Here’s the Oath of Office for the President of the United States:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The Constitution, Article II, section 3, laying out the duties of the President, lists:
he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed
Apparently, lurking in a penumbra of an emanation someplace invisible to all but Constitutional law professors, it adds: ‘unless he or she really, really doesn’t like the law, in which case he or she needn’t bother either with trying to get Congress to change the law like any other citizen, or letting the Supreme Court do its job and rule on the constitutionality of the law, but can just, you know, decide to uphold the law in the sense of pretending it doesn’t exist and having the Justice Department do likewise.’
My primary beef with the gay rights movement is that there’s an express assumption that if you take an ax to the root of our current civilization, what will spring up in its place will be a bouquet of surpassing sweetness and light, not, say, the Reign of Terror or the Cultural Revolution. Do the gay rights advocates not realize that, like Robespierre, their own personal Committee of Public Safety is going to put *their* necks on the block just as soon as it is expedient to do so? Do they think those seeking political power and using them as tools to get it really owe them any allegiance? If the power-hungry manage to get power in a world clear-cut of any of the cultural restraints that have grown up over the centuries to reign power in – such as rule of law, and the ideas that human life is sacred, and it is worthy and even expected that a good Christian citizen would lay down his life to defend his fellow citizens, even when his fellow citizen is a gay man – do gay rights advocates think they will be safe? The moment they cease to be useful to the power hungry, they will become just another irrelevant and annoying squeaky wheel – and, in the brave new world, squeaky wheels get the ax.
So, be careful about striking at the rule of law – it’s an annoyance when it keeps you from doing what you want, but it’s a literal life-saver when it keeps your opponents from doing what they want.