Friday, August 12, 2016

Maine Wire: A nation of laws?


The Maine Wire ran another one of our commentaries this week.  You can find their presentation of the item here:

Their editorial practices are a bit less flexible than our own, especially as it pertains to the use of embedded graphics, which as regular readers know, is something we use extensively, if not wisely.

They chose to drop this visual


in favor of the stock US Capitol shot above.  A matter of personal taste, we suppose.  The lovely shot of King George III (the third) followed this opening text:

Recently I attended the MHPC luncheon at which Tom Fitton, Head of Judicial Watch, was the guest. As he spoke, it occurred to me that saying we are ‘a nation of laws’ needs a modifier, and that would be ‘from time to time.’ Or if you prefer, ‘when we feel like it.’

Having laws on the books is one thing; administering them, obeying them, and enforcing them is an entirely different concern. And these are the things that matter; not having the laws on the books.

It became apparent as Tom spoke that when it comes to the latter aspects, we are anything but a nation of laws. In fact we are just the opposite.

You may recall that the President who would be King, currently reigning over the United States, came into office on the heels of an unusual public statement by his Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. Most prior presidents said they were ready to lead, serve or govern. But in the climate of today’s imperial ‘administration,’ such old-fashioned ideas are passé.

“Given the daunting challenges that we face, it is important that President-elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one,” Jarrett, then Co-Chair of the Obama Transition Team told Tom Brokaw.

We hope you’ll read the entire published column, and perhaps be motivated to ponder the subject, and our current state of affairs, a bit more deeply.


It can’t hurt to know who your Kings are, even if we’re not talking chess.

Your move, reader.

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