Cook County prosecutors have dropped all charges against Jessie Smollet today.
This is a very bad thing.
Dropping the charges in such a high profile case severely undermines the Rule of Law.
There are a few foundational ideas that critical to the survival of our civilization. The Rule of Law is one of them, and you tamper with it at great peril.
John Adams described us as a "Nation of Laws, not a Nation of Men", and as The Patriot Post notes,
A nation of laws” means that laws, not people, rule. Everyone is to be governed by the same laws, regardless of their station; whether it is the most common American or Members of Congress, high-ranking bureaucrats or the President of the United States; all must be held to the just laws of America. No one is, or can be allowed to be, above the law.
This is obviously no longer true.
Who you are now matters more than the letter of the law.
Hillary Clinton fails to turn over official documents and does not get charged. Jame Clapper blatantly lies before Congress and does not get charged. Eric Holder conducts an illegal gun running operation, gets held in contempt of Congress, and does not get charged.
We rely on the legal system to support our civilization. We don't engage in tribal feuds, or vigilante justice. We all abide by the rulings and sentences of judges because we have one set of law to which we all agree and are all subject.
If that fundamental social contract breaks down, we are headed for very dark times. We already see what happens when there is no legal recourse for disputes in the drug gang infested areas of Chicago. Gang warfare that results in endless violence and death.
If the rest of country loses faith in the Rule of Law it will bring about civil war and the end of our civilization.