I’ve been eagerly awaiting George Will’s next column. It has arrived.

It doesn’t disappoint, but you have to connect the dots – the first half and the second half do not obviously fit together. But they do fit together, and they fit in an important way. It’s brilliant.

Read it first, before continuing.

Will’s thesis is spot on: at some point we must trust the government. But to do so – to trust the government – the government must not repeatedly do stupid things that violate that trust. And that means the individuals that comprise government, doing whatever they do, however large or small they are, must not violate that trust. I dare say there is a vacuum of trust and non-stupidity right now in DC and in all the other seats of government power throughout the country.

-JD Cross