A key element of transforming a nation from one form of government to another is to intimidate the citizens. Those seeking the transformation to a tyrannical form of government understand that some need to be made examples so the masses will fear to oppose. Different standards are used for opponents from which are used for supporters. This is a common thread of all tyrannical governments. Our founders understood that for our Republic to work properly we must always adhere to rule of law and reject arbitrary law. A key part of the transformation promised by Comrade Obama on October 30, 2008, requires a transformation from rule of law to arbitrary law.
Our founders created a republic and rejected democracy. A republic has the law as the Supreme Law of the Land, while a democracy is rule by the majority of some ruling body. It is that majority of that ruling body that determines what factors are to be used when policies are adopted or cases are decided. The Constitution of the United States is the law for our republic and thus it is the Supreme Law of the Land. The Constitution cannot, if we are to remain a republic, be overruled by any branch of government not can it be overruled by the majority of any kind.
The basic principle of rule of law includes the following:
Citizens are accountable to the law.
Leaders are accountable to the law.
The law is universally applied and fair to all citizens and therefore, it is just.
Transparency/open government allows citizens to see the operations of government and ensure leaders respect the law.
Laws must be enforced equally and impartially.
Arbitrary law is law determined by the majority of the ruling body simply because they will it. The law could ignore the Constitution, it could be loosely based on the Constitution, or it could distort the Constitution.
The basic principle of arbitrary law includes the following:
Citizens of different classes are accountable to the law while others are not.
The law is not applied to leaders within the majority of the ruling body.
The law is applied differently to different sets of citizens, it is not fair nor is it just.
There is total secrecy in government.
Laws are applied differently to different groups. The majority of the ruling body determines if certain groups such as social groups, economic groups, groups determined by race, gender, or political affiliation will be treated justly or unjustly.
Rule of law is essential to a republic, to a free society. Arbitrary law is essential to democracy, to a tyrannical government. You decide if the United States today is a republic or a democracy, adheres to rule of law or arbitrary law.
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