“Intelligence is the power of seeing things in the past, present and future as they have been, are and will be.” Seeing is what Alexis de Tocqueville did best. He saw the past with the 20/20 hindsight of the wisest sage, the present with the insight of a genius, and the future with the long distance eyes of a powerful prophet. He was also a walking paradox: by birth, French, but a celebrated American icon; small and sickly in body, while in mind, a force of nature possessing a towering intellect, an eloquent author gifted with elegant prose; yet, under the pressure of public speaking- tongue tied and self conscious. He was the embodiment of disinterested passion. We remember Count Alexis de Tocqueville in the story of freedom in America for the panoramic view he gave us, set forth in his two volumes of “Democracy in America”; the first written in 1835 the second in 1840.

“The Anglo-Americans are the first nation who, having been exposed to this formidable alternative, have been happy enough to escape the dominion of absolute power. They have been allowed by their circumstances, their origin, their intelligence, and especially by their morals to establish and maintain the sovereignty of the people.”