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One of the fundamental principles of modern Western civilization is the rule of law. When a nation has the “rule of law,” all citizens are bound by the same rules; there are no exceptions, no special treatment for the rich, powerful or well-connected.
The rule of law was an essential part of the republican form of government created by our founding fathers. John Adams, our second president, described him as “a government of laws and not of men”. But changes are underway that undermine the rule of law and, with it, the stability of the nation itself.
The checks and balances of the American system of government have often thwarted the ability of Democrats to legislatively enact changes they wish to make to laws. They compensate by taking power within the executive.
In the case of the presidency, it is a two-pronged strategy.
The first branch uses “executive action” created by presidential decree “laws” that have not been passed by Congress. In President Joe Biden’s first 100 days alone, he issued more executive stock than his predecessors Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush combined. As of this week, Biden has signed 403 executive actions (orders, presidential memoranda, proclamations and notices) in his first 14 months in office.
The second strand, however, is more insidious and widespread; it is the failure to enforce existing laws — the primary responsibility of the executive branch of government.
Immigration is just one example, but it is powerful. Last week I wrote about the explosive number of illegal migrants crossing our southern border. More than 2 million entered this country in calendar year 2021, and the numbers in 2022 are even higher. Biden is taking the same approach as Obama: If Congress doesn’t pass the immigration amnesty law Biden wants, it simply won’t enforce existing immigration laws.
Different tactic; same result.
This is not limited to the presidency or the federal government in general. Across the country, Democratic governors, mayors and even city councils refuse to enforce our laws. Millions of Americans are baffled by this, but that’s no accident; it’s a “fundamental transformation” of the United States in the same way as the federal immigration debacle is.
Just consider what we’ve seen over the past few years. In the spring and summer of 2020, mobs moved through American cities, rioting, burning and destroying businesses and other properties to the tune of $2 billion in damage and loss. How many rioters faced serious legal consequences? Some. In Denver, for example, hundreds of people were arrested, but only 33 were convicted. Protesters set up a police free “autonomous area” in Seattle which quickly became a hotbed of violence, rape and even murder. A relative handful of people have been prosecuted. Antifa activists followed suit in Portland, where its district attorney announced he would drop charges against most of those arrested. In Chicago, the most upscale stores on Michigan Avenue suffered millions of dollars in destruction and premeditated theft. A year later, only a fraction of those arrested had actually made it to court – and of those, most were put on probation.
In 2021, The Guardian investigated a dozen of the country’s largest cities and reported, “In most…jurisdictions reviewed, at least 90% of cases were dropped or dismissed…Mayors of every city except Detroit dropped all citations over which they had jurisdiction. These were not just misdemeanors; “(A) majority of the felony charges were also dropped.”
California has seen a huge increase in retail theft, “crush and grab” the looting of high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom to the occasional, walk-in shoplifting at Walgreens and CVS. Rather than enforcing laws that protect property and business owners, California passed Proposition 47, which allows thieves to steal up to $950 in merchandise without being charged with a crime. Most thieves are never caught or charged.
California also tolerates homeless camps, open and public drug use, urination and defecation on the streets of its once beautiful cities. As a result, people and businesses are leaving the state in record numbers.
And even when criminals are arrested, “progressive” policies like the one in New York “bail reform” put them back on the street. Wisconsin resident Darrell Brooks ran over his girlfriend with his car. Despite this – and a history of violent crimes – he was released on bail of just $1,000. Less than three weeks later, he drove his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Social media companies are de facto publishers but censor anyone they choose, even (often especially) those who attempt to provide truthful information to the public. There are no consequences.
What happens to us when the rule of law is torn apart?
If criminals can steal your property with impunity, what do you really own? If rioters can burn down your business without suffering the consequences, what rights do you have? Yes “protesters” can kick the police out of certain parts of the city, who protects law-abiding citizens? If homeless people can openly use drugs, what rights do other citizens have if they don’t want to live or do business amid piles of human excrement and drug addicts overdosing on the streets? If individuals and even other media can be silenced by large multinational corporations, what becomes of freedom of expression?
For years Republicans have claimed “Success” blocking the Democrats’ legislative agenda, but have done far less to protect or positively promote the interests of their constituents. By seizing executive power and then refusing to enforce the laws, the Democrats reversed traditional legislative policy. The Republicans must now go on the offensive.
The public must vote against prosecutors, judges, attorneys general, mayors, governors, and presidents who treat our laws — and the citizens who follow them — with contempt. That includes Republicans without the guts to do anything about it.
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