Monday, June 18, 2007


“In a government of laws, existence of government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it invites everyman to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
~Justice Louis D. Brandeis in Olmstead v. United States (1928)

The crime rate is up in all our major cities, isn't it?

thanks for the quote, firedoglake


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