Alexis de Tocqueville's main piece of writing, Democracy in America,
was published in 1835. It tells of what he found during his travels through the New World "from the perspective of a detached social scientist." His observations on the American view of equality (which hasn't changed in almost 200 years) might come as a surprise to Barack Obama, and his acolytes, who prefer to engage in class warfare because it aids their political agenda.
Here's the quote:
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
(Don't miss the quote on the above photo)