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What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?
Renew America ^ | 4/20/2014 | Sylvia Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2014 11:15:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN

What is the rule of law, anyway?

Sylvia Thompson

April 20, 2014

Talking heads and elitists from both the left and right of the political spectrum are decrying that Cliven Bundy (the rancher who recently defied the federal government) must follow the "rule of law." Why should he? Barack Obama, the President of the United States does not follow the rule of law. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, pays no heed to the rule of law. Why, then, must an average citizen?

Recently, a Congressional Committee called upon a group of legal and policy professionals to testify regarding Obama's blatant disregard for his Constitutional limits. In that committee hearing, a Cato Institute policy director (Michael Cannon) offered that if citizens conclude that government officials are not bound by law, they may also conclude that neither should they be. And I will add that citizens most certainly will not see a need to obey wrong-headed laws that serve to enslave them.

Yes, the jackboots who control the government can bring down the full force of that government upon citizens, and to varying degrees, they have been doing just that. What else would you call the IRS scandals and the umpteen lawless agencies at their command to harass citizens? Yes indeed they can and do exert force. The issue, however, is not what this corrupt, vile government can and will do; the issue is how long Americans will cower on their knees in the dirt, shielding their necks from the next boot drop. That is the issue.

The organized group of armed Americans who came to the aid of the Bundy family were not thinking in terms of "I might be killed today," although they knew that could happen. They were more likely thinking that on this day if I do not stand up to the federal jackboots, I will live to see myself and my progeny enslaved to people who are drunk on power and hateful of individual freedom. I am sure that this is the thinking looming foremost in their minds.

The irritating hype coming from all the media types (conservative and otherwise) imposing themselves on the situation to bring "calm" and to "avoid violence," was so typical of weak people with agendas. The most disgusting to me were the politicos who glommed onto petty issues, such as the construction of the "Free Speech" zones by the feds and the over-dramatization of a woman being pushed, or a Bundy son being tasered. All that energy expended on relatively minor issues when it should have been laser-focused on the diabolical, tyrannical United States federal government that ordered the armed agents there in the first place.

While the Washington political and pundit elites (including Fox News) are whining and moaning about preventing violence and the rule of law, the Bundys and their supporters (who, I think, represent a majority of Americans) have vowed that they will not play victim to an enslaving government. Freedom is what the Founders envisioned for America, so much so, that they endured a revolutionary war and a civil war to bring the vision to full fruition. Some of us do not fear the power of the federal government and are not willing to see that freedom destroyed without a fight. Thank God for that.

I am encouraged by my sense that the Americans standing up for the Bundys are worlds apart from the likes of the Nevada Governor (Brian Sandoval) and the Clark County Sheriff (Douglas Gillespie), the two officials who seem most fearful of the federal government. I am also heartened by the fact that so many Americans are armed and are fighting leftist and federal attempts to disarm them. The only reason that those people were able to face down federal agents is because the Constitution allows them to be armed. Additionally, there were alternative media to the mainstream news agencies. Those alternative sources reported in real time what was transpiring. The federal government could not lie about the consequences of its behavior.

My fervent hope and prayer is that organized militia groups spread out over America (many, by necessity, remaining under the radar) are poised and at the ready to do what they have trained to do. Fight for their country against tyranny from within. They will receive no encouragement from conservative leadership or any government entities, or any elites – those who profit from the status quo. Nor will they receive support from media pundits, left or right. The left will always vilify and condemn and the right will implore them to lie down and grovel – for the sake of nonviolence and peace. I say ignore them all. These patriots must keep ever vigilant and always prepared to fight, with weapons if necessary, and maybe, just maybe, more will have the courage to join them in that inevitable (and I stress inevitable) final clash over what will be the future of America.


Sylvia Thompson is a black conservative writer whose aim is to counter the liberal spin on issues pertaining to race and culture.

Ms. Thompson is a copy editor by trade currently residing in Tennessee. She formerly wrote for the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley California Newsletter and the online conservative blog ChronWatch, also out of California.

She grew up in Southeast Texas during the waning years of Jim Crow-era legalized segregation, and she concludes that race relations in America will never improve, nor will we ever elevate our culture, as long as there are victims to be pandered to and villains to be vilified. America is better served without victims or villains.

© Copyright 2014 by Sylvia Thompson

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lawlessness
This Lady is sort of Ben Carsonesque. She is so spot on.
1 posted on 04/20/2014 11:15:35 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: bert; Elsie; Tennessee Nana; Vendome; trisham


2 posted on 04/20/2014 11:16:22 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?
The Rule Of Law is what creates organization in this country
Which is why OBdinga and Holder are opposed to enforcing any law that they dont agree with..
Expect CHAOS ,.. and you won't be disappointed !!
3 posted on 04/20/2014 11:18:58 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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The Rule of Law is a respect for the law such that a person affirms they will govern by those laws and in the spirit (or context, or rationale) in which those laws were intended.

4 posted on 04/20/2014 11:21:57 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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The Law is what the Socialist DemoRat says it is.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 11:22:10 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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6 posted on 04/20/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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I don’t remember anybody bringing up “the law” during the Vietnam protests - but then, occupying and trashing university buildings was supported by the left. However, defending yourself against an armed “military” takeover (which is against our constitution) somehow cannot be resisted. Strange - but then no one ever accused the Left of being consistent.

7 posted on 04/20/2014 11:38:19 AM PDT by impactplayer
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The rule is the rule that every citizen no matter what position they are in must obey the laws. The laws rule, not the people.

