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Al Gore knew that the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2000 that handed the Presidency to Bush was wrong. He knew that the decision was politically motivated and based on extremely tortured logic. And obviously he didn't like it. Yet...


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January 16, 2006

"A government of laws and not men"

Al Gore knew that the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2000 that handed the Presidency to Bush was wrong. He knew that the decision was politically motivated and based on extremely tortured logic. And obviously he didn't like it.

Yet Al Gore unhesitatingly urged the nation to accept the decision as final. He didn't have to do that, but he did. He respected the rule of law, even when he vehemently disagreed with the rulers.

So Al Gore has credibility, to put it mildly, when he speaks on this issue:

A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. Our Founding Fathers were adamant that they had established a government of laws and not men. Indeed, they recognized that the structure of government they had enshrined in our Constitution - our system of checks and balances - was designed with a central purpose of ensuring that it would govern through the rule of law. As John Adams said: "The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them, to the end that it may be a government of laws and not of men."

An executive who arrogates to himself the power to ignore the legitimate legislative directives of the Congress or to act free of the check of the judiciary becomes the central threat that the Founders sought to nullify in the Constitution - an all-powerful executive too reminiscent of the King from whom they had broken free. In the words of James Madison, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

Thomas Paine, whose pamphlet, "On Common Sense" ignited the American Revolution, succinctly described America's alternative. Here, he said, we intended to make certain that "the law is king."

Vigilant adherence to the rule of law strengthens our democracy and strengthens America. It ensures that those who govern us operate within our constitutional structure, which means that our democratic institutions play their indispensable role in shaping policy and determining the direction of our nation. It means that the people of this nation ultimately determine its course and not executive officials operating in secret without constraint.

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