Saturday, February 27, 2016

Advancing Lawlessness

"And, when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?"
--Sir Thomas More (A Man for All Seasons)

As Donald Trump continues to gain ground in Republican primaries, progressives are becoming increasingly uneasy about the spectre of a Trump presidency. Al Sharpton, for example, claims that if Trump wins then he will leave the country because Trump would "probably have me deported anyhow."

The lawlessness that progressives envision under a Trump presidency would only be an extension of the lawlessness that they have condoned under the Obama administration. Unfortunately for them, it would not be their brand of lawlessness.

Therein lies the problem with discretionary rule. Things are fine when it's your guy ruling by fiat. But when your guy is replaced by someone with a different view of the world, then you're in trouble.

Justice, they say, is blind. So is true law. True law does not care who sits in the oval office because a president could not bend it to suit his or her wishes.

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