Major resources are directed away from the common good implemented under democratic law (such as social security, education, and health care) toward militarism and mechanisms for using arbitrary unaccountable power. There is no way to protect or restore democracy within the US as long as the world is structured according to this massive institutionalized contradiction: the domestic rule of law within "sovereign nations" versus a global, institutionalized war-system in the relations between these nations (or between human beings considered as "enemies" of one nation or another).
The US government has found a way to subvert the rule of law within the US through the ersatz legal concept of "terrorism." But there is simply no way that the removal of this particular concept is going to restore the rule of law to the US, since the global war-system continues to subvert the rule of law in dozens of overt and covert ways. As long as the world writhes in agony within the global war-system, the rule of law protecting civil liberties and restraining the powers of government will inevitably fail. It is surprising how many US progressives strongly resist making the paradigm shift from being mere "Americans" to becoming global citizens. They refuse to think and act from a global perspective.
The World War-System Must Be Replaced by a World Peace-System.
The only credible option on behalf of freedom and human liberation is to embrace a global paradigm shift from a war-system to a peace-system. Albert Einstein and others correctly declared that you cannot solve a problem on the same conceptual level that caused the problem in the first place. We cannot protect democracy and the rule of law within the US unless we abandon the war-system that is at the root of the destruction of democracy in the first place. A world peace-system would necessarily require the rule of enforceable, democratically legislated law globally. This is the absolutely essential requirement for a peace-system: the global rule of democratically legislated law. Since the war option is precisely the result of the lack of the rule of enforceable law (and this is the condition in which all "sovereign" nations of the world find themselves), the elevation of the rule of law to a global scale would eliminate war and demilitarize the nations.
It is truly an either/or situation. Either we have enforceable, democratically legislated world law protecting the human rights and due process of law for all citizens of the Earth, or we continue with the nightmare of war, chaos, naked power relationships, and the destruction of democracy everywhere on our planet. Many global thinkers and activists have understood this, going all the way back to the leaders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom during World War I. These leaders understood that the terrible worldwide war was the result of sovereign nations recognizing no law above themselves and that there could be no true peace and freedom until the nations joined together in an Earth Federation with a democratic government implementing civilian law for the entire Earth.
Since that time, leaders of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA, founded in 1958) have worked with global citizens worldwide to write a truly wonderful document: the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. It is the ratification of this document that can alone save democracy within the US and worldwide. We cannot preserve democracy as long as there is a global war-system and our Executive branch and military can claim their right to act beyond the law because they are fighting some "war" against terrorism. Either we have democracy and the rule of law for all citizens on earth, or we continue to destroy ourselves and the prospects of future generations in a chaos of militarism, naked power relations, lawlessness, and violence.
The Constitution for the Federation of Earth can be found on many websites, such as www.worldproblems.net. We cannot fight the battle of freedom on our own (as progressives within the US), but must join with global citizens everywhere in the Earth Federation Movement (EFM) to ratify the Constitution and implement real solutions, not only to the problem of war, but to the protection of the planetary environment, to enforceable protection for human rights everywhere, and to the elimination of poverty and misery worldwide.
Under the global war-system, if it is not the concept of "terrorism," there will always be some other excuse for subverting the rule of law. A system of lawlessness will always trump the rule of law, unless lawlessness is eliminated from the world entirely and all that is left is the rule of democratic law everywhere. This is what "human liberation" most fundamentally means at this juncture of history: enforceable, democratic law for everyone. This is also what it means to establish a peace-system: ratification of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. If we want to protect freedom and democracy within the US, we must establish freedom and democracy for all people everywhere.