What is a Law?– by Michael Loeb
What is a Law? And what happens when we fail to enforce them?
We need to understand what is meant by the term ‘law’.
There are the scientific laws encompassing the way the universe interacts within itself. There is ‘Natural Law’ things that are determined by nature. Laws of Economics, Laws of Physics, The Ten Commandments, the laws given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai after the Jews left Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, many of which have become the basis for civil society. Thou shall not kill; thou shall not steal, etc. You know the rest. However, the laws I am talking are the rules which a civil society lives by and why an uncivilized society is considered lawless.
What makes people obey a law? Any law? Fear of the pain of consequence for failing to comply. The consequence could be anything from a monetary fine for illegal parking to execution for capital crimes.
A few hundred years ago, the main consequence of breaking the rules of civil society was Hell. The church served as the department of justice. If you broke the rules you were bound for Hell for all eternity.
Today, now that we are no longer allowed to discuss religion or faith, belief in a higher power is not politically correct. No God, therefore no Heaven, and certainly no Hell. Only the here and now exists. Take what you can, when you’re gone nothing matters.
So, we can only rely on our earthly means of regulating behavior. I am speaking of jail; loss of freedom, disgrace for you and your family. “Doing hard time.”
If you walked into a casino and played a game where if you won you won, but if you lost you still got to keep your initial bet what would you do? Well, initially your behavior wouldn’t change. You would still bet conservatively because you have been conditioned to know that if you lose, you lose.
That is called ‘risk’, and a very integral part of the risk/reward equation that has existed since animals had the mental capacity to think and evaluate every situation. Should I buy that stock? Can I afford to lose my investment? Should I try to stretch this double into a triple? What if I make the third out and kill the rally? Should I ask that cute girl to the prom? What if she says ‘no’?
When you realize that even when you lose, the chips in front of you remain. You will eventually bet larger amounts, as you can earn bigger sums without the risk of losing. With zero risk, you would be willing to bet amounts of money you would have never before allowed yourself to risk.
Zero risk. That is what we have today. Zero risk, lawlessness. Nothing controlling behavior because there is no danger of risk. No fear of the pain of consequence. Look at every scandal that has occurred since Obama has been elected. Benghazi; Fast and Furious; Solyndra, et al.; AP / Fox News; IRS; Sebelius demanding donations from companies HHS regulates; leaking sensitive information; so many that I can’t even list them all. Throughout them all, name a single person that has been held accountable. I’m not talking jail time, no one has even been fired. Zero risk.
Let’s be fair, every administration has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar from time to time. I’m old enough to remember when Richard Nixon was forced to resign because people that worked for him broke in to the offices of the DNC and stole some files. At the time, the attempted cover-up of “Watergate” was so big and so important in our nation’s mind that it actually changed the language. Adding “gate” as a suffix to make a word into something scandalous, i.e. Bridge-gate.
Yet today we are living under such an onslaught of offenses by this administration that by the time you get a full understanding of the Who What Why and How of one event, you’re 3 events behind and it’s old news. As a White House staffer said to Mike Wallace during an interview, “Dude, that was like two years ago.”
Obama has held true to his campaign promise. He has surely fundamentally transformed America.
Want answers to these scandals? Put someone in cuffs, let them do the “perp walk”, strip Lois Lerner of her government pension. You can plead the fifth, Ms. Lerner, but as your employers, we feel that you’ve violated your terms of your employment. No pension for you.
When you’ve applied enough pain to the small fish, the bigger fish will fry. This has been the basis of good police work for 100’s of years. It would work today.
– Michael Loeb / June 2014