During a recent Congressional Hearing on Executive Authority, Congress provides clear evidence that Barack Hussein Obama has assumed the role of a Dictator…
Trust ain’t what it used to be in America.
Back in 1972, when the folks conducting the General Social Survey first asked a sampling of Americans if they trusted their countrymen, about half said they did.
Last year, when the same research outfit asked the same set of questions, only a third of our fellow Americans said they trusted one another.
The GSS folks found that Americans — black and white, rich or poor — are more leery, suspicious, and mistrustful of others than ever before.
As long as the General Social Survey itself can be trusted, it both confirms and contradicts what my eyes and ears have been telling me for years.
On one hand, the survey found that about two-thirds of Americans believe “you can’t be too careful” dealing with others. The Associated Press followed up this year with a poll on some specifics.
Americans say they don’t trust other drivers not to crash into them.
They say they don’t trust the retail clerks who swipe their credit cards.
They say they don’t trust the people they meet when they are traveling.
The GSS didn’t bother to ask if we trusted the government or Wall Street or the mainstream news media. The AP found that 81 percent of Americans seldom trust the government in Washington.
No one needs a survey to discover that most of us believe those big American institutions can’t be trusted.
It’s also understandable why so many Americans, especially the young, don’t trust our leaders and social institutions like marriage, the church, and the family.
A lot of young people have fallen out of trust with President Obama lately, for good reason. Ditto for churches.
And after seeing so many marriages break up, why would a young person trust her own marriage to last? Better to not get married in the first place.
Despite the survey results, however, the real problem might be that too many Americans — especially young ones — are actually too trusting in some ways.
Too many people of all ages still blindly trust that what they see on TV and the Internet is true. But when it comes to social media, kids — and too many of their parents — are incredibly trusting and naive.
By the millions, they post their personal data and deepest thoughts on Facebook. They email each other. They sext love notes to each other. They send out compromising selfies on their smart phones.
These over-trusting souls tell the whole world where they live, what they own, and when they’re going away on vacation — and then they’re shocked to come home to a robbed and ransacked house.
In the Smart Phone Age, when everyone with an iPhone thinks he’s a news reporter, trusting everyone in the room or on the street with your secret or your politically incorrect opinion is a dumb idea.
Ask Mitt Romney. Ask Prince Harry. Ask Alec Baldwin.
It’s pretty clear that technology and social media have outrun our ability to handle them. Until we get a grip on them, until we learn to use them maturely, we shouldn’t trust them so much.
So who do we trust? We trust the people and institutions who earn our trust. And if no one is earning it, we have to learn to trust ourselves. I hope we still know how to do that.
Just over a year after a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, another American was reportedly shot and killed in the Libyan city Thursday.
Reports from the region indicate that a teacher from Texas was jogging in the general vicinity of the former attack when he was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. This tragic development illustrates the area’s persistently hostile environment.
As of this writing, no person or group has come forward to take credit for the murder; however, militant Muslims in the region have long been responsible for the majority of such violence. The presence of armed militias throughout Libya has increased precipitously since the assassination of Moammar Gadhafi two years ago.
It was for that reason U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sought additional security just prior to the raid that killed him and three other Americans Sept. 11, 2012. The incident has plagued the Obama administration since, as many feel Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to act preemptively to secure the embassy and did not provide resources for the victims in the aftermath of the attack.
Had the administration responded appropriately, detractors contend, American lives might have been saved.
In response to the scandal, the administration has been conspicuously unforthcoming. Numerous questions remain unanswered as Benghazi remains a potentially deadly place for any American.
Signaling a complete disconnect from reality, the State Department has yet to provide any real evidence of increased security at any of America’s embassies in unfriendly parts of the world. Instead, officials have decided to spend millions on art in less contentious areas.
In fact, the State Department spent $1 million this year on a single work – a pile of rocks titled “Wall of Light Cubed 2” – now on display at the London embassy.
Still, amid reports that witnesses to last year’s attack are being prevented from sharing their stories, the administration refuses to address the issue head on. With the violent murder of another American very near the same location, millions of outraged patriots continue to demand accountability.
Obama’s many scandals come and go, due in large part to sycophantic media outlets dutifully obfuscating relevant information. The public outrage regarding Benghazi, however, is different.
With identifiable victims and a demonstrable lack of action from the White House and State Department, this egregious atrocity deserves to plague all involved for the remainder of their (hopefully short) careers.
–B. Christopher Agee
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