To Obey the Law or Not to Obey the Law?
We are a country of laws so when the law doesn’t suit a group, should they be allowed to ignore it even if it puts the rest of America in danger? There is a dangerous precedence trying to be set for those who break America’s laws at all levels in and out of the government.
“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency.” George Washington
“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” Abraham Lincoln
The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I think our 1st president and Founding Father had it right as did Abraham Lincoln and even Dwight D. Eisenhower. When our country began all men were created equally but today our problem lies in a John Lescroart quote.
“The essence of fascism is to make laws forbidding everything and then enforce them selectively against your enemies.” John Lescroart
If you do not want your freedoms and liberties taken away, you need to ask yourself a series of questions and be honest. Should a person be allowed to choose which law to obey or disobey? To have a nation of laws that govern you know the answer would have to be no. If a person breaks the law, no matter their status or position, they should be punished the same by the law. The law is there to give all of America’s citizens equal and due process of the law, when they break it or are a victim. We don’t want people out there raping people because they don’t like that law or a political official covering it. Unfortunately this is happening. Let’s look further.
Should law enforcement officers be allowed to choose which law to obey, disobey, or enforce, and should they be exempt from it? I back law enforcement in most every case but not all cases. In Law Enforcement, many unions will not allow Bad Cops to be fired or will not allow the Police Chief, Sherriff, or other in leadership position to state why they were fired or resigned. When you leave dangerous people on the streets, be a violent felon, or a bad cop, bad things are going to happen given time. The law and regulations in New York said a choke hold was illegal for use by all police departments. New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo had been cited several times for excessive use of force yet nothing was done. On July 17, 2014 bad things got worse, Eric Garner was literally murdered by Daniel Pantaleo by using an illegal choke hold incorrectly. A choke hold, though illegal for New York police, is only to be held for a max of 10 seconds, Officer Pantaleo held it for 15 to 19 seconds. At the minimum the charges should have been manslaughter but to me it was murder. What was his punishment? Nothing! With leaders like Bill de Blasio, bad cops will never be charged. What I don’t understand is the ones being murdered it will are the ones putting these people in office.
Should our elected officials be allowed to choose which law to obey or disobey? No, yet we just watched a presidential candidate violate numerous National Security Laws and nothing was done. Was it because of their money or political standing? I work for the Federal Government and if I did what she did, I would be in jail for a minimum of 10 years if not for life. All laws are to be administer as seen in Lady Justice, evenly and with a blind fold so if you are a politician, rich, or a pauper, the law is distributed equally. Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law." Hillary is just one example but both the Democrats and Republicans have a cesspool of corrupt, dishonest, and criminal politicians; why do you think the people elected Donald Trump. They should be punished equally, if not more harsh because they are the leaders and should set the example.
Should states and cities be allowed to choose which law to obey or disobey? When you allow this you have many Eric Garners every year with no punishment. You also have many Kathryn Steinles. Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal alien, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez in San Francisco, California on July 1, 2015. Mr. Sanchez had been deported a minimum of 5 times and had been convicted of 7 violent felonies and had 52 other arrests. San Francisco officials transported Sanchez to San Francisco County Jail on March 26, 2015, for an outstanding drug warrant. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had issued a detainer for Sanchez requesting that he be kept in custody, he was facing another felony charge for selling marijuana. San Francisco did not honor the federal detainer being a Sanctuary City and this Illegal Alien felon was released on April 15, 2015. On July 1, 2015 this Illegal Alien felon, illegally in possession of a firearm murdered Kathryn Steinle. Jim Steinle would still have a daughter and Kathryn Steinle would still be alive if San Francisco would have followed the law. Every city official who approved of this policy should be held as accomplices. Immigration policies are set and controlled by the US Congress, not US cities or even states.
In America all the people, law enforcement, elected officials, states, and cities should have to obey the law, as Lincoln said if there is a bad law enforce it so it will be repealed. If you refuse to enforce it, soon instead of the law abiding society, you will have a chaotic one; the beginning of which is similar to what we see in America today. When the law is not enforced equally or does not exist for people of wealth or status, soon vigilante justice will rear its ugly head.
Please tell me what you think.