I Suspect My Government Will Not Do The Right Thing; I Hope They Protect Me.
National Security Studies
DANIEL P CORBIN, NH-4, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
KELLY MORRIS, PRIMARY FACULTY ADVISOR
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces
National Defense University
Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319-5062
The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not reflect
the official policy or position of the National Defense University,
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
I distrust my government and have a strong belief that, left to its own devices, it will not do the right thing. However, I believe more strongly in the system that authorizes me and my fellow citizens to check, influence, and remove that government either by voting or through means otherwise contemplated by the Founding Fathers and implicitly granted by the Constitution. Based on this distrust, can they protect me?
The United States has become the most powerful nation in the world by most recognized measures. The strength of this country comes from...
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...tions the President believes necessary for the nation’s defense and security. The theory of our government is that the will of the people shall prevail over the power of the government; this is appropriate only if all participants know what they are doing. In balance, I believe the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. So can the government protect me? It can if I remain informed, engaged, and active in the government’s pursuit of the right thing.
Aaron L. Friedberg, In the Shadow of the Garrison State : America's Anti-Statism and its Cold War Grand Strategy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000), 63.
Clinton Rossiter, ed., The Federalist Papers (New York: New American Library, 2003), 546.
Jerel A. Rosati and James A. Scott, The Politics of United States Foreign Policy (Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2011) , 329-338.
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