Often we use humor to dress up something biting we want to say. We also use it to comment on things that would otherwise break our heart to say forthrightly. For instance, many have read the Obituary of Common Sense. Today, we mourn another passing.
We mourn the passing of an old friend by the name of The Rule of Law. The Rule of Law died this week after a long bout with lawless politicians. Reports indicate that final, fatal blows were struck while a majority of Americans looked on silently, reminding many of the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964.
No one really knows how old The Rule of Law was since records of its existence go back to at least the Magna Carta. The Rule of Law emigrated from England to the United States in 1607, settling in Jamestown, Virginia. On July 4, 1776, The Rule of Law declared its intention to seek citizenship and became a United States citizen on March 4, 1789. Ironically, this was the same date the U.S. Constitution went into effect, which The Rule of Law proudly wore until its death.
For over 200 years in its newly adopted homeland of America, The Rule of Law championed the notion that no man is above the law. Some of its finest hours in more recent years involved former President Richard Nixon and the disbarment of former President Bill Clinton for lying to a grand jury.
While The Rule of Law sometimes suffered setbacks, on the whole it protected personal liberty and property rights, and encouraged Lady Justice to keep her blindfold on during trials. In Memoriam, many anonymous friends said The Rule of Law provided the foundation for liberty and justice they needed to find the kind of personal and economic success so lacking in those tyrannical foreign countries that turned away The Rule of Law from its shores. Some think it was protection by The Rule of Law that brought so many legal and illegal immigrants to this country.
For decades, The Rule of Law kept in line those politicians that would have abused their power for the sake of selfish gain to the detriment of the people whom The Rule of Law loved and protected. Unfortunately, love of the very success that The Rule of Law helped bring to people turned into an infection that brought about conditions known as materialism, immediate self-interest, and unbounded liberty for personal gratification. This infection, often commonly called “the ends justify the means,” is said to have caused the paralysis that prevented people from stepping in to rescue The Rule of Law.
At the time of its death, The Rule of Law was on life support due to overbearing and excessive laws and regulations that allowed bureaucratic regulators to attack and spy on citizens, aggravating the symptoms brought on by the aforesaid infection. As a result, The Rule of Law’s waning strength proved no match for the latest in a string of attacks on it by the United States Supreme Court and the President. Most recently, the Court rewrote the Constitution’s requirement that it only hear real “cases and controversies.” The President, by means of a blog-type entry, re-wrote the deadline imposed by law on employers under a controversial health care law known as ObamaCare.
Last Wednesday, The Rule of Law took its final breath when the President threatened to veto a law that would have given him the legal and constitutional authority to do what he was doing by his blog entry. The President’s charge that such a law was “unnecessary” was just too much and The Rule of Law finally succumbed.
Unfortunately, the Congress charged with helping police these two branches of government to protect The Rule of Law appears to have been complicit in the murder as no charges of any kind have been filed against anyone.
The Rule of Law was preceded in death by its adoptive parent The Fear of God, who was followed in death by his natural offspring, Truth and Righteousness. Few attended the funeral service for fear the politicians and government regulators responsible for the death would see them in attendance.
© David Fowler 2013 Permission to reprint is given.