Ruling by fiat is a prescription for chaos and revolution. Houston Mayor Annise Parker is flirting with disaster with her executive order recognizing same-sex marriages. Texas law is clear on this issue – less than 10 years ago, 76% of Texans defined marriage in this state as between one man and one woman.
I’m often asked why Republicans are against “comprehensive immigration reform” that gives citizenship to people in the country illegally. The clear and simple answer is that Republicans respect the rule of law and recognize that ignoring and flaunting law will eventually result in the demise of any democratic society. We believe in the rule of law. From the US Army Counterinsurgency Handbook:
The presence of the rule of law is a major factor in assuring voluntary acceptance of a government’s authority and therefore its legitimacy. A government’s respect for preexisting and impersonal legal rules can provide the key to gaining it widespread, enduring social support. Such government respect for rules—ideally ones recorded in a constitution and in laws adopted through a credible, democratic process—is the essence of the rule of law.
For those of you that are praising Mayor Parker as “brave” and “heroic”, she is neither. She is, in point of fact, a gutless politician. Just over two weeks ago, the mayor won reelection with 57% of the vote. Yet during her campaign, she never once mentioned this issue. In fact, during every single one of her campaigns, she has downplayed her activist role in the lesbian community. Now that she has won the election, and is term limited with no future elections in sight for her in the city, she decides to break Texas law with an executive order. If she really were “brave” or “heroic”, she would have announced this decision before the start of early voting.
At some point, citizens will turn on a government that ignores the rule of law. Annise Parker will have played a role in that revolution.
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