Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thinking About 'Law'

There's more to the Bundy mess than Harry Reid's silly-assed pronouncement..

"Human law is law only by virtue of its accordance with right reason; and thus it is manifest that it flows from the eternal law. And in so far as it deviates from right reason it is called an unjust law; in such case it is no law at all, but rather a species of violence." -- Thomas Aquinas

The concept of "right reason" is foreign to the Left, of course.  And it's becoming a foreign concept to the McConnell Republicans, too.

But it should become a discussion topic. 

Here, McCarthy contributes another important element to the controversy, more elegantly stated than Williamson's of yesterday.

...The legitimacy of law and our commitment to uphold it hinge on our sense that the law and its execution are just. As John Hinderaker points out, concerns about the desert tortoise—the predicate for taking lawful action against Nevada ranchers under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—turn out to be pretextual. The ideologues who run the government only want to enforce the ESA against a disfavored class, the ranchers. If you’re a well-connected Democrat who needs similar land for a solar project, the Obama administration will not only refrain from enforcing the ESA against you; it will transport the tortoises to the ranchers’ location in order to manufacture a better pretext for using the law to harass the ranchers.

When law becomes a politicized weapon rather than a reflection of society’s shared principles, one can no longer expect it to be revered in a manner befitting “political religion.” And when the officials trusted to execute law faithfully violate laws regularly, they lose their presumption of legitimacy. Much of the public is not going to see the Feds versus Bundy as the Law versus the Outlaw; we are more apt to see it as the Bully versus the Small Fry....(HT:  ColdFury)

The legitimacy of the PajamaBoy President's regime, if it depended only on 'just execution of the law,' is non-existent.  It has been deteriorating since Fast & Furious and has become zip-zero-nada with the Lerner revelations--not to mention PajamaBoy's own demolition of inconvenient parts of ObozoCare.

So yah.  Bring it on, Obozo.  You have nothing.

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