Just as a fish rots from the head, so too does the Rule of Law

The unspoken premise of the rule of law is a social contract.

We agree to observe the law in the belief that respect for the law will protect our own interests.

The logical and inevitable consequence of lawlessness on the part of those sworn to uphold the law is contempt for them and the laws they are charged to uphold.



Glenn Instapundit Reynolds

and then, even if you read it when it first came out, reread The Coming Middle Class Anarchy. “What’s really important is that law-abiding middle-class citizens are deciding that playing by the rules is nothing but a sucker’s game. . . . When the backbone of a country starts thinking that laws and rules are not worth following, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to anarchy. TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry — the upright citizenry — throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore.”

Nobody likes to feel like a sucker.

A whole crop sown in the wind is about ready for harvest.

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  • Commander_Chico

    I didn’t see you or neocon propagandist Reynolds complaining when Bush was taking American citizens into prison, in the USA, without any judicial process.

    • Retired military

      And Cheeko goes with Option B
      Obama was bad but XXXXX is worse.

      • Commander_Chico

        Well, the hypocrisy is obvious.

    • iwogisdead

      I don’t know if you saw that thing on TV a little while ago, but Bush isn’t President anymore. Try to stay up. Do you have an opinion on Hillary’s violations of law?

      • Commander_Chico

        What were her violations of law? It seems like a complicated question to me, unless she was downloading Top Secret stuff and loading it onto an unclassified system.

        • iwogisdead

          Executive Order 13526 and 18 U.S.C. § 793(f) make it unlawful
          to send or store classified information on personal email.

          Section 1236.22 of the 2009 National Archives and Records Administration says that employees who send and receive official
          electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency record keeping system.

          Further, the use of a personal emails server appears to be a preemptive move, specifically designed to circumvent FOIA.

          18 U.S.C. § 793(e) and (f) prohibit “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information.” It’s a criminal statute.

          44 U.S.C. § 3106 requires heads of agencies — no exception for State Department–to preserve and turn over all official correspondence and records to the National Archives.

          And, since it’s past my bedtime, I haven’t even included the violations relating to destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.

          • Commander_Chico

            If it makes you happy, yeah she should be prosecuted if Top Secret stuff is in those emails.

            Most stuff classified Secret is barely different than what’s in the NYT. The identities of foreign informants and their confidences is an exception and she should be prosecuted for those, too.

          • iwogisdead

            Look again. Not all of those statutes refer to “Top Secret stuff.”

        • Jwb10001

          Of course it’s complicated if it’s Hillary not so much if it’s Bush. You are so predictable.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well, Snowden, Kirikou, and others have provided proof of Bush’s crimes by now.

            But the evidence is piling up against Hillary, true.

    • iwogisdead

      Save me some time and clicks on my outdated mouse–is there something in this post about mountains?

      • Commander_Chico

        Isn’t one the alleged violations of law the naming of that mountain in Alaska? It does not seem as serious as torturing people to me.

        • Sky__Captain

          Comrade, you’re so damn blind to the transgressions of the law by Barry 0bama and his cohorts (Holder, the Hildabeast, et al) that it’s just not worth even trying to discuss it with you.

          If you really can’t see anything wrong with Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, wholesale changes to 0bamaCare (just to name a few) then there is no hope for you.

          • Commander_Chico

            I’m not defending them, just wondering why the “rule of law” is so important now.

            Fuck, Bush was having the NSA spy on all Americans without warrants.

          • We beat up on Bush for it too, FF.

          • Jwb10001

            Obama is also spying on all Americans without warrants. Gitmo is still open, Libya (Hillary’s great accomplishment) is in complete chaos. Obama dropped a drone on an American Citizen (bad guy but still execution from the sky with no trial no warrant no nothing). But for you it still all Bush.

          • Jwb10001

            And we’re wondering why the rule of law is so unimportant to you now.

        • You see no contempt for the law from your side, comrade.

          • Commander_Chico

            My side is Chico’s side. I saw a lot of contempt for the law by Obama and Holder by not prosecuting the Wall Street Ponzi fraudsters, the NSA spies, and the torturers.

          • Jwb10001

            What about dropping a drone on an American Citizen even Bush never did that.

          • Puta.

    • Show proof.

  • Paul Hooson

    Sadly, not respecting the rule of law is a very old tradition. When I worked for President Nixon as a 17 year old, it was just this disregard of the law that brought down his presidency. President Reagan had a rogue cowboy approach to foreign policy with so many illegal schemes that skirted congressional approval or knowledge, later resulting in the Oliver North or other scandals which the administration tried to blame on the death of William Casey.

    • iwogisdead

      Says the phony Jewish real estate millionaire who claims he worked for Nixon. Or the Jewish real estate millionaire phony who claims he worked for Nixon. I haven’t decided which.

      • Paul Hooson

        In 1972, President Nixon had a regional office in Portland, Oregon that would plan his visits through the area to Japan or other locations. Six of us worked in the office. At 17, I was the youngest worker there. Later, as the 1972 campaign got under way, his campaign committee took on all the operational work we once did. I later worked as a lobbyist myself. My mother well knew Mark Hatfield’s wife. Here’s a picture of my father with the senator.

    • Jwb10001

      There is a small but very important difference between Nixon and this crowd. Nixon had to resign in disgrace to avoid being impeached, that’s known as paying for breaking the law, maybe not as harshly as should have been but still more than we’re getting from this group. Laws can never be written to avoid law breaking they can only serve to force law breakers to pay for their crimes. So your Nixon analogy falls a bit short in my view.

      • Commander_Chico

        Hillary will also be brought down by this, I predict.

        • Jwb10001

          Meaning she won’t be elected president, it took a presidential pardon to keep Nixon out of jail. The comparison is lacking until Hillary gets frog marched or has Obama issue a pardon to keep her out of federal prison.

  • Hank_M

    ““What’s really important is that law-abiding middle-class citizens are deciding that playing by the rules is nothing but a sucker’s game…”

    I’ve heard this quite often from friends and neighbors and it’s also the conclusion I’ve come to.