Reverence for the rule of law, the doctrine under which all persons, institutions and entities are accountable to the law and results in justice, has been basic in our society.

Throughout history people have been looking for what is just. As Dorothy Thompson (journalist) said, “It has required centuries of evolution to take the conduct of justice out of the hands of the multitude – away from the mob and the marketplace, where rumor, hearsay, passion and mass emotion so easily hold sway – to take justice to quiet chambers, surround it with rules and restrictions and conduct it with dignity and decorum.”

Not following the rule of law results in anarchy and loss of liberty, rather than justice. Lin Yutang (author and philosopher) indicated that what threatens civilization is not war, but the changing conception of life values entailed by certain political doctrines. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (philosopher) stated, “No more grievous and more thorough enemies of freedom exist than liberal institutions.” Hong Kong’s abiding by the rule of law, for example, has made it a place where freedom exists, but the communists in Beijing find it restricting and prefer to do without it.

The tendency to ignore the rule of law in America is an abuse and contrary to liberty as exemplified by the following: Benghazi; fast and furious; federal district courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal extending jurisdiction to the whole nation; Open borders and failure to revise immigration laws; sanctuary cities, counties and states; recent Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) petitions; and the just completed impeachment process by the House of Representatives.

“We the People” must insist that our society require strict observance of the rule of law doctrine applied equally to all without regard to politics or political correctness.

Jack Levitt

Bozeman