On a recent drive around "The Beltway" of Washington DC I was behind what appeared to be a white work truck, with tool boxes, pulling a small trailer with landscaping gear on it. Also on the trailer was a large plastic water tank and a hose reel. My natural assumption was that this was lawn fertilizer or weed control.
But as I got closer I noticed that there was something that looked like smoke coming out of the bottom of the trailer. The closer I got I began to realize that the drain valve on the tank was open and that the contents were pouring out, but due to the speed of the vehicle they were turning to a spray in the wind.
The road had a distinct spill line in my lane and not wanting to get any of the liquid on my vehicle I changed lanes. The truck eventually was going faster than me in the new lane and soon I saw the spill on the pavement in my lane again. Before going more than 10 miles I saw the spill in every lane.
And then it hit me.
What if a terrorist mixed up a concoction of bio-hazardous material, a virus, a cultured bacteria with deadly consequences, and in a non-descript way was able to spread it, just like this landscaping truck was doing, by leaking it onto the pavement, letting heat and wind and tires do the rest, then driving off never to be identified again?
We are vulnerable and must admit it. There is evil in the world and we cannot ignore it. But we cannot trade liberty for security. We must identify those who are out to harm us and stop them before they do.
The trick is not to treat everybody as a potential enemy, but rather to install in office those we trust will trust us, and those who do not need the job but do it with a servant's heart and respect for our nation's founding principles.
In otherwords, the job of self-governance can't be left to others.