The Rule of Law

Kris Kobach taking the oath of office (Source:

Kris Kobach taking the oath of office (Source:

Phil Jensen


At the Pro-Family Legislators Conference, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spoke on the topics of illegal immigration and voter fraud, and what states can do about these problems.

Kobach rightly said that calling an illegal alien an “undocumented immigrant” is like calling a thief an “undocumented owner.” Well said!

He said there are three similarities between the topics of illegal immigration and voter fraud that many people might not realize. The first similarity is that they are both about the rule of law.

Rick Kriebel 2016


“It’s the rule of law that is the very basis for America. If you think about it, ours was the first constitutional republic with a written constitution binding government. And the rule of law is, of course, the rule of law rather than the rule of man. But the constitution is nothing more than the principle that the government itself has to abide by a higher law. And so we have a series of laws. The constitution should be subservient and compliant with the law of God. The government should be compliant with–the statutes of America, both federal and state–should be compliant with the constitution. It’s all about the rule of law.”

pullquoteIndeed. John Adams made it clear that the intent of the founders was that America be “a government of laws, and not of men.” When what passes for “the rule of law” is the whim of men, the people suffer, because those in authority are not bound by any authority higher than themselves. That is why the president, senators and representatives, and many other government officials swear an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution–it is their higher authority, and their wishes and opinions are subservient to the dictates of the U.S. Constitution. Military members also swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, as do naturalized citizens. It is the highest law of our nation, second only to the Law of God.

It is the fact that the rule of law is being undermined that makes me so angry when our elected officials–at both the state and federal level–ignore the rule of law.  Because when they show disregard or contempt for the rule of law, they show disregard or contempt for the foundation of America and the American way of life itself.

If you care about America, you ought to care about the rule of law. And when the rule of law is brazenly trampled as is being done to it at both the state and federal level, you ought to be ticked off, too.  If you aren’t righteously angry when the rule of law is treated with contempt, there is something wrong with you.

Woodrow Wilcox


As is always the case with anger, do not let it lead us to sin and wrong-doing, but rather it should fuel us and push us to work to see that the rule of law is returned to its proper place of respect. That can include anything and everything from correcting error when we see it spoken, to encouraging our elected officials to do what is right, to working against those elected officials when they choose to do what is wrong, to supporting candidates who will uphold the rule of law, and maybe even running for office ourselves.

Without the rule of law, freedom dies and the people suffer. We have already seen this process begin in America, as our elected officials show their contempt for the U.S. Constitution and laws we already have on the books. When “we the people” let them get away with this lawless behavior, they feel more entitled to do as they see fit–not as the Constitution sees fit.

Let’s return the United States to the rule of law. Let’s ensure it is once again “a government of laws, and not of men.”

Please, take 27 minutes out of your day and listen to what Kobach said about the rule of law. I guarantee you won’t regret it.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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