From Thomas Jefferson's first inaugural address: And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.... error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.... I deem the essential principles of our government.... Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; ... freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected. -- Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801 207 years later, people running for the highest office in the land are attacked on religion, founded or unfounded. Name-calling and spite based upon political philosophy is more common than reasoned debate on topics. Habeus Corpus can be suspended at a whim. How far will we fall?