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Considering the view below, assess how "The panelists seemed to conclude that, in the decade after 9/11, the nation went from a mood of trust in government to one in which most of the country’s...

Considering the view below, assess how "The panelists seemed to conclude that, in the decade after 9/11, the nation went from a mood of trust in government to one in which most of the country’s political institutions are perceived as unfavorable."

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The citation of James Madison's view towards how war was to be seen as the fundamental threat to the liberties and promises of a great democracy is significant in the panel discussion.  The panelists do seem to conclude that, in the decade that followed the September 11 attacks, the nation did move from a mood of trust in government to one in which most of the country's political institutions were perceived as unfavorable.  The panel concludes that this move was large in part due to the construct of war as so much a part of the decade that followed the attacks of September 11.  The panel argues that the invocation of war in Afghanistan and in Iraq, but also domestically is where the shift against the nation's political institutions to an unfavorable one.  The use of Madisonian logic is powerful here.  Madison is cited in the panel discussion as one who sincerely believed that the invocation of war hurts both the democratic experiment and the public faith within it:

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every...

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