Remembering Why We Are Americans

Who's That Next to Us at the Meeting?

The book's epigraph is from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America: "The Revolution of the United States was the result of a mature and reflecting preference for freedom. . . . It contracted no alliance with the turbulent passions of anarchy, but its course was marked, on the contrary, by a love of order and law."

The Bush administration and the Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress keep intoning the mantra "the rule of law," while the FBI and CIA are amassing more information on more of us—traducing the law and using more invasive technology than ever before.

As David Cole says, "Popular resistance is critical."

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