Man Reading (John Singer Sargent)

Man Reading (John Singer Sargent)

The importance of “rule of law” as a foundation for a constitutionally governed society cannot be overstated. The US is made up of citizens (and non-citizens) from every part of the world with a wide range of religious and political beliefs. Our people often have competing interests and even competing rights. Our Constitution both guides our government and ensures our individual rights. But without the rule of law, these Constitutional protections mean very little. This week I offer three articles, ranging from the scholarly to the practical, demonstrating this.

In “Rule of Law: The Great Foundation of Our Constitution,” Matthew Spalding provides both a history and an argument demonstrating the value of the rule of law. Troy Senick offers commentary on the current state of this foundation in “The long, slow death of the rule of law in America.” Finally, direct evidence of the conflict between political influence and the rule of law can be seen in Elise Cooper’s account, “Fighting Back Against Abuse of Power.”

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From Scott Walker’s foreign policy speech given at the Citadel, August 28, 2015:

Chinese construction activity building artificial islands on a series of disputed reefs

President Obama’s “pivot” to China has resulted in increasingly protectionist trade policies, growing Chinese militarization, massive cyber attacks originating from China and renewed political ties between China and Russia. In other words, the typical results from this administration’s weak, ineffective foreign relations policies.

Both Governor Scott Walker and Senator Marco Rubio have responded to the recent cyber attack and the economic effects of China’s devaluation of the yuan. You can read Governor Walker’s commentary here and Senator Rubio’s commentary here.

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Last week, four unarmed Americans saved a trainload of European passengers from an armed terrorist. You can read about the attack here and here.

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The AP has made available draft text of the side deal that allows Iran to supply it’s own evidence of compliance to the IAEA. The IAEA then will then “ensure the technical authenticity.” How they do that without direct evidence is anybody’s guess. The text of the agreement is available here.