The Rule of Law

Dr Pierre Coovert

Our constitution starts with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I want us to note that it does not start with I, the President, or We, the Congress, or We, the Supreme Court. It also does not say We the people of the world. It says We the People of the United States.

Notice also the purpose of government as spelled out in the Constitution. It is to form a more perfect Union, that is that we might get along better as a people. It is to insure domestic Tranquility, this is domestic peace. It is to provide for the common defense, this means protect us from outsiders. It is to promote, not provide for, the general Welfare. It is to secure the Blessings of Liberty, not license, for ourselves and our children.

Because we get to choose our government officials, at least to some degree, we get the government we ask for. There was a time not so long ago that the majority of our citizens wanted a government that just kept out of our way as long as we obeyed the laws of the land. Things have changed quite a bit. Now too many want a government that takes care of them. They vote to those who promise to do the most for them.

Another change in American thinking is the attitude toward laws. They thing that laws are for other people. Our legal system looks more for loopholes in the laws than justice. Our people seek ways to get around the law rather than obeying it. Now we have elected a President that only has regard for the law and the Constitution when it serves his purpose. When they don’t he finds a way around them.

Representative Benjamin Quayle from Arizona has written an excellent article on the President’s disregard for the rule of law. I highly recommend that you take the time to read it. You will find it at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/10/obamas-imperial-presidency.

The Bible tells us the purpose of government and what should be our attitude toward it. Just listen to Romans 13:1-4 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

Government is ordained of God for the very reasons stated in our Constitution. Our attitude is to be one of subjection and obedience to the laws of government.

Our government is not the President, the Congress, and/or the Supreme Court, it is a document we call the Constitution. All three branches of government are subject to the Constitution and none of them have the right to circumvent what is laid down in it.

We need to understand that the President is the head of the Executive branch. This means that his job is to make sure that the laws passed by Congress are properly executed. He has no power to make law or to decide which laws he will enforce and which he will not enforce.

Here are just a few of the things our President has done to circumvent the Constitution and the other branches of government.

Mr. Obama stopped enforcing important policies against illegal immigration.

Mr. Obama stopped cooperating in the 287(g) Task Force, a state-federal partnership to assist local law enforcement in dealing with apprehended illegal immigrants. This is an attack on our system of laws and the separation of powers that lies at the heart of our Constitution.

Mr. Obama, in February 2011, announced that the Department of Justice would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, even though it’s a federal law passed with bipartisan support and signed by President Clinton. This is a violation of his oath of office which says he is to uphold the laws of the United States.

Mr. Obama showed his disregard for both our laws and our citizens when he was caught telling the then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to give him “space” regarding missile defense until after the November election.

Mr. Obama circumvented Congress when he decided to engage in what his advisers creatively termed “kinetic military action” in Libya.

Mr. Obama appointed a recess appointment of one of his czars when, in fact, the Senate was in a pro forma session. He did this after standing against recess appointments when he was a senator.

There are so many other examples that could be given but this is enough to get an idea of Mr. Obama’s attitude toward government. If we remember where he got his political training we should have expected these things.

In all fairness to Mr. Obama, some of these things have been done by other presidents of both parities. None, however, have done it with so much disregard for the Constitution and the other branches of government as he has.

What Mr. Obama said to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev makes us wonder what he would do in another four years as president.

I suggest that all who read this begin their own education in civics. How is our government supposed to work? What are the responsibilities of each branch? What are the limits on each branch of government and the government as a whole? Most Americans today have no idea how to answer these questions. Do you?

Copyright 2017 Pierre Coovert, All rights reserved

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