AMERICAN NOTES: Domestic Tranquility

Richard Nixon swept into office on a platform of "law-and-order," capitalizing on the public's legitimate fears of crime. His emphasis, unfortunately, was always more on order than law, and such innovations as no-knock warrants became a real danger to any traditional idea of justice. But in a speech recently at the Yale Law School, President Ford said that he was shunning the law-and-order catch phrase for the war on crime and substituting instead a lofty, ringing theme for his Administration: to "insure domestic tranquility."

His source was the preamble to the Constitution of the U.S., and his aim was to bring reason...