Good Reason #1
No longer can we...

trust our government to do the right thing

Someone says he wants to run my life,
don't know what he's asking . . .
He can't even run his own life,
I'll be damned if he'll run mine!

—Harry Nilsson

The fact is, I am now convinced,
AIDS is not a disease at all—
it is a government program.

—Tom Bethell, researcher, Hoover Institute

It is no news to most Net surfers, let alone to Americans in general, that "something is rotten" in the state of the union. If one can get past the recent litany of atrocities perpetrated and defended by the government (the Iranian crises, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Gulf War Illness, the Iraqi crisis, and countless allegations of wrong doing, etc.), one can see that this type of activity is merely part of a long, unchanging pattern.

Here are some of the more outrageous examples:

FDR knew of Japan's plan to bomb Pearl Harbor but did nothing so that he could stampede America into World War II.

One of FDR’s top aides wrote that the Roosevelt Administration intentionally designed New Deal programs to violate the Constitution.

The CIA has conducted mind-control experiments on children for at least 40 years.

The U.S. Public Health Service ran a 50-year study of syphilis involving black males students at Tuskegee University without their knowledge.

In April 1997, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that more than 840 of its employees had been involved in "wide-spread electronic snooping on taxpayers." Twenty-three were fired and another 349 disciplined for the illegal activity.

Disclosures like these hit at the heart of the American people's trust. An April 1995 Gallup Poll found that 39 percent of Americans think the federal government "poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans."

In a U.S. News and World Report survey, 58 percent of the respondents said that the people who run the country are "not very much or not at all" like themselves.

In 1954, a University of Michigan National Elections Study asked, "In a time of need, do you believe that the U.S. Government will do the right thing for you?’ Of the people polled, 73 percent thought that the government will do the right thing "most of the time": by ‘94, that number dropped to 8.73 percent. In ’54, 22 percent said the government will "always" do the right thing: forty years later that number had decreased to less than 2 percent.

In 1988, the New York Times got involved with the survey. Two years later, CNN did also. The poll, which has taken place every other year since ’54, has worsened almost consistently. What do YOU think?

A Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University Survey Project confirmed this dismal verdict with its own poll in 1996: 71 percent of the 1,514 random-sample adults polled gave the same response as those in the NES study.

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