" Transparency and truth are the fuels that run
sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt.
Lack of trust — not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or
cooling, or even epidemics — doomed civilizations of the past, from
imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union.
What distinguishes democracies from tinhorn dictatorships and
totalitarian monstrosities are our permanent meritocratic government
bureaus that remain nonpartisan and honestly report the truth.
If the people increasingly believe that bureaucrats try to alter reality
to reflect preconceived ideologies or the goals of the particular
regime in power, then America as we know it is finished."