It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in [politicians] to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism — free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.

Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions

The question for me is, why are we so apt to trust policy makers? Its as if people have been taught this attitude of complete compliance to the will of the administrators of government, even while professing a disdain for them. Utterly mind boggling.Via Sheldon Richman writing at Reason.