This rule of law is ignored each and every day by oboma and holder and now by Reid. They seem to think they are above the rule of law but the rest of us are not.

This must become a part of every political race in this country. The President and the AG must obey the laws about illegals and everything else too.

If they can choose which laws they can be exempt from then so can the rest of us. PERIOD.....

8 posted on 04/20/2014 12:13:42 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Citizen.)
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To: oldenuff2no

I recently picked up “Imagined Communities” by Benedict Anderson. It’s considered a bit of a landmark work in the study of Nation States. Benedict identifies a nation in the following ways:

It is imagined — the people feel that they are One People, even if objective evidence may argue against it. (e pluribus unum).
It is limited — there are borders; these may change, but there is the notion that it starts here or ends there.
It is sovereign — No outside authorty, no higher authority makes rules which impact the workings of the sovereign state.
It is a community — although injustices may exist, the nation is a horizontal comradeship which forms a fraternity of “we’re all in this together”.

I would say that the USA fails each and every one of these criteria.
We are no longer a nation. Certainly not a nation of laws. We have a ruling class which preys upon us and uses “laws” as a tool to punish enemies and reward friends.

9 posted on 04/20/2014 12:16:55 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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No better way to undertand what is meant by the rule of law then reading Frederic Bastiat's "The Law".

The chapters, listed below, more or less stand alone and can be read without reading the prior material.

The Law

Life Is a Gift from God

What Is Law?

A Just and Enduring Government

The Complete Perversion of the Law

A Fatal Tendency of Mankind

Property and Plunder

Victims of Lawful Plunder

The Results of Legal Plunder

The Fate of Non-Conformists

Who Shall Judge?

The Reason Why Voting Is Restricted

The Answer Is to Restrict the Law

The Fatal Idea of Legal Plunder

Perverted Law Causes Conflict

Slavery and Tariffs Are Plunder

Two Kinds of Plunder

The Law Defends Plunder

How to Identify Legal Plunder

Legal Plunder Has Many Names

Socialism Is Legal Plunder

The Choice Before Us

The Proper Function of the Law

The Seductive Lure of Socialism

Enforced Fraternity Destroys Liberty

Plunder Violates Ownership

Three Systems of Plunder

Law Is Force

Law Is a Negative Concept

The Political Approach

The Law and Charity

The Law and Education

The Law and Morals

A Confusion of Terms

The Influence of Socialist Writers

The Socialists Wish to Play God

The Socialists Despise Mankind

A Defense of Compulsory Labor

A Defense of Paternal Government

The Idea of Passive Mankind

Socialists Ignore Reason and Facts

Socialists Want to Regiment People

A Famous Name and an Evil Idea

A Frightful Idea

The Leader of the Democrats

Socialists Want Forced Conformity

Legislators Desire to Mold Mankind

Legislators Told How to Manage Men

A Temporary Dictatorship

Socialists Want Equality of Wealth

The Error of the Socialist Writers

What Is Liberty?

Philanthropic Tyranny

The Socialists Want Dictatorship

Dictatorial Arrogance

The Indirect Approach to Despotism

Napoleon Wanted Passive Mankind

The Vicious Circle of Socialism

The Doctrine of the Democrats

The Socialist Concept of Liberty

Socialists Fear All Liberties

The Superman Idea

The Socialists Reject Free Choice

The Cause of French Revolutions

The Enormous Power of Government

Politics and Economics

Proper Legislative Functions

Law and Charity Are Not the Same

The High Road to Communism

The Basis for Stable Government

Justice Means Equal Rights

The Path to Dignity and Progress

Proof of an Idea

The Desire to Rule over Others

Let Us Now Try Liberty

10 posted on 04/20/2014 12:18:50 PM PDT by No One Special
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What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?

The Rule of Law are the terms laid out in the Constitution for government to follow, but government has now convinced as great many people that it means "Laws Rule!"

11 posted on 04/20/2014 12:20:52 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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Law is for little people.

12 posted on 04/20/2014 12:42:47 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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berts axiom: If there is no law, there is no law

13 posted on 04/20/2014 12:53:24 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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The most disgusting to me were the politicos who glommed onto petty issues, such as the construction of the "Free Speech" zones by the feds and the over-dramatization of a woman being pushed, or a Bundy son being tasered.

Sorry lady, they weren't "petty", they were symptomatic of the problem and well worth being emphasized.

Somebody had a photoshopped picture of Himmler inspecting either Jews or Russian prisoners behind barbed wire and inserted a sign saying "Free Speech Area". Spot on.

14 posted on 04/20/2014 12:54:46 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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The only "rule" of "law" today is "good enough for thee, but not for me."

They can't steal their millions unless we follow the rules first. They get their money by breaking the rule of law that they pass for the rest of us to follow.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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What I want so cannot be printed here.

The author is spot on however, if the Kings Henchmen and Parliaments knaves attempt violence and force, while selectively choosing what laws it will not support or enforce, then they can only be seen as unjust, coercive and a force which must one day be reckoned.

We will not not have another Waco. There was ni need for it.

Do not presume to intimidate us, putting a knife to our throat.

We must respond in ways that can only result in severe misunderstanding , and harm to each others health.

Leave us alone. We mean you no harm but, do not mistake our politeness for weakness.

There is a way to handle a snake and it should be done with great care.

Lest the serpent become agitated and strike.

16 posted on 04/20/2014 1:43:06 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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