Rule of law, or rule of lawyers?

National Review
by Andrew C. McCarthy

05/27/09

Obama and the lawyers in his administration are fond of invoking the rule of law. Yet that golden standard stands on the conceit, honored more in the breach than in the observance, that ‘we are a nation of laws, not of men.’ It holds that there is an objective corpus of law — of the community’s reasoned consensus, shorn of passion, fear, or favor — under which we’ve agreed to be governed and to which those chosen to represent us owe their fidelity. It’s a nice ideal. Increasingly, though, our real governing standard is the one made infamous by the legendary litigator Roy Cohn: ‘Don’t tell me what the law is. Tell me who the judge is’...

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