The law and the trap
Author: P. Fernando Pascual, L.C | Source: Catholic.net
Plato had noticed the enormous danger that arose when a lousy ruler came to power. At the same time, it was clear that through good laws it would be possible to control more or less effectively the damage of that ruler, even to dismiss him.
The problem is that the laws are often subjected to the will of the ruler. Sometimes, because he's a trap-based man. In other cases, because it has the support of a parliament that changes the laws according to the tyrant's taste.
The idea that "the one who makes the law traps" reflects a sad reality: that of the force of the ambitious who, without scruples, change what is necessary in the laws or their applications to act according to their whims or according to aggressive ideologies.
That is why it is so important to establish control mechanisms in the States so that dangerous people do not reach the power, or to avoid to the maximum the damages that could cause if reached to govern.
Unfortunately, neither the best mechanisms are enough to stop a bad ruler, because those mechanisms are in the hands of fragile men who can succumb to fear or bribery.
But if society has a very high percentage of attentive and proactive people, willing to react to any danger of changing laws in favor of unscrupulous rulers, there will be more room to act against tyrants.
Human history is tinged with tears and blood provoked by ambitious, selfish rulers who lack respect for the basic principles of justice and truth.
Surely also in the present and in the future there will be new evil rulers capable of causing much damage. But we hope in God that there are also many honest officials and thousands of people on the street willing to defend good laws that guarantee the justice and peace we need so much.