Here's one to shatter any faith you had in polls of "The American People." The gist of it is simple: a majority of people want the Federal Government to make the Internet safe. It goes on to say that this same majority doesn't trust Federal Institutions to do the job. My question for this majority is, "What kind of behavior do you expect from people you do not trust?" Do they really think this lack of trust is going to make the Federal Institutions more honest and efficient?
Here is my answer in a nutshell. We will just have to face facts about Security and the Internet, namely, it is up to individuals to take the necessary precautions to make it as safe as it can be. Relying upon someone else is ludicrous. What's more, would you want to live in a world where someone else made sure your home computer had the latest Operating System patches, had up-to-date Virus Protection, a Firewall, and Intrusion Protection software? I think not.
If you don't believe me then how about Thomas Jefferson:
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have."