Disrespect for the Law
By Bonnie M. Parsley 10/1/19
I worry about the future of our country when we see rampant disrespect for the law. We see it everywhere from grammar school to the halls of Congress. We are learning that the law is only as good as the people who adhere to it, and freedom can only be sustained by a citizenry that willingly obeys the law. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Children learn respect for the law from their parents. If they see their parents speed up when a traffic light turns yellow, even when they could have stopped, they get a message that it is okay to ignore traffic laws. This may seem like a small thing, but it does set an example. If children hear their parents speak about the police and local laws in a negative way, they will absorb these negative attitudes. These attitudes can lead to a breakdown of civil society.
California Governor Newsom has signed a bill prohibiting schools from suspending a willingly defiant student in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. What will this do to instill a respect for classroom rules? When kids understand that there are no serious consequences for bad behavior, classroom order will deteriorate. Children who want to learn will be harmed. You can find more information on the California law here.
We have witnessed extreme lawless behavior by Antifa. We see police told to stand down while they watch these young people destroy property. We saw news reports where they attacked a journalist who was trying to report on their activities. These mobs claim they are against fascists while using fascist tactics. They have no respect for the law and believe the ends justifies the means.
The disrespect for the law has greatly increased since the Democrats refused to accept the results of the 2016 election. They promote the idea that since Hillary won the popular vote, that she should be president. They do not understand the reasoning behind why the founders made the Electoral College vote determine who became president. This was actually ingenious for it gave small states some say in our elections. Otherwise only the four largest cities in the nation would be determining the presidency.
Democrats have accused Trump of working with the Russians to win the election and their unfounded accusations divided the country. Not only that, the subsequent investigation based on a lie, was started by lawless behavior in the FBI. When we discovered that the top law enforcement agency in our country was willing to break the law to spy on the Trump campaign it eroded our confidence in law enforcement. The only laws they believe in are ones that help their political ideology. This attitude permeates the media, academia and many politicians.
Now we hear Democratic Presidential candidates express support for open borders. They do not want illegal aliens deported. They lie about the border patrol, the detentions centers and ICE. There is nothing they will not do to protect illegal immigrants, even criminal illegal immigrants. What should we think when leaders of our country do not respect our laws?
The most disturbing thing that we see happening is the disrespect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Every citizen must understand that these documents are what protect our society from devolving into chaos. They are the basic laws of the United States of America. They acknowledge our God-given freedom, which gives each of us the opportunity to design our life and use our talents to achieve our dreams for ourselves and our families.
A renewed respect for the law can save this country from the hatred that threatens our future. Americans must wake up to how lawlessness and uncivil behavior will lead to a collapse of our society. We must restore respect for each other, even those with whom we disagree. We must acknowledge the importance of trust in our officials and they must prove to us that they are worthy of our trust. Laws must be made by a consensus of the people through their representatives and not forced on us by unelected judges.
Sometimes the task before us seems overwhelming, but America has met these challenges in the past. We must remember how we have overcome prejudice, ignorance and fear in the past and become a stronger nation than before. We must steel ourselves for the battle to restore respect for the law and recognize we must do this if we want to have a country.
Bonnie Parsley is a former schoolteacher. She has been active in Republican political organizations for the past 15 years. She has written many published articles which she compiled into a book titled “Restoring American Exceptionalism.” She is also the author of a booklet contrasting political parties, their philosophies, their goals and the consequences of each for America.