To the Editor,
“But where, says some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you … in America THE LAW IS KING” (Thomas Paine, Common Sense).
Most probably know who Thomas Paine was and have heard of the pamphlet he authored, Common Sense, which rallied the colonies to rise up and declare their independence from England. However, as true as his statement was that began this essay, I regret to say that in America today, our “King” is no more.
How can this be, you might ask, as it seems we are deluged with a multitude of laws in ever increasing waves. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of our forefathers in the 1830s, “in America one man never obeys another man, only justice or the law” (“Democracy in America”). We now have a government — a president, legislators and a host of judges — who routinely disobey the law, namely the supreme law of the land, our Constitution, a law they have taken an oath to uphold.
They pervert the very purpose and nature of what law is to be. In his treatise titled “The Law,” Frederic Bastiat raised the simple question “What is the law,” to which he gave a simple response: “The Law is Justice.” So we must ask, What then is Justice? The answer is again a simple one that was at one time the very core of American values, namely all are considered equal under the law.
In light of this I ask you — are all being treated equally under the law today? For example, are not certain ones being given special exemptions in respect to Obamacare whereas others are not? Contemplate how many more of such inequities abound in this government today, and see that indeed justice no longer holds sway because respect for law no longer exists. Instead we have an imperial emperor we refer to as “President,” a Congress that is unresponsive to our petitions, and an unrestrained judiciary.
America, it is time that we re-crown our “King.” We deserve better; we can do better.
GOP Congressional candidate