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    'Trust Me'


    It is not as if we have never been warned.

    Our  parents warned us. Our teachers warned us. Our ministers warned us.  Psychologists have warned us. Prosecutors and judges, especially  television judges, have warned us. Talk show hosts with cheating guests  have warned us.

    Yet over and over again it seems we, human beings, never listen.

    The  first words out of someone caught doing something they shouldn't or  someone's other half is caught cheating, it is always the same two  words, "Trust me."

    Americans,  especially voters, seem to throw all caution to the wind every time  some politician answers a question or peppers a speech with those two  problematic words. A defendent or witness in a criminal or civil trial  is immediately suspect, yet jurors seem to ignore the flashing red  letters, as the person sitting in the witness box declares, "Trust me."

    What  is it in the psyche of humanity that seems proned to allow those who  intone as if pontificating from the heavens, "Trust me", to get away  with it?

    In  the past couple of weeks we have had two major players in the world of  politics, in the land of public service, who have in essence pronounced  this dictate to their constituents, "Trust me."

    We  have the case of Governor Chris Christie asking the people of New  Jersey to "trust" him that he is not guilty of any malfeasance or  attempts at bullying or payback.

    We  have the situation with the President of the United States of America,  Barack Obama, without breaking into a smile or a laugh, implore the  American people to "trust" him and even more problematic "trust" the  government with safeguarding our privacy.

    The  latest public servant to walk us down the primrose road of "trust me"  is former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell. Whether McDonnell is  guilty as charged or innocent as the driven snow will come out over the  coming weeks or years. But for the moment, he wants us to "trust" him  that he broke no laws.

    Sadly,  too many will be duped by what we have all been warned is a clear sign  and reason to run the other way. Sadly too many of us will hold our  nose, close our eyes, grin and bear it. Sadly too many of us will once  more fall for those two words which almost never end well - "Trust me."

    I  am not saying that Christie is guilty of being involved directly with  what his underlings have been alleged to have done. I am not saying that  the President does not deep down believe it is possible to safeguard  our privacy while the 4th Amendment is trampled in the name of security.

    What  I am saying is that we should all "trust, but verfiy", as Ronald Reagan  advised. Sadly, too many of us will find it too hard to verify and hope  for the best instead.

    Let's  not go blindly down a road pitted with potholes and think we can escape  the jarring and damage to the undercarriage of our life vehicles.

    From  the Cornfield, when will we learn, especially when it's a politician  who is mouthing the words, "Trust me", to stop, look and listen before  crossing a busy highway into the onrushing traffic?

    How  many more times must we be fooled before there is "reasonable doubt"  when anyone, especially a politician, looks us dead in the eyes and  says, "Trust me"?

    When is enough, enough?

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