This section deals with the public’s trust in “our government.” The signers of the Declaration of Independence said: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” But I am not so much concerned with the “Form of Government” as I am with its function. As I understand it, “consent of the governed” means the populace either trusts the government or we don’t.
This begs the question: “Do we, the people, trust our government?”
Form follows function in my world, and I can live happily with any form of government that is egalitarian and holds everyone equal under the same set of laws. The essays in this section deal with double standards and inequities which I see as allowing plutocracy to rule the United States via a de facto aristocracy. Your comments are most welcome.