- There is a broadly-shared recognition of defined fundamental values and principles;
- These fundamental values and principles are committed to writing; and
- There is an effective system in place to hold the government accountable, and to ensure that these written statements about the values and principles that are supposed to govern society actually do govern the society in fact.
The president is attempting to dismantle the rule of law, destroy the time-honored independence of the Justice Department, and undermine the career men and women who are devoted to seeking justice day in and day out, regardless of which political party is in power.
We must do more than rubberneck as we drive past this car crash. We all have a responsibility to protect our Justice Department’s ability to do its job free from interference. The very foundation of our justice system — the rule of law — depends on it.