By James E. Horn

In reviewing some of my past writings in preparation for some new activities regarding trust, I re-acquainted myself with a couple of comments in my books that are pertinent to many of the people that President Trump is dealing with both within his administration and outside:
I learned long ago that when some people say, “trust me” the next words out of their mouths will assuredly be false. How many people that President Trump has trusted have betrayed him?
Several years ago, a man I was doing business with said “trust me” and proceeded to tell a lie. When I called him out by debunking his “trust me” lies, he reportedly threatened to have me killed. The Deep State denizens of the “swamp” are going all out to destroy President Trump and to drag him down to their levels.
In Iraq, the Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet was told by Ahmed Chalabi, “trust me” and then Chalabi proceeded to play Tenet and George Bush for chumps.
We California Republicans “trusted” our Republicans in the state Senate to represent our interests and we have repeatedly been betrayed by some of them with the result of yet higher taxes, fees, and costs to just live. These same greedy betrayers of we-the-people work against us at just about every turn.
It is imperative that as we move forward with upcoming elections at all levels throughout the state of California and all over the United States, all activists, candidates, and their supporters need to be very skeptical of those who say, “trust me, and trust nobody else”. Whey they make promises, use your good senses to figure out whether the speaker is full of balderdash or just might be serious. The name of the game here is verify, verify, verify again, and demand that they show or demonstrate how they will deliver on these promises.
Actions speak far more profoundly than hollow words and when a “trust me” declaration turns into knives in our backs, and other forms of betrayal, we can be hurt. When one hears “trust me”, don’t be a fool.
President Reagan said it best when he said “TRUST BUT VERIFY”.
I’ve heard one gubernatorial candidate declare that he’d build more roads and schools, fix the infrastructure, improve airports, build more prisons, create more businesses, lower taxes and fees, and more. Did he recognize that California is bankrupt and that all of these magnificent proposals and promises need to be funded from an empty piggy bank?
I’d rather hear a gubernatorial candidate vow to confront crooked politics in the State Assembly, Senate, and the administration; kill the overly corrupt school unions, do away with the hundreds of “commissions” that employ retired political hacks at high salaries to do nothing, and reduce the billions of unfunded liabilities.

About James E. Horn

Retired American Diplomat served in American embassies and consulates for 25-years, ten in Islamic societies. I am not a fan of Islam. I do public speaking and have books listed.

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