RIP, rule of law

In view of today’s FBI announcement, this is regrettably today’s mandatory reading.

Excerpt:

What do these moral abortions have in common? Short term political gain over principle. These people are so used to the good life that a society’s reflexive reliance on the principle of the rule of law brings that they think they can undermine it with impunity. Oh it’s no big deal if we do this, they reason. Everyone else will keep playing by the rules, right? Everything will be fine even as we score in the short term.

The Romans had principles for a while. Then they got tempted to abandon principle for – wait for it – short term political gain. Then they got Caesar. Then the emperors. Then the barbarians. And then the Dark Ages. But hey, we’re much smarter and more sophisticated than the Romans, who were so dumb they didn’t even know that gender is a matter of choice. Our civilization is permanent and indestructible – it’s not like we are threatened by barbarians who want to come massacre us.

If our society were still healthy, there would be record crowds in D.C. in short order, demanding the resignation of both the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI.  But we don’t live in a healthy society, and that’s been clear for years.

Yesterday we celebrated the statement, years ago, that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

As for me, I DO NOT consent to a two-tiered legal system that fails to apply the law to the well-connected, rich and/or famous.

I DO NOT consent to a government hell-bent on importing large numbers of people who are neither prepared for, nor interested in adjusting to, the traditional American way of life and organizing society.

I DO NOT consent to allowing this nation to be further subsumed into a lowest-common denominator globalist framework that enriches an interlocking class of international elites at the expense of the posterity of those who founded this nation.

I DO NOT consent to be governed by those who ignore the Constitution and their duties to their fellow citizens, acting instead like the absolute kings of old who believed they embodied the law, rather than served it.

I spent 24 years wearing a military uniform–including properly handling compartmentalized classified information–in defense of this nation, ostensibly from “all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  We have plenty of the foreign variety, many of whom our leaders are determined to bring to these shores so we have to fight their influence here, as well as in the many places in the world where we have unwisely intervened.  That, to me, is the very essence of a domestic enemy.  They do not respect our nation, its history, our founding principles, or our people.  They do not care what pain they inflict, economic, physical, legal, emotional or spiritual, in the pursuit of their own self-centered personal goals and gains.  They are not “public servants.”  Instead, they seek to be our masters.

Since they have broken the covenant of governance, whereby we delegate powers to them in exchange for their careful exercise of them for the common good, we can conclude that the experiment called the “United States of America” is dead.  Sure, it’s a dead man walking, but none of its key functions work as intended anymore.  There are no checks, no balances, no accountability — only the exercise of raw power, insider networking, and the trading of favors.

Which is why, as the linked article concludes, we owe these people nothing: not respect, not loyalty, not deference, and, increasingly, not obedience.  They are so insulated from the rest of us that I don’t believe they have a clue how today’s announcement is shredding what little was left of Americans’ faith that our government and its leaders can be held accountable.  They don’t realize that this continued thumbing of their collective noses at what they suppose to be the ignorant rubes in flyover country is only increasing the palpable rage that has fueled the unlikely candidacy of a man like Trump. They’ve never stopped their scheming long enough to ask “what have we done, that voting for Trump looks like a good idea in comparison?”

Even worse, I suspect, they won’t ask “what happens when even Trump’s candidacy fails, and people who love this country no longer believe that elections can make a difference?”

I only hope that if God allows even a remnant of this nation to reclaim the principles and values that once sustained it, that the hard lessons we are learning (and, I suspect are about to learn further) are fully codified for future generations.  Mankind has a lousy track record of learning from history.  That’s how we got here.  If we’re granted any sort of reprieve, we best do better than previous generations in making the most of it.

That means, in the future, cutting off the head of the snake as it tries to enter the garden.  Not waiting for officialdom to conduct a kabuki dance inquiry into its conduct after its insinuated its way into every aspect of the system.

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