Let’s have a conversation about “Rule Of Law.”
It gets thrown around a lot when talking about immigration. I’ll use a current congressional candidate as an example: David Brat.
Brat is trying to challenge Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th district. “Trying” being the operative word. It’s a very uphill fight.
The one thing that he campaigns heavily on is how much he dislikes Eric Cantor. Cantor is mentioned on his website almost as often as Brat is. But a policy sticking point is immigration. So much so that any talk of “amnesty” – which Eric Cantor is not on record for supporting – is placed under “Protecting Values”:
Our nation has always believed that those who work hard and play by the rules can and should have an opportunity to rise in this country, and we have always respected the rule of law.
Unfortunately, however, Eric Cantor has partnered with big business special interests and Barack Obama to move forward on amnesty in Congress.
Brat’s assertion is false in the face of the fact that Eric Cantor recently came out and said any talk of immigration reform is hindered by President Obama’s unwillingness to enforce current laws:
He noted that President Obama’s recent comments during his State of the Union address, “When Congress doesn’t work with me, I’ll just go do it myself,” have created a level of distrust and “constitutional questions” regarding his willingness to work with people across the aisle.
Cantor highlighted the “disaster” of the president’s signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, as further evidence that the country and Congress have doubts about the administration’s ability to enforce successful legislation already on the books.
But that’s beside the point.
Brat and others like to cite “Rule of Law” when talking about immigration enforcement. We have laws, they must be enforced, whether we like them or not!
But then there’s Obamacare, where rule of law seems to go right out the window. See Dave Brat’s website, under “Promoting Economic Growth”:
Our debt rises, Obamacare remains the law of the land, businesses are still afraid to hire, and families are still struggling to make ends meet. Jobs are scarce and, if we continue on the same path, the future is bleak.
As our congressman, Dave Brat will end the reckless spending and fight every day to get rid of Obamacare.
Read that first bit again:
OBAMACARE REMAINS THE LAW OF THE LAND
DAVE BRAT WILL… FIGHT EVERY DAY TO GET RID OF OBAMACARE.
But, Rule of Law!
While rule of law is nice, short, and fits on a bumper sticker, there’s a bit of an issue when one brings up the history of, say, laws being changed or even being resisted because of their immoral nature – from slavery to civil rights to the life of a child in the womb to, oh, Obamacare’s mandates on individuals and religious institutions.
The only rule of law that is absolute is that handed down by God himself. The rest is debatable. Argue on the merits or demerits, but don’t hide behind a slogan that only applies on the laws you want enforced.