It has been rightly said that the business of America is business. But a people without principle ultimately find themselves in chaos. The American system is founded on the principle that the rule of law applies to everyone regardless of status, wealth or position: all men and women, from the President, to the banker to the everyday citizen stand equal before the law, and are judged by the same standards. John Adams once wrote that the United States was to be “a government of laws, not of men,” drawn from the ideas of Samuel Rutherford and others who believe that the law was king, not the other way around. This idea is what sets us apart from too many other places around the world where regime elites and ruling classes survive on the backs of many who live in either fear or squalor.

This nation is the greatest on earth because it is designed to allow everyone an equal opportunity to achieve, or fail. However, with financial and moral corruption reaching into the very depths of prominent institutions that are supposed to hold our trust, we must make a renewed effort to ensure that the system and the law are protecting us from those who place the almighty dollar ahead of everyone who might stand in their way. That means real reform in Washington and investigating abuses to financial regulations among Congressmen. It requires fiscal reform that prevents the taxpayer from being used as a backstop for failed private enterprises. It means strengthening investigative regimes and tougher sentences for white collar crime. It might actually mean a proverbial “death sentence” for college programs who put sports ahead of innocent children.

Together, Americans must send a message to all those with fiduciary responsibility, either in Washington, in state governments, on Wall Street or in our educational institutions, that they will be punished for thinking they are above the law.

America will collapse if those who truly believe that nothing is sacred are allowed set separate standards for themselves. If the broad populace continues to see a small, wealthy, power class running amuck with few if any consequences, Americans will lose confidence in our public institutions and cease to believe that they live in a truly free society founded on the principle of equal justice under the law. If we really believe in the idea of e pluribus unum, that we are one people, one nation, then there must be one standard by which all are judged and held accountable. For America to continue to be a free society, there can be no untouchable Americans.

Ned Ryun is President of American Majority, a leading national conservative grassroots training organization. To learn more visit