“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.”
~Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher and statesman (1729-1797)
By Alden L. Benton
Part of what has made the United States successful is the idea of the rule of law. However, many Americans do not understand just what this principle is.
The rule of law is:
Individuals, persons and government, shall submit to, obey, and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals.” (Duhaime Legal Dictionary)
Simply, it is a government of laws, not men.
The opposite of the rule of law is the rule of man where “…government, governance, and rules of conduct is set and altered at the discretion of a single person, or a select group of persons.” (Duhaime Legal Dictionary)
The rule of man is the tyranny described so eloquently in the Declaration of Independence; the tyranny the framers of the U.S. Constitution sought to avoid.
The second key concept of the rule of law is that the law must be applied equally, without bias, to all — to individuals and government. This principle is set forth in Section 1 of Amendment 14 of the U.S. Constitution:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (Emphasis added)
On July 9, 1868, 28 of the existing 37 states had ratified the 14th amendment.
In a 2004 Security Council report, the United Nations further defined the rule of law stating it is a
…principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. It requires, as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency.
Today in the United States, the principle of the rule of law under the Constitution is endangered by the same man who took a solemn oath that he would
“… faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution)
A hypocrite is one who pretends to be what he is not.
President Obama is a hypocrite.
President Obama studied the law and the Constitution, yet he is waging war against them both.
President Obama issues unconstitutional dictates to subvert the Constitution and the rule of law.
President Obama and his band of crooks, cronies, and communists act outside of the law to further their political self-interests.
In Part 2 I will examine one particularly sickening example of the president’s hypocrisy and disregard for both the rule of law and fundamental human rights and dignity.
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