Slowly but surely our nation lost the consistent application of the rule of law. Favored demographic groups (and the political class) became exempt or shielded from the law.
Judges were put in place to support this dual legal structure. This makes it very difficult to simply begin to consistently enforce the existing laws on the books, let alone new ones. Attempting to do so will bring cries of political retaliation because of the favor those groups curried from politicians. Judicial obstruction to applying the law is, and will become rampant.
Simply fully enforcing the law without warning after ignoring it for years is immoral. It does not recognize your responsibility in the matter and it can be viewed as entrapment. There is a way to do this however.
As a parent, I have allowed my children to occasionally step outside of the boundaries set in the home because of my own laziness or oversight. When that happens, I take responsibility. But the problem still has to be resolved.
First step is to acknowledge the mistake. Let the person affected know that you are responsible. Second step is to give them a grace period to readjust their behavior. They know that when the grace period is over, continuing to operate outside of the boundaries will bring appropriate consequences.
Maybe the President should involve Congress to do something similar. Cite specific laws that will be re-enforced for ALL (including and especially focused on government corruption). Give them an appropriate grace period to get their act together. Then, enforce the law consistently and fully.
Will some people “get away” with their crimes? Yes. But aren’t they already? We are attempting to fix a broken system that we were partially responsible for breaking.
Our primary goal should be to restore civility under our Constitution’s rule of law, not to punish those who are abusing the law due to our laziness. I suspect that many of those who brought us to this point of lawlessness cannot reform their behavior and will end up continuing in their behavior with appropriate consequences. Those however, who want to change their ways and reform their behavior have a chance to do so.
A shock and awe campaign of enforcing “law and order” will produce resentment, backlash, and violence. I believe this is a more just, moral, and peaceful way to solve our problem with lawlessness in this nation.