I have a (liberal) lawyer friend whose favorite expression is that we’re a nation of laws, not men. But that is BS given the phenomenon of judges continually deciding that laws which were constitutional are now (magically) not constitutional anymore.
It goes the other way too; something that is no longer constitutional may be held to be constitutional. (Look at prohibition and the War on Drugs, and how they now 'justify' "regulation" under the commerce clause now.)
The elite intellectual crowd tends to conveniently forget that not all laws are equal and or even legitimate whether they be passed by a legislative body or pulled out of thin air by a judge.
There is common law -laws not centrally planned; often with no rational basis -laws historically proven successful that evolved in a society promoting the common good -laws coming out and adopted having emanated from the free marketplace of ideas.
The elite intellectual crowd also tends to discount if not completely ignore the laws that are by default premised upon the inalienable authority that is above government -God the Creator. No rational basis is the battle cry of the leftist elites who plank by plank attempt to dismantle proven tradition and institution for their supposed rationally derived and centrally planned utopia.