Trust is a central element in any democracy. Citizens give up a certain amount of power over their own lives in the belief that the government will act in their interests. Without trust, people become unwilling to cede power to government. Without trust, government itself eventually becomes ineffective, or provokes active conflict, as people lose confidence that leaders will be able to fulfill their responsibilities. Government statements come to be viewed as meaningless propaganda.
In this extreme situation, government policies designed to promote the long-term health of the society are ignored as individuals worry about their own immediate well-being. The social fabric that holds the society together begins to unravel. This occurred in the late years of the Soviet Union when there was an extraordinarily high degree of cynicism toward the government. The government of Louis XVI was almost universally mistrusted before the French Revolution. At the time of the American Revolution the colonists lost trust in the British Parliament.
==It Could Happen Here (Bruce Judson)
Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.
Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are all guilty until proven innocent.
Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.