Personal Freedom and Prosperity 110: The Rule of Law
A government with moral and legal authority promulgates written rules and universally, impartially and uniformly enforces those rules, which provides a predictable and stable legal order to base economic and personal decisions. The law prevails, not the proclamation or arbitrary decision of a ruler, government bureaucrat, the enforcer (e.g., policeman) or judge.
The Rule of Law: Senators Lee, Cruz, and Paul
Absolutely essential for a free society and personal freedom to exist is to maintain the Rule of Law – written rules universally, impartially and uniformly enforced. Last week, Senator Paul asked our Justice Department:
“…whether an American can be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime.” The Attorney General of the United States of American obfuscated and refused to answer – a total rejection of the Rule of Law.”
Senator Paul took his “question” to the American people and spoke for over 13 hours on the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Thousands of Americans using social media vigorously agreed, and the next day the Justice Department responded:
“’Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no.
Whether the President has the indiscriminate power to kill is obviously a very important issue. However, far more important is the Rule of Law.
First, the law must be duly promulgated by the legislature. Next, written laws are universally, impartially and uniformly enforced. This is the essence of the American Constitution, which intends to restrict government to defined and enumerated powers.
For many years and many administrations – Republicans and Democrats – have ignored, bypassed and abused our Constitution as well as the division of powers between legislature and the president. For example, every war since World War II, deadly force has not followed the Constitution, in which only Congress has the power and duty to declare war. [Read: Congress and President Obama Violated their Constitutional and Moral Duty to Declare War] Fortunately America, Senators Rand Paul (KY), Mike Lee (UT) and Ted Cruz (TX) are committed to upholding the Constitution and restricting the arbitrary abuse of power by our government.
Again, what is absolutely essential for a free society and personal freedom is the Rule of Law – written rules universally, impartially and uniformly enforced. Senators Paul, Lee, Cruz and thousands of Americans must continue debating, educating and demanding the adherence to the Rule of Law – it is essential for freedom.