Idaho Citizens for

Good Government

What IS Law?


The word “law” comes from old Norse and means “something that is well established”.

The “Common Law” is law basically derived from the biblical idea of law, that being, the Ten Commandments.

When was the last time God amended His law?

It has never changed.

When was the last time your city council, or county, or state, or national government changed the law?

Probably just about every chance they get – especially at the state and federal levels.

How can a law be an “established thing” if it is changed all the time?

Several years ago, a book was published called “3 Felonies a day” which purported that, on average, an American is guilty of violating a felony law about three times a day.

Ever heard the term “Indict a ham sandwich”?  It means you can drag just about anyone into court and sue them or accuse them of a crime regardless of who they are.

The fact is, by the very definition of the word, our country is not under “the rule of law” but under the “whims of men”.

Our state and federal legislatures have become a race to “get things done”.  A new representative arrives with a gamut of rules, committees, existing laws, and massive bureaucracy that forces them quickly into playing the “fix it” game of law.

It doesn’t seem to matter whether or not they know the constitution, much less the existing laws on the books.

They are immediately inundated with lobbyists and proposed legislation to review and decide on with very little time to truly evaluate what they must soon vote on.

Does this not strike you as a very poor way to treat “an established thing”?

The consequences of massively changing and complex law are significant.

  • Poorly thought out law
  • Self contradictory law
  • Unconstitutional law
  • Pork law
  • Pre-crime law
  • Bad law in general

When the law gets this bad, what does this do to your judical system of law?

  • Complicates decisions
  • Requires law degrees to practice law
  • Allows the judiciary to effectively create law by precedence
  • Makes using the justice system expensive
  • Makes justice take a long time
  • Delays the punishment of crime
  • Prolongs the stress of processing a prosecution
  • Requires ever-changing and multiple law dictionaries
  • Creates leagelese that is hard or impossible for the lay person to understand
  • Empowers lawyers with a monopoly on justice
  • Limits and Destroys Justice

Our country, indeed our world, doesn’t need more law, it needs simpler and more established laws that everyone can understand and apply.