Sowell: Tyranny or the Rule of Law?


This past week, Thomas Sowell’s column asked if we are on a slippery slope to tyranny. With Washington’s current trend, what other conclusion can we come to?  Ignoring and circumventing the rule of law is the root cause of most of our problems now, and Sowell knows it.

Giving the most recent example of Obama’s demands to hold and distribute BP money, Sowell has the following to say:

With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution.

The BP money is just the latest in a string of examples, where our current administration is picking and choosing which laws to recognize and which laws it cares to enforce. Just a few that come to mind are:

  • The refusal to assist Arizona and other states in enforcing immigration law, and the threat from ICE to possibly refuse to process illegal immigrants Arizona sends them.

Sowell’s column continued with the following:

If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in constitutional government.

And, without constitutional government, freedom cannot endure. There will always be a “crisis” — which, as the president’s chief of staff has said, cannot be allowed to “go to waste” as an opportunity to expand the government’s power.

Despite our anger with BP, banks, car manufacturers or anyone else, we can’t change our laws to suit individual situations. The laws and the Constitution, despite some current progressive thought, are not “evolving” and open to their personal interpretation or whims.

Conservatives need to fight this as a priority over individual issues, as allowing our government to dismiss our laws and “evolve” the Constitution to match their agenda effects everything else and will be our undoing.