Sometimes I watch too much television. OK, so it’s more than sometimes but what can I say, I’m boring. So the other night I was watching a show and it was about a doctor that was harvesting the organs of kids who had died for transplant into sick kids. The only problem was that she wasn’t getting the permission of the parents of the children that had died.

Sometimes I watch too much television.  OK, so it’s more than sometimes but what can I say, I’m boring.  So the other night I was watching a show and it was about a doctor that was harvesting the organs of kids who had died for transplant into sick kids.  The only problem was that she wasn’t getting the permission of the parents of the children that had died.
When she was finally caught, she had forged the signatures of over 30 parents whose children had died and didn’t know what the doctor was doing.  During the course of the show the characters struggled with the ethics of what she was doing but not the doctor.  She basically said that we (the United States) were backward and she didn’t agree with the law that required permission, so she just did what she wanted to do.
She was ultimately convicted of 30 plus counts of forgery but the other characters pretty much agreed with her since she was saving the lives of other kids by choosing to ignore the law and deciding what was best.  At the end, even though it didn’t show the full conclusion, they were debating if she should even go to jail.
I will admit that this was a tough situation and I understood how someone could be conflicted.  But, that being said, where would we be as a nation if we were allowed to ignore the laws we didn’t like and then didn’t pay a penalty?  
Oh wait, that is exactly what is happening at this very moment in a variety of communities and states.  You have probably heard about them – they are referred to as sanctuary cities and in the case of California, an entire state.
For some reason the people in charge of these locations don’t like the country’s current immigration laws so they just ignore them.  And they don’t even try to disguise their actions.  And, now that the federal government is trying to hold them accountable they yell foul and scream discrimination.
I guess they got used to President Obama choosing which laws he wanted his Justice Department to enforce and which ones he didn’t.  But, now there is a new sheriff in town and they don’t like it.
In the past I have quoted the Jaycee Creed that says in part, “that government should be of laws rather than of men”.  Meaning that we kind of need to follow the laws that we have in place or change them but not just ignore them as if they didn’t exist.

Now, I have to admit that I am a lawbreaker.  I have a congenital defect in that my right foot is heavier than my left foot causing me to go maybe just a little bit over the speed limit at times.  Yes, I do sometimes ignore the law and, from time to time I have paid the price and I accept that result.

But the arrogant individuals in charge of sanctuary cities don’t want to pay the price, they just want to pick and choose which laws they will follow.  Don’t confuse this column with a diatribe on immigration because it’s not.  Rather it’s about understanding that in a nation of laws we have to follow the laws and can’t hold ourselves above those laws. Otherwise we have anarchy.  

In this country we cannot allow anyone the luxury of deciding for themselves which laws they will follow and which ones they won’t without paying the penalty for doing so.  And, it doesn’t really matter that they think that they are doing a better good for society because it doesn’t work that way.  At least not in the United States I grew up in.  Keep that in mind as you read about the sanctuary cities and the greater implications for our country.

Real quickly, as I’m rapidly running out of room in the column.  Just got back from a check-up at MD Anderson.  Long story short, the scans show that my disease has not significantly changed in the last year.  I still have the little buggers but they are stable and not growing.

And, the good news is that if they do start growing again, the FDA has just approved a new treatment for my type of cancer that has been done in Europe for 20 years with great results.  So, great report and I want to thank again everyone who has kept me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.  You can never fully know how much that means to me.

   
      


   

Kevin Wilson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.