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Rules and Regulations: The Rule of Law

Written by  DAVID K. DUNLAP

President John Adams once said, “We are a nation of laws, not of men.” While the statement is foundational to the fourth amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, it is broader in interpretation and is not unique to American history. The “rule of law” dates back to ancient Grece, the idea that government is best administered with legislated laws rather than by rule through divine appointment. This concept is international and applies to free, civilized societies. As a government matures it is natural to expect the establishment of rules and regulations to guide the nation, protect the health and well-being of its citizens, stimulate commerce, support transportation, and control and secure financial systems. Regulatory bodies implement mandates and assess and govern the performance and stature of the entities impacted by regulations. Adherence may involve taking select action or refraining from certain behavior. This usually is not voluntary, and non-compliance can