My brother was paranoid about what the government, any government, local, national, or foreign,could or might do. He had his reasons and for six years, he was a spook in one of The Navy’s spook departments.

Paranoid stories begin to take on a life of their own. When I begin to dismiss a paranoid thought, e.g, my post President Pelosi, the contingent factors broaden. What foreign power could the domestic perpetrators blame the assassination on? The ripples ever broaden across the pond.

What one has to understand is that this government, ruled by laws, works only to the extent that its citizenry, including the political, military and civil service establishments, are willing to follow the rule of law. It’s that simple.

If bad actors within a government want to subvert or ignore popular will, very little can stop them. Brexit is an excellent example.