As of late, it is of particular concern to every American citizen that the rule of law is increasingly ignored, particularly by the self labeled “progressives”, more commonly known as the political left. Yahoo News reports that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kale announced Thursday that she will not defend the state’s gay marriage ban against a challenge brought by 21 gay Pennsylvanians who want to marry in the state or have their out-of-state marriage recognized. The same thing happened in California when Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown declined to defend Proposition 8.
Image Credit: Blue the Nation
This practice and attitude of not defending, nor enforcing law that one does not agree with sets an alarming precedent. In Arizona, state law SB 1070 merely mirrored federal immigration law, yet the United States Department of Justice said S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally interferes with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy, explaining that “the Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country.” A patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement. Having enacted its own immigration policy that conflicts with federal immigration law, Arizona “crossed a constitutional line.” Of course, the truth is that the Department of Justice DOES NOT enforce federal immigration law. That was the whole reason why Arizona lawmakers felt a need to pass the law in the first place. The lack of respect for the rule of law leaves room for a government that is undeserving of trust to begin with to impose its tyranny later, on a whim, when the winds of political convenience deem such a move necessary by the powers that be.