The Importance Of The Rule Of Law

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Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor stated, “I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights.”. Throughout the process of establishing America's government, John Locke’s view was that all citizens have certain natural rights that must be protected, as well as rights that may be given up in exchange for protection by the government. The United States’ commitment to the rule of law establishes that both those who govern and those who are being governed must obey the law and are subject to the same laws. In Federalist Paper # 62, James Madison stated, “A government with unpredictable and arbitrary laws poisons the blessings of liberty itself.” The Constitution created America's national government and major laws and ensured certain essential rights for its residents. The rule of law ensured an essential right for the citizens that all must comply with the law and are liable to the same laws. The Founding Fathers wanted to ensure that the King of England was not above the law, therefore, the creation of the Magna Carta establishes that no matter who you are, no one is above the law. Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution states, “The Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land.” The rule of law means that all citizens have to follow the law unconditionally based on essential principles that govern the nation. It protects the rights of minority
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