by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
In a number of my essays, the question has been raised, where do we find “the rule of law”, along with the parallel question, “how do we know what is right”? Today’s decision regarding the individual mandate and its constitutionality has brought this question to the point it must be answered clearly and succinctly.
When our Nation was established, our Declaration set out the manner in which we discover our rights, stating self evident facts, which, brought together, form natural laws, and such “natural laws” are law because they are self-supporting and self evident”.
As the Constitution was being written, this was the foundation for all our establishing of principle, if we can’t find cause within a principle to find it a matter of truth, if we can’t find external self evident truths that together comprise a proposed principle, we must consider it no more than an idea or desire, because it is obvious the Universe operates under laws which don’t change, and would be leaping away from logic and rationality to establish society, part and parcel to this Universe, while denying the principles upon which we base all our observations upon.
For most of the past two millennia, there have been two basic principles “the rule of law” has been based upon. The first is and has been the rule of force. It was first because it is entirely natural when two people meet for dominance to be determined, and the farther away from a fixed society this meeting takes place, the more certain strength of force will determine the rule of law.
The second principle which has come to be the foundation of “the rule of law” comes out of long established society and custom, straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ, and was established when the Pharisees demanded of Jesus what right did he have to teach in Temple, and further, if he was a teacher, which commandments were most important, and which were lesser.
To this, Jesus replied in essence, you have asked me this not because you wish to learn, but so you have a statement of mine you can twist and turn, and use against me, to reduce me. He then said the law was laid before them, in its fullness, and easy enough for children to understand, however he would make it even easier for those such as themselves with difficulty understanding. He stated “you must love God with all your heart, your mind, your body, and your strength, and then you must love your neighbor as yourself. If you do these two things, you will have fulfilled the whole of the Law and The Prophets.
Our Constitution was written using first principles, finding self-evident truth, considering it in conjunction with other self evident truths, and with logic and reason, expounding upon the simple answers, and finding the reasoned more complex answers in this way. The most important aspects of our “rule of law” from the very beginning was the notice the only reasonable purpose for establishing governments is to defend the natural rights of people who form themselves into societies, and must establish rules of interactions which recognize the rights of all, and reduce the rights of none.
The “rule of law” therefore must start with the fact that all Man is endowed with rights, and no man may abrogate another’s. It is a fact that as the society grows, so do the number and kind of interactions, and people will have differing ideas on how such interactions should be guided. It is thus that “the rule of law” must be established, in order to assure we will not trample any rights, while affording everyone equal opportunity.
To be a self governing Nation, a people must be capable of governing their own personal actions, or they don’t have the capacity to come together and govern themselves. The same principle is true with the rule of law. The law must be seen by all as having exactly the same form and influence on every person, for it to qualify as “equal”, and that is the standard by which we have determined men must be measured to fulfill our concept of “right”.
The most fundamental aspect of our Constitution, our form of society at the time of our founding, and our society in and of its self, was the utter simplicity of every bit of it, with the founders recognizing that only in utter simplicity can one easily keep what is good for many from crushing the few. They spent long hours for many months, and in doing so, produced the simplest Nation establishing document in the history of Nations.
Our own decision of how we would form “the rule of law” for our federal Republic was based on the principle of self evident facts, and the understanding that true laws are self-regulating. No one questions the law of gravity, it is self evident. No one should question who reaps what is sown, the answer is as obvious as the nose on our faces.
The only reason there is any question regarding “the rule of law” is precisely because its means of discovery has been hidden. The way of proving it out has been put away, and any question on such a line is forbidden. The form and function of “law” has been taught to a different purpose than solely securing the Natural Endowed rights of each and all, and lies have been put in the place for reason.
The sole reason the question of the legitimacy of mandated health care had to be sent to a supreme court is the simple fact no part of our government even considers “the rule of law” in any of its daily practices or operations. The answer to the question which was buried in three thousand pages which comprise this new “law” is simple. Does this proposed law in any way provide a substantive enhanced access to The People’s natural rights? Does this proposed law impede any individual’s right in any way?
The single most important aspect of “the rule of law” is the second half of that. There can be no good purpose in any law and no proper reason for making any law, if it does not meet completely, both these two questions. For the rational person, there can be no doubt the supreme court got it completely wrong, again.
Copyright June 28th 2012 by Gulf1