The government of the United States of America has
endured and flourished through good times and bad
times. Its rules, legislation and customs have changed
over more than two centuries, but it has consistently
proceeded as a government of laws. This has provoked
those who have opposed some laws to work to repeal or
change them. It has caused elected and appointed
officials to operate within them, even if they did not
always agree with them. Some misbehavior did occur,
and trespasses took place. Occasionally, officials
were prosecuted or removed for office for operating
outside them. But overall, Americans play by the rules.
Today, in Washington, DC, a new phenomenon has
appeared. This government by mood says that if the
rules stand in the way, just ignore them.