State Department spokesman Mark Toner’s recent gaff at a press conference highlights what many Americans already believe about their federal government: transparency is a joke. Toner broke out in laughter for several seconds after calling the press conference an “exercise in transparency and democracy.” “Is that what this is?” Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee responded, voicing the opinion of the American people. “I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation.”

Toner’s actions provide yet another example of the attitude our federal officials take towards the people they “serve.” According to them, We the People are not the “source of all authority,” as Thomas Jefferson said. The people are to be handled, controlled, and manipulated.

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