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L. Neil Smith's
Number 415, April 29, 2007

"How come our country is such a paradox?"


by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.

Credit The Libertarian Enterprise

This is the big one, the one you can't get back without a lot of hard work and contrition if you unwisely decide to break it. With us (Libertarians) a loss of trust is much more significant than it is with say, Democrats—who want to hug-a-thug, take away everyone's ability to protect themselves, and have us pay for the privilege. The ability to "hug" someone who has killed a defenseless person, sidesteps around trust to insanity. A Libertarian gives trust; until you have betrayed it, and then the deal is off baby, don't bother trying to regain that trust without work. A Libertarian trusts his gun; he has cared for it and maintained it so that he can trust it when he needs it most—when it's life or death. We have people in this country that still trust the Federal Government to be benign towards its citizens, this is preposterous. The Federal Government has it's own agenda just like a corporation or company would, and believe me it only benefits you the taxpayer out of the slightest coincidence, most of the money seized by the government in the form of fines, taxes, levees, licensing, and outright seizure simply stays within the juggernaut—circulating like blood in a body.

Trust is an important item when Americans view marriage, why not with their representation?

Trust is paramount when seeking a babysitter, but conspicuously absent at the voting place.

Trust is top of the list when choosing a financial institution, but Americans trust the government to cover their deposits, is that smart?

Our representatives become entrenched in office, living in a city where the first rule is trust no one, and they serve longer than the President.

Americans trust their President to put their best interests first, the same man who starts a war creating hundreds of American veterans, and then slashes benefits and support for those very same veterans.

Ask any married couple, trust is a biggie, sometimes more important than love, but it takes constant care and maintenance, similar to a gun.

I think that Americans at the voting places next year should reconsider each of their decisions based on trust, how many bills would be passed? If we had to trust our representatives like we trust family who would there be to vote for?

I have seen my trust violated in my personal life many times over the years, there hasn't been a year go by that someone is no longer welcome because I can't trust them. This is a hard area of character for the Libertarian, when does the betrayal of trust become an initiation of force? Don't you have to handle each betrayal on a case-by-case basis? No two of us will agree on the same dividing line, but we all will agree on one thing, the betrayal of trust needs to be considered more important than it is currently. I don't trust the government, but I don't have to, the government has to trust me not to do away with it. We don't have to trust those in office, but wouldn't it be something if because they again feared for their jobs, we could trust them?

Just a thought.

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