This question is short and on target. The answer is an emphatic NO! Can we even speak of the rule of law as a meaningful concept when we combine an explosive regulatory state with near-absolute prosecutorial discretion?” —David French
Rule of Law
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“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Victor Davis Hanson wrote a “required reading” article in Pajamas Media. In the piece, Mr. Hanson describes how moral superiority knows what a “just” society is. That claim is patently indefensible, yet these persons, anointed with superior intelligence at least in their own minds, are convinced of “inequities” that need be corrected.
Their arrogance and patronizing knows no boundaries. When in power, anything that precludes them from “improving” the world is merely an impediment that must not stand in the way. The Constitution and Rule of Law, bedrocks of this country and responsible for its exceptionalism, are two such barriers. The Obama Administration and its progressives are not bound by such matters. Their mission is too important to let the law get in their way.
Fifty years ago, what they have done would not be thinkable. Had someone tried a tenth of their shenanigans, they would have been impeached. Now we have “grown” to tolerate such behavior understanding how “good” it is.
With this attitude, we are finished! We have devolved into the Rule of Man rather than the Rule of Law. In that regard, we are on our way to totalitarianism.
Mr. Hanson’s article:
When the Law Does Not Pay
I do not think in California there is much law these days. We are regressing to the days of my grandfather’s stories. He used to relate to me a wild Central Valley circa 1900, when the sheriff was a day away. A neighbor down the road is now openly violating county zoning regulations by simply moving in immobile Winnebagos and creating a sort of ad hoc mobile home park — with jerry-rigged electricity, sewage, and water. “Restaurants” pop up around my farm along the side of the road, exempt from state and local inspection, apparently by parking a canteen, plopping down some plastic chairs, an awning, a porta-potty, a hose — and, presto, we have an eatery, with signs no less.
There are no dumping laws enforced in rural California: stopping the guy who throws out his garbage and a sofa is a money-loser; finding the guy in the Mercedes who uses his cell phone is a money-winner.
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