The Law and Compassion
In my last post I highlighted two men who found unity beyond race or differences. They found instead a great friendship. I want to once again share with you a speech made to hundreds of young people at Liberty University about the law and the meaning of the law. Our young people need to hear messages like this, as they evaluate what is right in our country; what to participate with in legal, peaceful protest and how the law is important in our lives.
The law is what keeps our democracy what it is…for all people. It is what separates us from the nations that are run by the Communist philosophy or dictators. It is what gives all people a level ground when facing an allegation of wrong doing. Our Constitution gives it the proper place. Our federal, state and local laws, when applied correctly, are all we have to keep us from complete tyranny or utter chaos.
Trey Gowdy’s speech illustrates, from his experience, as a prosecutor and with his personal knowledge of an American policeman. Today we are extremely concerned about those few law enforcers who over react, causing great harm or death. For most law enforcers, it has become another day of wondering if they will make it back home in the evening. We owe a great deal of gratitude to those who are brave enough to step out each day into that unknown world of violence and crime…doing their job with compassion. Their instantaneous decision making is beyond what any of us would want to experience when faced with someone who may take a life. These decisions will have grave consequences for many involved.
Here is what two, great Americans had to say about the law:
The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The following video has two speakers at this university. This post is only interested in sharing with you the speech by Trey Gowdy. If you want to continue hearing Senator Tim Scott’s talk to the students, that is good, but only as an added bonus.)
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