Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The rule of law

We're at the point in Autumn's life where we have to begin to set down rules. Call it the rule of law. She's not allowed to dance on the table. She's not allowed to pick up the phone. She can't get everything she wants.

Admittedly, it's awfully cute to watch her dance on the table, but we can't allow it. There needs to be rules. And consequences. Meltdowns be damned.

At least, that's the theory. Only yesterday, the Senate of this country gave retroactive immunity to telecom companies who broke the law. It's not even open for debate that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint broke the law. You don't give retroactive immunity to someone who's innocent. Thus, it's all in the framing of the immunity. The President calls them Patriotic companies because they helped him fight terror. The problem with that is simple: if you believe what they did was good and right, then there should be no need to grant them immunity.

And yet, immunity was granted.

People reading this might think this is an incredible stretch to make. Us telling Autumn no and then holding her to a no doesn't compare to the delicate action of the government, whose role it is to enforce the laws of the land.

Perhaps it's a stretch. But I've been thinking a lot about the rule of law in this country, and at the same time, we're making attempts at setting down rules for Autumn. The blog was always meant to talk about Autumn's life in context with what's going on in the rest of the world.

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