Trust is a powerful thing, but once lost is difficult to regain. The problem is that for many on the normal side of the political/social bell curve, trust is reflexive, because we ascribe our own views on appropriate conduct to those on the other end of that curve. Even one of our more successful politicians, whose suggestion that we “trust, but verify” is axiomatic, trusted, didn’t verify, and we got the The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and look how well that turned out.
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We trust and trust and trust. Or maybe we are willfully blind to the reality of our political enemies, that they are corrupt beyond measure, and will do and say anything to achieve their goals.
A more reasonable mantra would be, “Hope for the best but plan for the worst,” because I can’t seem to remember any significant political or social compromise from which we didn’t get the absolute worst.
Winston Churchill was vilified for his harsh evaluations of Adolph Hitler, right up until Hitler did exactly what Churchill had long predicted. Can one argue after the fact with his estimation of Hitler?
If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
That is a man who is confident that he understands his enemies.
Until we channel Sir Winston and expect the Democrats and their Brown Shirts to behave the way they always have and the way they say they will, we will continue to lose ground in the battle for America.