ROLR tweaks Candidate Pledges for clarity.

2010 April 26
by ruleoflawrestoration

After hearing from a number of meticulously-conscientious candidates, it has become apparent that the original wording in paragraph 3 of each of the candidate’s pledges was ambiguous as to the meaning of the “rule of law”.  Here is the relevant excerpt from the original paragraph:

I will follow the Rule of Law, and not the rule of popular opinion.  Should the law prove inadequate or unjust, I will work to change the law accordingly, but shall obey it strictly until it is lawfully changed.

It now reads:

I will obey the Constitution or Charter that created my office, and not the rule of popular opinion.  Should that Constitution or Charter prove inadequate or unjust, I will work to amend it lawfully as needed, but shall obey it strictly until it is lawfully changed.

The confusion that was voiced centered around just what law was referred to by “Rule of Law”.  The new version gives it the clarity that it deserves.

We are terribly sorry that such a change was necessary, yet it seemed wise to make the change while it is still early, rather than to let the ambiguity continue.  Those candidates who have already signed the earlier pledge do not necessarily have to do anything; their pledges, as signed, are posted for viewing on each candidate’s Pledge Announcement article.  Any of those candidates who prefer the clarified pledge, however, are free to sign it and to have it replace the earlier version.

Our thanks go out to those whose quest for clarity and exactitude made this ambiguity apparent!

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