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It makes sense to me that if you believe in “we the people” that this has to start from a base of trust. It appears to me with all of the voter ID initiatives taking place in this country that Republicans/conservatives are having a problem with “we the people”. “We the people” can be trusted to participate in the free market, participate in this Democracy, and to not only be responsible citizens to bear arms but to sell and purchase arms at unregulated gun shows.

Yes, “we the people” can be trusted in all of these human endeavors but we cannot be trusted to vouch for another citizen or participate in a court room out our back door in a state court as a member of a jury.

If we believe in “we the people” then does not that have to start from a base of trust? If we believe in “we the people” then should not “we the people” be trusted to participate in one of the fundamental institutions of free men, the American justice system?

The founding fathers evidently believed in “we the people”. The founding fathers understood that Democracy was no Wal-Mart because Democracy sometimes is not efficient but then again that is not the goal of Democracy.

We forget the origins of America. America was a creation of those people that wanted to escape from religious persecution in Europe. The British North American colonies sprung up from the conviction, held by Protestants and Catholics,  that uniformity of religion must exist in any given society. This conviction rested with the belief that there was one true religion. Religious majority groups who controlled political power punished dissenters.

No, this is not about religious persecution but we tend to forget the origins of America and we seem willing to give it away for our “bright shiny trinkets”. We seem all to willing to give it away for security. We seem all to willing to give it away in pursuit of the “wal-martization” of Democracy.

So I ask you this, do you trust “we the people”?

Recall that the Pinto’s design met all government standards of the time. Had compliance with federal standards been a complete defense of vehicle safety, Ford could not have been held accountable for the many burn victims that the company was later shown to have anticipated.

So why are medical devices different? Why is it that the politically controlled FDA’s approval and standards preempt the medical device industry from accountability? Should the Supreme Court take this argument to drug companies or any type of company that is regulated by the government such as the auto industry? How would you feel if your sixteen year old son were killed in a Ford Pinto? What would you do if you were not able to sue Ford to discover what happened, to discover what Ford knew and hid?

How Our Cars Got Safer