Without Trust

…there can be no foundation upon which our society can stand…

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

~ Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 1, 27 October 1787 (emphasis added)


There is something to be said about the rising level of racial tensions in America.  Some people find it difficult to understand, and others view it as a fact of life.  Whatever one’s opinions on the matter, the more disturbing trend is the increasing stratification of American society.  People no longer trust one another, the authorities, or their own government (be it local, state or federal).  This is alarming in every conceivable way.  How can society function, let alone our government, if people have no trust and faith in it to do what’s right and to do its job?  Because at its core, the great American experiment has always been about whether men could function well enough together to govern themselves.  And right now, it seems like no one believes in that anymore.

If we don’t have the faith in our own system to make it work, it will never work.  The Founding Fathers attempted to set us up for success, but now we are in this one on our own.  We can either let accidents and force and happenstance drive us to our demise, or try to concentrate on doing what’s right and come up out of the ashes once more.  But our destiny is our own choice; even when the choices aren’t what we thought they would be.  Only we can decide the type of nation and people we will be.

Res Publica

Documentation without Representation:

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 1, 27 October 1787


Electronic Text Courtesy of The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

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