On The Rule of Law:
So few young people today understand that the rule of law is the precondition of an ordered society in which free men and women act in liberty. It is no overstatement to say that, without the rule of law, we cannot have liberty, and that this is a truth, not merely a theory. In the absence of this truth, all we are left with is power. We see that in the perversion of our judiciary, which increasingly legislates, rather than interprets law; in our legislative branch which, unchecked, pursues remedies far beyond what the framers and the U.S. Constitution would allow; and in our executive branch, where the presidency seems imperial.
Anyone who can look the American public in the eye and say we are passing along a better country to our children than the one that we received is lying. We should be ashamed of ourselves. The other side speaks of equality of outcome as if it were the endgame.
But government is a referee, not an enforcer of “fairness” as subjectively redefined by each session of Congress. No one is asking the people to stop and think about who the arbiters of equality are going to be; what standard they’re going to be using; and is that standard to be etched in stone or, as is the case and so far, written on cigarette paper. I find that, when leaders talk about progress, it is only to avoid talking about their policy, in the context of what is good and right.
I hate forensic analysis. I know the Republican Party lost. And in many ways the outcome was deserved. Some of our candidates revealed that they were out of touch with reality. And I wonder if some of them in fact are detached from the real world.
What keeps me committed to the conservative movement are the virtues it has always stood for. In the classic fusion of libertarian and traditional conservatism, we recognize that men and women cannot be virtuous unless they are free to pursue virtue.
- B.W. Hughes, Jr, diarist at RedState