I came across a quote from the great historian Raul Hilberg today, illustrating how the Rule of Law can degenerate into tyranny:
As the Nazi regime developed over the years, the whole structure of decision-making was changed. At first there were laws. Then there were decrees implementing laws. Then a law was made saying, “There shall be no laws.” Then there were orders and directives that were written down, but still published in ministerial gazettes. Then there was government by announcement; orders appeared in newspapers. Then there were the quiet orders, the orders that were not published, that were within the bureaucracy, that were oral. And finally, there were no orders at all. Everybody knew what he had to do.
The contempt that so many Americans have shown for U.S. government lawbreaking on wiretapping and torture is a bad omen for the future of American liberty.
Unfortunately, many Americans seem incapable of recognizing the danger of letting politicians make up the rules as they go along.