Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Rule of Law"

The "Rule of Law" means nothing if anyone is above the law including the President of the United States. "Rule of Law" is supposed to limit government's power to become the law. It requires that everyone, no matter what their societal status, respect the law as a distinctly autonomous entity designed to facilitate equality of treatment or as the Fourteenth Amendment states,

"No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Unfortunately, the reality is, a different standard of justice is applied to those Americans lucky enough to stand on the top rungs of the social and political ladder. If the following definition is correct and I believe it is, the Rule of Law does not exist in this country under this administration.

"The Rule of Law can be defined as a system in which the laws are public knowledge, are clear in meaning, and apply equally to everyone. They enshrine and uphold the political and civil liberties that have gained status as universal human rights over the last half-century. . . . Perhaps most important, the government is embedded in a comprehensive legal framework, its officials accept that the law will be applied to their own conduct, and the government seeks to be law-abiding." -- Thomas Carothers


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