President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Ours is a government of liberty, by, through and under the law. No man is above it, and no man is below it."

Everyday someone makes a decision to do something that is prohibited or outright wrong. Many people choose to exercise logic by not crossing that line, while there’s no stopping others from simply doing what they want.

In this country, there are laws, rules, and regulations to oversee just about everything. Sometimes we might not like these rules. For the most part people just don’t like being told what to do—it defines not being able to do what they want. But this is not feasible since society is deemed civil and by law governed by men we have rules set to follow.

Laws are rules that are governed to unite all people living in a community. Laws exist to protect ones general safety, and ensure ones rights as citizens against being harmed by other people, organizations, and by the government itself. In a nutshell—laws are set in place to protect ones general safety. Such laws exist at the local, state and national levels.

Do you know the 5 Rules of law?

  • Rule of Law 1: The American commitment to the rule of law means that every citizen is governed by the same laws, applied through a fair and equal judicial process to resolve disputes peacefully.

  • Rule of Law 2: Faithfulness to the rule of law allows us to live in a civil society in which everyone’s rights are respected; where each of us is guaranteed liberty and equality of opportunity.

  • Rule of Law 3: As citizens we respect the laws because they are clearly communicated and fairly enforced. Everyone is held accountable to the same laws, and those laws protect our fundamental rights. This is the foundation of the rule of law in the United States.

  • Rule of Law 4: The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are engraved on the front of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C... These words embody the ideal of the RULE OF LAW, which is at the heart of our American democracy.

  • Rule of Law 5: In the United States, we have written laws in place to help us settle disagreements peacefully through a fair system of justice. It is the job of the courts to interpret the laws. It is up to judges and juries to decide if we have indeed broken the law.