THE LETTER OF THE LAW
By: Al Cronkrite
With laws spewing forth from 435 congressmen and a hundred senators in Washington,
40 state senators in Tallahassee, and a cadre of local legislators, Florida is being
inundated with laws. It is hard to exit our houses without breaking a law. We are suffering from stage-four legal carcinoma. With volumes of law already on the books and new
ones being added daily obedience is impossible.
For the little
yellow light before the school grounds we quickly slow from forty miles per hour to twenty
miles per hour. It blinks for a period of half hour or more twice every school day
and since it is electrically controlled sometimes when there is no school. Almost no
one walks to school anymore and there is seldom, if ever, a student visible anywhere on
the sidewalk or roadway outside the fence that surrounds the school. The slow-down
is to protect students but there are no students to protect.
Early on Sunday
morning on a six lane highway the only visible vehicle stops at a left turn signal and
being completely alone on the highway turns left against the signal. A policeman
parked off the highway in a gas station across the street stops the vehicle and the driver
pays a $300 dollar fine.
A twinge of
foolishness passes over a driver stopped at a sign when there is not another vehicle in
Granted, it is
difficult to control traffic. But traffic laws are boondoggles that have
deteriorated into a contest between police and citizens and are often used by local
governments to enhance revenue. Cameras
that record the license numbers of cars that violate traffic signals are the latest
pocket picking device. Issuing expensive tickets for actions that are safe and
logical casts a pall on the law and adds to the disdain that plagues police officers.
For most Americans
their only experience with law enforcement is a confrontation with a traffic cop.
Being forced to stop the car, ordered to produce identification, and queried as if
suspected of a crime by a policeman who is heavily armed and threatening, and who demands
compliance when thousands of other drivers are committing the same offense with impunity
rubs many victims the wrong way. The demand for acquiescence sometimes produces a
belligerence that results in innocent but stubborn citizens being dragged from their
vehicles, thrown to the pavement, handcuffed and transported to a local jail. Judges
support belligerent cops.
deterioration of the policies of our police forces has resulted in a self-protective, self
indulgent attitude in organizations that used to serve the public but now have often
become an enemy to those they are supposed to serve. It is illegal for a citizen to
lie to a policeman but legal for a policeman to lie to a citizen. It is legal for
policemen to beat up a suspect but illegal for the suspect to resist. Without seeing
a weapon, solely on suspicion of lethal resistance policemen can murder an innocent
suspect with impunity. The innocent murdered suspect is quickly forgotten but when a
policeman is murdered the grieving process is grandiose.
Over forty years ago
President Nixon proclaimed drugs enemy number one and began the disastrous War
on Drugs. Like the War on Terror it is perennial, like the experience with
Prohibition it is futile, and like the misuse of traffic laws it has become a source of
illegitimate revenue. Millions of dollars have been confiscated and used to enrich
local police departments. In some states a few ounces of marijuana found by a
sniffing dog can result in the loss of ones car, ones cash, and ones
freedom. The arbitrary appropriation of large amounts of cash and property receives
little publicity but policemen strive to find these marks sometimes using instructions
that are readily available on the internet. Read about this travesty here and here
and robbery used to be the three major crimes. Today, selectively determined
sexual offenses are the most feared and most punished. Murderers no
longer receive the headline coverage awarded to child molesters. Murder is routine
while child molestation is sensational. Sex offenders are branded with a symbolic
S.O. that like Hesters Scarlet Letter identifies their existence. However,
unlike Hawthorns Hester who gained acceptance, their sentence involves a lifetime of
being feared, shunned, and persecuted often for political advantage.
We have created an
artificial set of laws that apply to children but the definition of children has become as
blurred as the definition of a baby. Eighteen is broadly accepted as the age of
adulthood but being chronologically adult bears no relationship to personal maturity; some
individuals are mature at thirteen and others are immature a thirty. Humanist
abortion advocates claim that fetuses are not human beings. This
definition becomes seriously questionable at the time of birth when a full orbed baby is
sometimes mutilated to obtain stem cells that were touted as potential cures for human
diseases but are also being used for commercial purposes such as food
a developing baby is as murderous as killing an adult and much more cowardly.
