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What do we really 'need'?

Posted by: borg on September 27, 1999 at 01:52:58:

In Reply to: That is why we need a government of laws, not of men. posted by David on September 17, 1999 at 00:13:18:


: That is why we need a government of laws, not of men. If the laws are objective and not open to interpretation, than you cannot have the numerous loopholes in the legal system as there are now.

Now we have the U.S Federal Register. Last I heard it was 150,000
pages and growing. It appears there are plenty of folks out there
trying hard to 'close these damn loopholes'.

"There is in fact a true law -- namely, right reason -- which is in
accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable
and eternal. By its commands this law summons men to the
performance of their duties; by its prohibitions it restrains them
from doing wrong. Its commands and prohibitions always
influence good men, but are without effect upon the bad. To
invalidate this law by human legislation is never morally right, nor
is it permissible ever to restrict its operation, and to annul it wholly
is impossible. Neither the senate nor the people can absolve us
from our obligation to obey this law, and it requires no Sextus
Aelius to expound and interpret it. It will not lay down one rule at
Rome and another at Athens, nor will it be one rule today and
another tomorrow."

Cicero, 51 BC
On the Commonwealth

And for 2000 years we haven't learned this lesson.

This makes my eyes cross and smoke come out of my ears.


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