THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM (SKINNER AND KUHLMAN) EXCERPT : The basis of this country is freedom. Thus, free speech, free inquiry and freedom of religion are part and parcel of the same thing. In a totalitarian society without freedom of inquiry, mistakes will be accepted as the truth. The answer which is decided upon by those in power automatically becomes the "correct" answer. In a democratic society, answers to problems must be subject to the assault of free intellectual inquiry and such answers will continue to be accepted as the truth only as long as they are able to meet successfully the challenge of freely inquiring minds.
The use of various methods to squelch "free inquiry" by the Bush administration have diminished our democracy. The Bush role as a war-time President has attempted to broaden the Executive Branch beyond the checks and balances provided in the Constitution. The invasion of Iraq provided that platform.