When I was young, the mantra was” don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”. Today that mantra is more like, “Do the crime, you will never, ever have to do the time!”.
The RULE of LAWLESS
When in the course of human events a nation loses its ability to promulgate, and enforce laws that nation ceases to be a nation. The state fails. Anarchy follows. Inhabitants of the space abandoned by the “failed state” survive at the mercy of those more powerful than themselves.
Tyranny follows anarchy as surely as the dawn follows night. Those “freedoms” which were enabled and protected by the nation, will be denied, and abandoned by the tyrants. Freedom is the anathema of tyranny.
The RULE of LAW
Rule of law is a principle under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are: Publicly promulgated. Equally enforced.
This RULE of LAW is one of the pillars of a successful nation. With it, a nation can flourish. Its citizens can truly seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Absent this Rule of Law, no nation can succeed. Its citizens will suffer and be subjected to the abuses of corruption and power. Remember, Machiavelli, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Laws drive a sound economy. Laws provide structure and purpose to any society.
Laws Don’t Make the Bulldog Bite
That wise and noble political strategist, Jubilation T. Cornpone, is fond of saying, “Laws are important but that don’t make the Bulldog bite.” What makes that “proverbial bulldog” bite is the certainty of punishment when you break one or more of those laws.
No country can maintain a rule of law society if its people do not respect the laws. Everyone must make a commitment to respect laws, legal authorities, legal signage and signals, and courts. ... The rule of law functions because most of us agree that it is important to follow laws every day.
Scofflaws disagree. In their world and society, the only law is that of “survival of the fittest”. The only reason they will pay attention is when faced with a certainty of punishment for breaking the law. It is the certainty of being caught and punished that deters a SCOFLAW from committing a crime.
EROSION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT = WEAKENING CERTANTY OF PUNISHMENT
Political motivations may infect the judicial process in a manner which erodes impartiality and even-handedness
Today we find police and law enforcement processes under-attack by forces which will strike down the Rule of Law and replace it with their Tyranny. We see the first steps to this Tyranny in locales where police have been defunded. In those places certainty of getting caught is questionable. In those locales if one gets caught, there is “no cash” bail requirement which lets the crooks back out on the street. If the crook ever shows up for a hearing on the crime or crimes, it is doubtful there will be any prosecution. If prosecuted, the charges for the crime are likely to be reduced to a misdemeanor and the crook will serve no prison or jail time.
Look at California. What a disaster. First, crimes against property have been dropped from felonies to misdemeanors. Shoplifting is a new varsity sport in the major cities as no one is going to be punished for it. Rioting which includes arson, assault, mayhem, and murder is now viewed as “just something rioters do”. Of the 1,000 rioters arrested in Portland for last years destruction of the city center, almost no one has been charged with a crime. NO ONE IS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.
Getting caught used to be a deterrence. As it is now, there is no likelihood of punishment, getting caught no longer matters. It is only the certainty of getting caught and being punished that deters crime.
· deterrence - punishment should put people off committing crime
· protection - punishment should protect society from the criminal and the criminal from themselves
· reformation - punishment should reform the criminal
· retribution - punishment should make the criminal pay for what they have done wrong
· reparation - punishment should compensate the victim(s) of a crime
· vindication - the punishment makes sure that the law is respected
Our current climate of anti-police, anti-justice, anti-law enforcement must change. Our country will be lost. It starts with enforcing immigration laws. It starts with punishment for those who scoff at our immigration laws and crash our borders to pillage our treasure. The current crop of elected leaders refuses to do so. We the people must act.
When congress fails to do what is right and just, we need to make changes. Otherwise, we tool down the tollway to totalitarianism. Words are important, but as “Cornpone-the-wise” would say, “words don’t make the bulldog bite.” Only our action will.