The Magna Carta is widely considered to be the document that philosophically underpins democracy as we know it. It's the document that set out the standard of habeas corpus that the current Bush administration has seen fit to ignore. Sotheby's has auctioned off one of the known 17 originals--the one that, until recently, resided in the National Archives for all Americans to see (although it was owned by Ross Perot), and was the only one in the United States. The buyer, for $21.3 million--the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, to which the first President George Bush recently served in an advisory role. The Carlyle Group is well known for war profiteering, and selling weapons has been very, very good to them. Given the Group's close ties to the Bush family, and the way its business interests coincide with Bush's proclivity toward making war, do we think the Group will continue to let the Magna Carta be displayed for all Americans? Or will they ship it off to Cheney's undisclosed location, where he can use it for target practice when there are no willing old men around?