There are those who believe The United States of America never was an exceptional country, and they act in ways that are consistent with that un-exceptionalism, thus contributing to self-fulfilling prophecy, because those individuals happen to be in places of national and state leadership. Let me explain.
When the Attorney General of our nation, or a state, can choose which laws they will enforce, and which they will not, we are no longer a nation ruled by law—one of the traits that have made us exceptional on the world stage. We are, instead, ruled by people where “might makes right.” This is standard operating procedure for un-exceptional third world countries, not a Constitutional Republic for which we have set the gold standard, at least until now.
Eric Holder’s choice not to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision signaling that they will not challenge states redefinition of marriage gave permission to the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane to choose not to defend Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage which is the law. This is not about “prosecutorial discretion.” It’s about refusing to uphold the Constitutions and the laws of the state and nation. In effect, the law becomes whatever those in power say it is. The King is the Law. Isn’t that what we supposedly “progressed” from in the sixteenth century? Whatever happened to “Lex Rex,” the Law is King?
If we continue down this path not only will we continue to regress legally, but we will also regress socially and culturally. Authentic marriage was a step up in world civilization that contributed to order, peace and prosperity of nations. When it is abandoned, even in the name of “progress,” it actually moves us backward. When those in power can choose which laws to defend, our legal system also takes a step backward.
World history is replete with accounts of tyrants who started out by changing laws unilaterally. God forbid we abandon the rule of law, or we will surely be exceptional no more.