"In the end, if the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost."
- Senator Barack Obama
Seldom does everything come together at the same time to reflect a systemic issue, in such an undeniable way, that only the truly perverted or inept cannot recognize the problem.
Over the past few weeks, one glaring systemic failure after another has been revealed, at a multitude of locations, and at various levels within the government. These systemic problems have collectively shined a flood light on numerous flaws in our systems of governance, and those overt problems all have one main reality running through them all.
That undeniable reality is that the state cannot police the state, or any associates of the state. The state also cannot remain objective, or free from conflicts of interests, which ultimately hinders the state from reaching just outcomes, especially for the citizens it supposedly "serves".
From the "Investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police
" (which is not unlike other large metropolitan police forces, both in tactics, records, and outcomes), to the abysmal farces known as grand jury trials, to the latest, "Senate Committee Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program
" (which can only be summed up as a complete deviation of ethics and morals, on such an obscene level, it sickens me to speak of).
One thing is crystal clear, the government does not hold itself accountable for assaults upon the rights of human beings, or for the deadly assaults upon a human being's livelihood or life; not even if those human beings are recognized as United States citizens by this government.
How can an institution of governance be trusted if it merely rules with an iron fist, disregards the lives of the citizens it victimizes, imposes unjustified laws without democratic authority, and is unwilling to hold any of its members to the same standards the citizens are held to?
How can we trust the government when the only one sitting in jail for the use of torture, as admitted to by the government, is the man (John Kiriakou
) who blew the whistle on the torture taking place over seven years ago? How is that justice?
What public good was served to society by lying to the public about torture, while placing a man seeking accountability in jail for exposing liars within the state on their use of torture? How absolutely revolting, but how typical of the government over the past 70-90 years, perhaps it has always been this way.
What hope can citizens reach for when the state decides to avoid transparency and accountability, but feverishly works to further opaque their activities, and hide behind rhetoric instead of taking responsibility for their actions? Why are numerous laws going on the books in states to make filming police a crime? How is a public good being served by denying transparency of the state's actions?
If no public good is being served by the laws, governance, or actions of the state - then that state has become a self-serving institution, and poses an extreme danger to the recognition of our universal rights, and even a danger to our well being - why would I hold any trust in such an institution?