America’s success has taught a lesson to historians. The “American experiment” has, from its very beginnings, required the rule of law. Respect for the law is at the core of our culture and is an essential pillar of American exceptionalism. Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution in significant part to enshrine the rule of law, and they designated the document itself as “the supreme Law of the Land.”
When laws that are on the books are ignored, it breeds contempt for the law. If laws are not enforced, many people get the impression that obeying the law is optional. It is no longer a moral obligation; it is now but a business decision, in which they may weigh the risk against the potential for profit.
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