Powerful piece/plea from DKos' buhdydharma.
It is The Law that makes us civilized, that makes us more than savages. From Hammurabi's Code to the Magna Carta to the document that founded America, every advance in civilization, every step forward from savagery, has been marked and made possible by a step forward in the Rule of Law. The Constitution of the United States is widely held to be the pinnacle of that advance. Making each citizen equal under The Law and spelling out the specific individual rights of each citizen. Born of the fight against the tyranny of kings and the injustice and savagery that can be done in a kings name, The Constitution, above all of its other functions, guarantees that ALL men and women are equal under the law.[snip]
There are those who would take us back to savagery.
The Rule of Law is what stands between us and them to prevent it. The powerful believe they are above the Rule of Law. They believe in fact that their word IS the Rule of Law, because of their power. It is not. They believe that they can kill, invade, torture, steal and lay waste where ever and however they wish. And they have. What can stop them? What can stop their savagery? What can stop them from dragging us all back into the mud of savagery? They are powerful and control armies and police and even 'secret' police. Opposing them by force of arms only makes them stronger, only drags us back into the mud of killing and savagery with them.
There is only one force that can oppose them. The force of the mass of citizens, of The People, coming together and insisting that they too be accountable to the Rule of Law. Insisting that these powerful men are also equal under The Law.[snip]
NOTHING is more important to a free society and to civilization itself than the Rule of Law. It is from this Rule that all else flows. The economy is dependent on the justice provided by the Rule of Law, as we see now. Health care reform can only come through the Rule of Law. The Rule of law will be needed to stop Global Warming, to stop unjust wars, and to ensure equal rights to all citizens. Nothing is more important.
The Rule of law itself is under assault, and how we respond to that assault will define us as a nation and as a civilization. Not how the authorities respond, not how they police themselves, but how WE respond. How we insist and demand that they are policed....just as WE are.read more | digg story