The Rule of law is sacred to the left, except when it’s not

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The Rule of law is sacred to the left, except when it's not

Cap­tain Dar­ling: So you see, Black­ad­der, Field Mar­shal Haig is most anx­ious to elim­i­nate all these Ger­man spies.
Gen­eral Melchett: Filthy Hun weasels fighting|their dirty under­hand war
Cap­tain Dar­ling: !And, for­tu­nately, one of our spies
Gen­eral Melchett: Splen­did fel­lows, brave heroes,|risking life and limb for Blighty.

Black Adder Goes Fourth Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal 1989

As I recall it was a mere week ago that the left was beside itself at Judge Roy Moore dar­ing to defy fed­eral courts claim­ing:

So the chief jus­tice, never shy about tak­ing on a fight, even a los­ing one, acted. He fired off a mis­sive to state pro­bate judges to refuse the mar­riage licenses to gay cou­ples, say­ing they weren’t bound to adhere to the rul­ing of the fed­eral judge who declared Alabama’s gay mar­riage ban unconstitutional.

this has led to an ethics com­plaint by the lib­eral South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter and sites on the left have been full of accu­sa­tion and out­rage

The Bot­tom line is the left is absolutely beside itself that Moore a state judge would defy a fed­eral rul­ing and have made it clear that such a stance is not to be tol­er­ated in a law-​abiding America.

Unless of course it’s a rul­ing they don’t like:

But per­haps more unset­tling to sup­port­ers of con­sti­tu­tional checks and bal­ances is the find­ing that 43% of Democ­rats believe the pres­i­dent should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of vot­ers in Pres­i­dent Obama’s party dis­agree, com­pared to 81% of Repub­li­cans and 67% of vot­ers not affil­i­ated with either major party.

Allah Pun­dit com­ments:

Once you tell the pres­i­dent it’s cool to ignore court rul­ings if it’s “impor­tant,” you might as well pass an enabling act and hand him supreme power. Forty-​three per­cent of Democ­rats, an actual plu­ral­ity, didn’t flinch, though. And the irony is, Obama’s own defenses of his power grabs aren’t much more sophis­ti­cated than that. His ratio­nale for exec­u­tive amnesty is that Con­gress is hope­lessly grid­locked, the legal limbo that ille­gals find them­selves in is intol­er­a­ble, and we’ve now reached a point of cri­sis (a polit­i­cal cri­sis for the White House, not a pol­icy cri­sis) that sim­ply demands exec­u­tive action. It’s cru­cially impor­tant that he act uni­lat­er­ally and that he act now, even though he can’t quite explain — again, on pol­icy terms — why that is. Just trust him. It’s impor­tant. And Democ­rats do, includ­ing and espe­cially the core Demo­c­ra­tic con­stituen­cies of women, young adults, and minorities.

This might seem a con­tra­dic­tion to most of us but as this is one of the advan­tages of a phi­los­o­phy whose pri­mary dri­ver is ends jus­ti­fy­ing means.

Captain Darling:  So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshal Haig is most anxious to eliminate all these German spies.
General Melchett:  Filthy Hun weasels fighting|their dirty underhand war
Captain Darling:   !And, fortunately, one of our spies
 General Melchett:  Splendid fellows, brave heroes,|risking life and limb for Blighty.

Black Adder Goes Fourth General Hospital 1989

As I recall it was a mere week ago that the left was beside itself at Judge Roy Moore daring to defy federal courts claiming:

So the chief justice, never shy about taking on a fight, even a losing one, acted. He fired off a missive to state probate judges to refuse the marriage licenses to gay couples, saying they weren’t bound to adhere to the ruling of the federal judge who declared Alabama’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

this has led to an ethics complaint by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center and sites on the left have been full of accusation and outrage

The Bottom line is the left is absolutely beside itself that Moore a state judge would defy a federal ruling and have made it clear that such a stance is not to be tolerated in a law-abiding America.

Unless of course it’s a ruling they don’t like:

But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree, compared to 81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

Allah Pundit comments:

Once you tell the president it’s cool to ignore court rulings if it’s “important,” you might as well pass an enabling act and hand him supreme power. Forty-three percent of Democrats, an actual plurality, didn’t flinch, though. And the irony is, Obama’s own defenses of his power grabs aren’t much more sophisticated than that. His rationale for executive amnesty is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, the legal limbo that illegals find themselves in is intolerable, and we’ve now reached a point of crisis (a political crisis for the White House, not a policy crisis) that simply demands executive action. It’s crucially important that he act unilaterally and that he act now, even though he can’t quite explain — again, on policy terms — why that is. Just trust him. It’s important. And Democrats do, including and especially the core Democratic constituencies of women, young adults, and minorities.

This might seem a contradiction to most of us but as this is one of the advantages of a philosophy whose primary driver is ends justifying means.