by Howard Towt, Anti-Republican Culture
Do we need “The Rule of Law”?
It was important to our Founders, as they were quite familiar with laws based on the divine right of kings. Furthermore, they knew that laws had to be written down and have the consent of the governed, or they would not work.
Here in modern-day America, the rule of law is closely linked to the idea that no person is above the law. Rather than be governed by the dictates of individual leaders and groups, we choose to be governed by our Constitution and the laws that flow from it. We honor the notion that no matter what a person’s status within our country, he or she is bound by its laws.
Or do we? There is an interesting twist on this concept that is linked to the referendum on the Democratic Party. When the power and authority of the Democratic Party is at stake, is the rule of law subordinated?
The recent public-sector union conflict in Wisconsin focuses our attention:
--When a physician is working to increase the power and authority of the Democratic Party, should his or her ethical standards be enforced?
--When a legislator is working to increase the power and authority of the Democratic Party, must he or she conform to the rules of conduct associated with the duties of office?
--When a police officer is working to increase the power and authority of the Democratic Party, must he or she carry out the duties associated with public safety?
We are also reminded of the New Black Panther incident in Philadelphia. Our President, a Constitutional scholar who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, believes that the Department of Justice must allow this incident to pass. The rule of law, where it pertains to electioneering, must not be enforced when people are working to increase the power and authority of the Democratic Party.
And lest we forget, there is the issue of the administration of our national healthcare, where legislation is passed but individual waivers are given in order to increase the power and authority of the Democratic Party.
In the Democratic Party’s glorious fight, the rule of law is simply discarded. What would Plato think?