Dec. 28, 2011 - The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law

In Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886) we read:

"For the very idea that one man may be compelled to hold his life, or the means of living, or any material right essential to the enjoyment of life at the mere will of another seems to be intolerable in any country where freedom prevails, as being the essence of slavery itself. . . .Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but, in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts. And the law is the definition and limitation of power."

"...that one man may be compelled to hold his life, or the means of living, or any material right essential to the enjoyment of life at the mere will of another seems to be intolerable in any country..."

Is this not the case when a group of people in Ottawa or Toronto or any other provincial capital, take an acknowledged right and declare it to be a privilege which is now illegal, unless we purchase a licence from them—be it fishing, boating, hunting, travelling, purchasing and owning a firearm, or whatever?

"sovereignty itself remains with the people"

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