Foreign Affairs Law Politics

Don’t Trust Your Government

I have never considered myself a conspiracy theorist, however as a student of history, one thing that I have learned is that if you’re a wise citizen you don’t trust your government. While likely not the first case of the US government lying to the American people, one of the first I learned about was then Representative Lincoln’s protestation against the Mexican-American War. It seems that President Polk had trumped up some allegations against members of the Mexican military to try to take more land from the nation of Mexico. Lincoln thought that the government was lying about the reasons for and the start of the war, and he demanded the truth.

Perhaps a more famous example would be the beginnings of the Spanish-American War, which saw a non-event as the spark for a war between our country and a major European power. Then President McKinley proved powerless to stop a war that was created by yellow journalism, and helped along by an aggressive and upwardly mobile Assistant Secretary of the Navy by the name of Theodore Roosevelt. Once again, the government used deception to get Americans on board with the idea of going to war with the Spanish.

twoquotesSimilarly, the Gulf of Tonkin incident(s) seems in retrospect to have been more likely the product of an aggressive administration than of an “unplanned” spark to start a war.

More recently, the government has lied to us about the IRS, the NSA, the State Department’s long train of abuses, Benghazi, Fast and the Furious gun running operations, and more.

Even with all of these distortions, exaggerations, and outright lies, the average American still thinks that we should always give the government the benefit of the doubt. Well, I for one am done with all that. From now on when my first instinct is “the government wouldn’t do that,” I will automatically assume they have until I can be convinced of their innocence. The government does not have the same right to the assumption of innocence that an American citizen does, so I will look suspiciously on the government’s assurances of innocence from now on.

Recently we have been given another reason to worry that our government has been lying to us when someone broke into the law offices of State Department whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn.  If the allegations made by Fedenisn prove to be true then the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a cesspool of scandal, bribery, and cover-up. The eventual outgrowth of these scandals will definitely impact the Americans voters’ feeling about Mrs. Clinton. She’s already taken some serious damage from the Benghazi scandal, and this latest round of abuses cannot help. The only way she can keep from having her image tarnished is if the State Department investigation were to simply go away. trust-the-government-tshirtSo it is very interesting that this law firm would see a break in that focuses on files and a couple of computers when in the words of the firm, “It’s a crazy, strange and suspicious situation… It’s clear to me that it was somebody looking for information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can’t think of any other case where someone would go to these great lengths to get our information.”

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki denies that the State Department had any involvement in the break in: “Any allegation that the Department of State authorized someone to break into Mr. Schulman’s law firm is false and baseless.”

If you recognize the name Jen Psaki it’s because she recently lied to us about Secretary of State John Kerry’s whereabouts during the military led coup in Egypt. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up…

Do yourselves a favor folks, don’t trust your government.

 

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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