Law Day: Fifty Years of Celebrating the Rule of Law

by J. Cliff McKinney II |

“In 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned the now famous words that became the philosophical foundation of our nation: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Founders fostered this idea by forging our system of governance around the concept of the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law is the principal that the government must exercise power only in accordance with lawfully enacted and fully disclosed laws that apply equally to all citizens, regardless of rank, prestige or power. The Rule of Law defends against the arbitrary enforcement of laws characteristic of totalitarian governments like that from which the Founders declared our nation’s independence.”

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