Laws against murder, adultery, and fornication need to be enforced, regardless of
age. What is bad for children is also bad for adults. Sin is not and should
not be age related.
R. J. Rushdoony
writes, Inability to learn: this is our national problem. We are destroying
everything that made us great. We are undermining the farmer and pushing him toward
ruin. We are pursuing immoral courses as though they were Godly ones. And,
like a gambler, the more foolish we become, the more we persuade ourselves that our course
of action will make us a winner. Humanists are unable to learn. They may
be smart as whips but they are unable to apprehend and follow truth. Rushdoony
maintains, The Word of God must be proclaimed, and it must be studied. Then
men can learn by experience.
It is a frightening
thing to fall into the clutches of our legal system. When the law, the courts, and
the judges fail to produce justice the system becomes torturous. Unjust laws upheld
by dishonest lawyers in courts conducted by wisdom impaired judges produce unpredictable
and outrageous decisions.
It is the inability
of the unrepentant to learn that causes society to revert to mordant anarchy.
History clearly documents the evil nature of human beings; it is a litany of strife and
war. Unable and unwilling to learn from history in spite of superior mental acuity
the unrepentant stubbornly maintain that human beings are good. This
erroneous impression of goodness produces a legal system that is more concerned with human
opinion and the law it produces than with the overarching justice of the Creator.
When the letter of
the law is enforced, court officials will allow
an incorrect decision to stand in spite of proof of innocence.
In his 1978
iconic speech at Harvard Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, I have spent all my life
under a Communist regime and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal
scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not
quite worthy of man either. A society which is based on the letter of the law and never
reaches any higher is scarcely taking advantage of the high level of human
survive in a system that depends on the enforcement of the letter of human law.
Without the objective legal system provided by the Creator the legal foundation of society
is hopelessly flawed and when a flawed subjective legal system is enforced by assiduous
police, injustice is rampant.
Instead of the
static law provided by God, in this day of messianic government we have attempted to
produce what God intended through the product of human intellect. The result is a
legal system without an anchor plagued by the anarchy of brilliant human minds but bereft
As social injustice
produces more and more unrest law enforcement has become more vicious. Policemen who
in former days were peace keepers have now become law enforcers and are being equipped
like invading armies. See
Italy is noted for
reckless drivers. On the Autostrada the left lane is reserved for high speeds and
cars often careen along a hundred miles an hour. Slow drivers do not drive in the
left lane. On rural roads, traffic moves quickly with cars and scooters darting in
and out of tight spaces. When there is no traffic Italians ignore stop signs.
In the cities scooters are everywhere they ride between cars, through, and in the outer
lanes against traffic; they are carefully avoided. Speeding tickets and citations
for violations are infrequent as long as there are no accidents. When there
is an accident it is thoroughly investigated and fines are assessed on the violator.
There is more
justice in Italian enforcement then there is in America.
produce winners and losers; they do not produce justice. The judge maintains order
and oversees legal compliance. The law is upheld but justice is forgotten, no
one gets it, including the accused; if he is guilty and his lawyer wins he will go free
and if he is innocent and his lawyer loses he will go to jail.
government of the United States of America imprisons more people per
capita than any other nation in the world; though many of our citizens consider
nations like China and Russia tyrannical neither nation has as large a percentage of their
population incarcerated as we have in America.
A note to my
readers: Fifteen year ago our home was new. Now we are in the process of
fixing the things that have worn. We put in new flooring which involved unbelievable
chaos hundreds of books removed from and returned to the shelves, furniture moved
from and returned to every room; carpet and tiles installers in and out of the house for
several days. Lots of upset but now it is complete. We sold our motor home and
I have supplemented my beloved Vespa scooter with a larger Honda (I can no longer handle a
motorcycle but do well with the scooters.) Patty is planning to retire from her job
at the end of this school year so we will be trying to sell a car and a scooter in a
terrible market. I am hoping to return some of the housework to her and spend more
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Al Cronkrite is a free-lance
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