Too big to jail

Too big to jail

If it wasn’t clear before, the rule of law is dead in this country. Oh, there are still laws, and you can still be arrested for them, but if you’re part of the political elite, they just don’t apply to you anymore. And there are so many of them, and they are so complex, that you probably break the law many times a day without even noticing it.

“I have nothing to hide”, you might say, and it may be true. But if someone wants to find something, they easily can. But, depending on who you are, it doesn’t matter if they find something; they can shout your guilt to the world, but you will not pay the price.

Yes, this is something of a downer episode, but it needs to be said.

Mentioned links:

Quote / CounterQuote

The Federalist No. 62

FBI boss Comey’s 7 most damning lines on Clinton

Comey challenges truthfulness of Clinton’s email defenses

Clinton Is Above The Law, So The Law Is Dead (Matt Walsh)

Here Are 35 Email Lies Hillary Is Still Telling On Her Campaign Website

“A Republic, if You Can Keep It”

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Show transcript

The law is dead. It may have been ailing for quite a while, but recent events demonstrate just how dead it really is.

Founding Father John Adams said that ours was a government of laws, not men. By that he meant that we were ruled by the laws of the land, not a king or an emperor, or anyone else who was above the law. We are a republic, so the people’s representatives hash out the laws, and judges rule based on those laws, not based on their own ideas or feelings. But this idea is now completely dead in the United States.

Let me explain. That was the ideal back when the colonies were complaining about how the treatment they got from Great Britain was contrary to the laws of Great Britain. And it was the ideal when the colonies declared their independence, and setup their own government. The laws may be flawed, like the men and women who would make them, but at least you would know where you stood when appealing to the law, and those laws could not be ignored at a whim.

But one of the problems that has destroyed the law is that there are so many laws that you can’t be sure what exactly the law says. In The Federalist number 62, in defending the idea of the new constitution for the United States, James Madison wrote this:

It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.

The founding fathers knew full well that more and more laws meant less and less control by the people, and more and more power for the federal government, which they considered a necessary evil, and therefore was to be constrained by the constitution they were writing. But today, what do we have? Exactly the problem that Madison warned of. Thus, the rule of law is undermined, because no one, not even our own legislators, can read or comprehend the laws that they themselves are passing. Nancy Pelosi unknowingly announced this problem to the world when she said, of the ObamaCare bill, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Yeah, well it was passed, and it is nothing at all like how it was explained, and the President had to come later and fix things unilaterally. But it still didn’t live up to the promises they made about it. That’s one way you destroy the rule of law; make the law so complex that it can’t be understood. Well, and lie about it.

More recently, we got an example of how the law does not apply to the elites of this nation, but only to the regular, everyday people who are not as well connected.

FBI Director James Comey said of the way that one of these elites handled government email, that she was extremely careless handling it, that she should have known that an unsecured email server was no place to have sensitive government conversations, that even if classified information is not marked as such, she was still obligated to protect it, that her carelessness allowed our enemies to get access to that information, and that she withheld subpoenaed information from the FBI investigation.

He then said that since she didn’t intend to do any of this, then she wouldn’t be charged, even though intent is not required for these crimes. Oh, and 2 days later, he told Congress that her denials that any of this had been done can be used to prove intent.

And he noted in his original statement that, just because she was not indicted for this, doesn’t mean that other people wouldn’t be. One law for her, another for you.

So instead of being indicted, Hillary Clinton is on track to become the 2016 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Let that sink in for a bit.

And by the way, her husband, Bill? Yeah, as President himself, apparently sexual harassment laws towards a subordinate didn’t apply to him, either.

Matt Walsh had an excellent article on this. I really encourage you to read it. The link, as usual, is in the show notes. I’d love to read it all, but here’s just one paragraph.

There is no justice in America. At least not for the protected classes. And if they are immune from justice, then justice cannot be said to exist. After all, the laws that constrain the most powerful are arguably the most important. If I break the law as a measly little blogger on the internet, there’s only so much damage I can do. If the secretary of state breaks the law, she can jeopardize the safety and security of hundreds of millions, even billions, of people. And she did break it. And she did jeopardize them. And the law has been unilaterally rewritten to shield her from prosecution, so there is no law. There is only “law.” There is only whatever the most powerful say the law is at any given moment. The law is their word. The law is not real.

We do not live in a democracy. That’s simple majority rule; two lions and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. That is the rule of men. We, instead, live in a republic. That’s when the laws primarily define what is and isn’t allowed. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government the new United States would be, he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I’m sorry Ben. It appears we’ve lost it.

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