and the most recent ones., didnt believe in it. They both believed that authorities could suspend law to enact some greater good, be it tazing people (a potentially fatal act) or Lincoln putting supreme court justices in jail because they said what he was doing was illegal. (and Lincoln was the most evil president in history imo)
So yeah, im crazy...i believe a contract is a contract. Be it government (the constitution) or person to person. You abide by your word.
In the government's case, this is largely toward the greater good, or at least thats how they sell it. Its usually because some small group of people are profiting from it. This is utilitarianism, the atheist morality, as opposed to say christian morality that every person is worthwhile (settling right there the difference between morality being religious)
For example...spock (utilitarian) goes the good of the many outweights the good of the few or the one. While kirk, as has actually been shown in fan movies, without the one, the whole galaxy may descend into really crappy things...either by doomsday machines or psionic overlord. Yeah theres movies of that beetches.
The problem with the greater good is it doesnt happen. Nazis, communists, socialists...their utopias didnt occur despite the hundreds of millions they killed to make it happen
so um lesson learned? nah were still going down that road today...
my most recent mention of the rule of law, is how international banks are thwarting it to make profits to inflate our currency which will lead to an inevitable collapse ( to whit 25% of world trade is now outside fiat currencies, because they know its going to collapse, bye bye dollahs)
terrorists kill less people than car accidents, we must cut back on our freedoms and let the government spy on us....really?