The first priority of any government is self-preservation.
The second priority of any government is enrichment of the people running the government.
There is no third priority.
Anything governments do that actually helps people is really designed to keep that government in power and/or enrich the people running the government.
Governments never work for the people. The people work for the government.
In the eyes of the government, its citizens are expendable. The only time citizens are not expendable is when they’re needed to protect the government or enrich the people running the government.
It’s a simple system. It only requires citizens to remain unaware of their real purpose. Loyalty and patriotism are ways to convince citizens to sacrifice their own lives for the good of their government.
When was the last time any government risked destruction to protect the lives of its citizens?
You can never trust any government because it’s impossible to legislate away corruption, greed, and selfishness.
You can only trust people. The moment people become part of any government, they’ll only do a good job based on their own moral and ethical values, which is impossible to predict or control through legislation. Making laws can never eliminate the worst parts of human behavior.
Therefore the whole purpose of Congress, which makes laws, is meaningless if they don’t define the moral and ethical values of the nation at the same time.
Governments are only as moral as the people running them. To run a government intelligently, the people running that government must be intelligent and rational.
Most governments are not intelligent or rational because most people are not intelligent or rational.
People get the governments they accept. If the people’s standards are low, then the government’s standards will be equally low.
Ultimately, people are in control of the world, but only if they recognize this fact and exercise their power to choose.
It’s all up to you.