The Ruling Aristocracy Does Not Abide By The Rules They Impose On The Serfs.
The rule of law is defined by Thomas Sowell (read here) as, rules known in advance, applied generally, and constraining the rulers as well as the ruled. He defines freedom as, exemptions from the power of the rulers and a corresponding limitation on the scope of all laws, even those of democratically elected Governments. With the recent Obamacare waiver for congress and their staffs, the incremental erosion of the rule of law continues unabated. You barely hear a whimper from the pusillanimous (yes, it means what you think it means),Republicans. The freedom of the individual that is protected by the constitution, the same constitution these Republican swore to defend and protect from all enemies foreign and domestic, takes second place to what they value most, which is getting reelected and gaining control of the house and senate. They think being timid will work as a means toward this most important end. This strategy of timidity certainly isn’t a means to the end of protecting the constitution, and our individual freedom, from all domestic enemies. They may have taken an oath, but what they truly value is revealed in their actions.
Does anybody believe a word the president, congressmen, bureaucrats , or the media say about any issue? Trust in Government erodes as the rule of law is finessed or flat-out disregarded by the ruling elite. At some point the serfs will not obey laws imposed on them by elites who are exempt from the very same laws. People will tolerate a lot before they say “enough”, and we are getting closer to the point where the politicians are going to put the marginal straw on the camels back, and then look out. We’ve always known there is going to be a certain amount of corruption and graft when it comes to Government. We know the city councilman’s nephew will get a summer job at the sewage treatment plant, and the councilman’s street will get plowed first when it snows, these are tolerable as long as it doesn’t go to far. The point has been reached where the people on the margin have decided it’s enough, which creates a new set of people on the margin, who will eventually say, that’s enough, which creates a new group of marginal people.
The Republicans are trying to fix an ignorance problem through the electoral process. People are ignorant about individual freedom and it’s importance in creating our complex society. If people are taught that individual liberty, and freedom from Government coercion is in their best interest, they won’t put leaders in office who think the opposite. Incrementally changing individuals minds is our most important task. Politics will follow only after we have enough people who believe in the superiority of individual liberty over Government coercion.
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