The Professor: What Happened to the Rule of Law?

A fictional discourse between a learned political science professor and his students.

“I can’t believe it is mid-July. The older I get, the faster time flies by. Something is wrong with the physics of time measurement. As I get wiser with age and think I’ve more to write, time reminds me, ‘No, you must be even more selective.’

“Okay. I got it. But the ‘rule of law’ is one of our most important principles and I must make a few comments for my students — past, present, and future. When I watch the “news” or follow events online, I’m struck by the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ nature of the political discourse. It seems everything must be investigated by everyone. We used to investigate crimes. Now we have the pinnacle of our law enforcement system, a special consul, investigating everything, searching for a crime that has not been identified. Without a broadly accepted and understood crime, how can the massive authorities and resources of a special consul be authorized?

“Or perhaps a more relevant question might be how can it not be authorized when clear rules and laws have been repeatedly broken and massive evidence has been collected and ignored? I think the only honorable course for Mr. Mueller, our special consul, to take is to immediately describe the crime and continue his work or state there is no crime to investigate and go back to history’s dustbin. Or he could pick up the investigation of the Clintons’ action in transferring a significant portion of American uranium to Russia through a Canadian company with payment reportedly being paid to the Clinton Foundation via grants and six-figure payments for speeches made by our former president while his wife was the secretary of state allegedly processing these actions through her private email server. This activity certainly is beyond a charge of collusion and closer to graft and corruption. What about the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the fast and furious arms deal involving the border patrol and secret meetings between the attorney general and a former president in a period when his wife’s actions were a ‘matter’ of interest to the FBI?

“We have moved from a place where nothing was investigated to where serious investigations are underway without a crime being defined. When the ‘rule of law’ is corrupted, we are on a very dangerous path to a place where the law does not apply to everyone but can be used to attack political figures and organizations. Both the progressives and the Republicans share the blame for this, one for being too aggressive and the other of being too timid.”

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