July 4, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 11

People in the US have a distrust in government

Guest Commentary

Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government.

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That’s not an altogether bad thing. Our nation’s founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, “government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.”

Because of their fear of abuse, the Constitution’s framers sought to keep the federal government limited in its power. Their distrust of Congress is seen in the governing rules and language used throughout our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is explicit in that distrust, using language such as Co...

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