Everybody’s talking about it. I wonder how many really know what it means? Its meaning is difficult – and a little obscure.
In the first place it’s not a rule, but a state of being. Of a society. But, moreover, it is the achievement of an acceptably stable and successful state of existence where the law is trusted and consulted. Where people “have faith” in law. Where a substantial majority believe in the virtues of living in a law-abiding society, and the responsibilities entailed.
“The Rule of Law” is an achievement. Of a People.
The Rule of law replaces a void, and ideally fills it. The Rule of Law is the foundation of Western Civilization, and of all civilization. It is our ultimate source of strength and security. We “live within” the Rule of Law. It is like a warm blanket. This mean old world would be mighty cold without it.
You can switch the Rule of Law on and off like a light switch! When the Attorney General and the Justice Department, and the police refuse to enforce law, or choose to enforce it selectively, and arbitrarily, the Rule of Law disappears altogether. It is an indicator of a stable state, like a warning light in a 737. We are no longer in a stable state.
No void can exist for long, right? Something fills it. The enemy wants to replace law with arbitration, and doing so is fundamental to their overall plan. Justice strives to be “fair,” and “correct.” Mafia-style arbitration considers, or regards, neither. It is arbitrary, so it cannot be fair – or correct. It exists for the benefit of the “Bosses.”
At present, the Rule of Law does not exist. We don’t believe in the law’s ability to provide for our needs: peace and stability. Arbitration is already the rule of the day, with the “strongest man in the room” making every decision and determination. In so many practices, our government already mimics the Mafia. Time and time again, starting with Paul Ryan’s reign of terror, we have seen the, “strongest man in the room,” principle in practice. Democracy is the injured party . And Democracy has been repudiated every time someone pounds a gavel and negates a whole branch of government, and the votes of millions.
The Rule of Law, according to Webster, makes possible: “jurisprudence:” a system of law that can be trusted.
We only lack trust in ourselves; that is all we need. We have the power!