“What Winds Will Blow Then?” – What Happens When Society Becomes Lawless

In his classic play, A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt shows us why the law matters – and what happens when a society becomes lawless.

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This post was originally published on August 29, 2010 in the middle of the kerfuffle over illegal immigration and Arizona’s SB 1070. Not much has changed. In fact, The Donald has re-lit that fuse.

Meanwhile, our southern border still leaks like a sieve. President Lawless is still President Lawless.  Add a recently deceased Supreme Court justice into the nix. The Apple grapple. John Kerry. Loretta Lynch. The Jayster. Toss in a sprig or two of Senator Santa Claus and Shrillary. Stir. And you’ve got Cloward-Piven Stew.

Here we are, some six years later:


The battle over illegal immigration has reached fever pitch with Arizona’s SB 1070. Many Americans are sick and tired of the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil utilitarian approach taken by Obama and Company regarding borders that leak like a sieve.  So what does our esteemed Chief Executive do?  He orders the Department of Justice to file suit – not against law-breakers entering the country illegally, not to enforce existing law or protect U.S. citizens – but to sue a sovereign state which has the audacity to make crime illegal.

Who does this guy think he works for?  Either the Obama administration is the modern-equivalent of the Keystone Kops, or this sort of stupidity is intentional.  It just adds to the chaos.  But then, he needs the chaos.

He Needs the Chaos

Think about it. Look at the track record.  You don’t really think Obama signed the extension on unemployment benefits because his heart bleeds for the unemployed, do you?  Or because he’s ever been out of work himself and knows what it’s like? (“Out” of work?  Heck, this guy’s never had a real job!)  He signed the unemployment extension, bailed out auto manufacturers, shoved “health care” down our throats, “reformed” Wall Street and has been spending money like a drunken sailor because he needs you to be dependent upon government.

Obama and his cronies need the chaos, such as the furor over SB 1070 and illegal immigration, so Big Government can come riding to the rescue.  It’s what feeds Obama’s “change” from a free and independent constitutional republic to an uber-socialist state.

~~ “The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.” ~~

– Frederic Bastiat, The Law

Newsflash: Breaking the Law is Illegal

America has this quaint, old-fashioned notion called the Rule of Law (or at least we used to).  A “criminal” is someone who breaks the law.  Illegal immigration refers to the act of foreign nationals violating U.S. immigration policies and national laws by entering or remaining in the United States without proper permission from the United States government.

Newsflash: violating the law is illegal.  Illegal behavior is a crime.  So if you’re breaking the law to get here or stay here, “criminal” is exactly what you are.

SEIU and Company

The real funny thing about the latest installment in the Sheer Silliness campaign: SB 1070 detractors decrying that the law is “unconstitutional.”  Excuse me?  When did they discover the Constitution?

Some of the most indignant SB 1070 rock-chuckers – like SEIU – are also rabid supporters of Obamacare, a “dumb idea” that’s unconstitutional on its face.  Funny how that doesn’t seem to bother any of them.  And while we’re on the subject, when did a minor detail like the Constitution stop Pelosi, Holder, Reid, Stark, Schumer, Berwick or Obama and the rest from advancing their economy-crippling, job-killing, freedom-stifling agenda?

There’s More

But wait.  There’s more.

As the LaborUnionReport notes on RS State: “… given the SEIU’s real intent to ultimately exploit the immigrant population, the Purple People Eaters have produced a full fledged propaganda video, worthy of Joseph Goebels himself.

Obeying the Law is “Extreme”?

LaborUnionReport is right.  According to SEIU, expecting people to obey the law is “extreme.”

Why Is That?

Also notice how SEIU and its ilk conveniently neglect to insert the word “Illegal” before “Immigrants”?  The distinction is crucial; the failure to make it can’t be chalked up to a mere ‘oversight.’

And what’s this about Arizona “declaring war” on Latinos and immigrants?  Get a grip.  This isn’t a “war” against any ethnicity or legal immigrants.  This is a “war” about the Rule of Law in the American landscape.  After all, if our leaders don’t follow, respect, or obey the Rule of Law, why should anyone else?  Why enter the country legally when it’s so much easier to just hop over a fence?  If the law means nothing, why expect the feds to enforce it – or the “Chief Executive” to do his job?

“And when the last law is down…”

In Robert Bolt’s jurisprudential classic, A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More illustrates how the law is perverted and nullified when it’s used for utilitarian ends. To his son-in-law who suggests “cutting down every law in England” to “get after the Devil,” More replies:

“And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws… And if you cut them down, … do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?”

What Winds Will Then Blow?

At its core, the battle over SB 1070 is a battle over the Rule of Law.  America is either a nation of laws or it’s not.  This is a “slippery slope” indeed.  If illegal immigration is allowed to continue unabated and the federal government refuses to perform its constitutionally mandated duties, which law is ignored next?  If the Rule of Law is trampled today, which freedom falls tomorrow?

If the Constitution can be nullified or ignored at will and the Rule of Law “cut down” any time it becomes inconvenient or poses an obstacle to advancing an elitist agenda du jour, then who can stand upright – and how will tyranny be forestalled?  What winds will blow then?


For further reading:

The Law – Frederic Bastiat

Birthright Citizenship? – Mark Alexander