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Nothing Can Destroy a Government More Quickly

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I was doing some research today and came across this statement by former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example…. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law into himself; it invites anarchy. State v. Martinez, 165 P.3d 1050, 1057 (Kan. App. 2007).

Indeed, as Justice Clark said in Mapp v. Ohio: Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.

Few phrases better describe what the Obama Administration, and many State Attorneys General are doing. President Obama, Eric Holder and their willing surrogates have become regular “lawbreakers,” breeding contempt for the law, by failing to observe the laws the people have duly enacted. Of course no government can truly enforce all of its laws, particularly when the number of laws has multiplied exponentially as ours have. Yet there is a difference between failing to enforce all laws because it is an impossible task, and willfully deciding not to enforce laws with which one happens to disagree.

These leaders decide which parts of laws, and which entire laws, they will and will not enforce based on their own political and personal whims. And they do so with proud and brazen face. They arrogate to themselves the prerogatives of dictators and autocrats who are a law unto themselves. Many States Attorney Generals are conducting themselves similarly, no doubt emboldened by the lawlessness of Mr. Holder, who encourages such behavior. They say to the people whom they ostensibly serve: “Go take a flying leap!” Thus, the laws they have sworn by a solemn oath to uphold and defend, they trash and negate in their contempt.

Therefore, I took our Supreme Court’s words above as a cautionary tale, and wonder if Justice Clark wasn’t correct in his assessment that “nothing can destroy a government more quickly” then heaping contempt on one’s own laws in the way we are now doing.




Written by Michael Duenes

February 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Posted in Duenes, Government

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