NPR : The Rule of Law
"our beliefs about some things are very important. These are things subject to the Tinkerbell effect -- that is, they exist only so long as we believe in them. One of these is the rule of law."
"When you get right down to it, the rule of law only exists because enough of us believe in it and insist that everyone, even the non-believers, behave as if it exists. The minute enough of us stop believing, stop insisting that the law protect us all, and that every single one of us is accountable to the law -- in that moment, the rule of law will be gone."
"It is our bulwark against both mob rule and the overweening power of the modern state."