the Obama administration is only partly about the specific rules governing body scanners and pat-downs. It has to do, too, with the federal agency Congress created to deal with airline security and the tension that has been building for years between its latex-gloved employees and the traveling public. In this way, the ‘Don’t touch my junk’ fiasco raises, yet again, what has become the central theme of Mr. Obama’s presidency: America’s faltering confidence in the ability of government to make things work.” (New York Times)

“[I]t would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism — free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.” –Thomas Jefferson

FEE Timely Classic
“Is the Problem Really Too Little Trust in Government?” by Charles Johnson