For the Idaho Statesman, Scott Yenor reflects on trust in government and how efforts to limit government might reestablish that trust.
After a 75-year period mostly dominated by a drift from the Constitution, a return to the principles of 1787 is now a common, and entirely healthy, feature of America’s political conversation.
This reflects a diagnosis: Trust in our governments has declined as we have drifted from the Constitution. The more power we have invested in the executive, the less executives are able to deliver. The more state, local and national governments breach their proper limits, the less effective governments are, as they are taking on tasks of which they are incapable. The more intricate and detailed our regulations, the more those regulations favor the connected few.