In fact any government, whether it be a dictatorship or democracy can enact laws. Thousands of laws are enacted everyday throughout the world. The enactment or pronouncement of a law in of itself means nothing in terms as to whether the law is just.
Before a law can be a true law, in the true sense, it must be based on the principals of justice. If the law is not based on the principals of natural law, the laws of God, it is not true law, but rather enforcement of capricious whims of the government, which enacted it. No true law, if it comports with justice can hurt the innocent, destitute, the disabled or vulnerable. If it does, it is a cruel distortion of the law.
Interesting, many people argue. that even in a democracy, if the people want a law, regardless of the harm, it is the will of the people, and accordingly, it is the law. This is not so, even in a democracy, democratic laws are passed which are evil, and are not true law. This of course was the philosopher of the famous English philosopher John Austin, who was the father of "positivism", a philosophy which has long been discredited by the likes of Adolph Hitler, who enacted, along with the Nazi parliament the "Nuremberg Laws", which legally made Jews and others non-citizens for purposed of German law. This of course was no different than the "laws" in this country, passed by the "democratic legislature" that delegated the African-American to non-citizens.
History has taught us all to often of laws being passed, both in a democracy and dictatorship which are evil. Without just laws there can be no peace and harmony in the world.
Passing more unjust laws and putting more and more people in prison is not the answer. It is time that we attempt to reverse this title wave of destruction with laws that are just for all, and heed the words of the ancient philosopher, that a law cannot be called a law, unless it manifests justice for all.
Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., Esq.
277 North Broad Street
P.O. Box 261
Elizabeth, N.J. 07207