What is the "rule of law"?
The Headline: HomeNews News Obama's aunt now says she has right to US citizenship By Anthony Karanja,Posted Tues. Sept 21, 2010 US President Barack Obama's aunt, who was granted asylum in the in May, believes being an immigrant, the had an obligation to make her a citizen. Ms Zeituni Onyango, 58, a half-sister of President Obama's father, was speaking to a Boston TV station in her first interview since a judge ruled she could remain in the ."If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen," she told WBZ-TV.
The Law: The rule of law is a legal maxim according to which no one is immune to the law. The phrase has been used since the 17th century, but the concept can be traced to ancient Greece. Aristotle put it this way: "law should govern". In ancient Roman Law, a sovereign was personally immune (legibus solutus), but people with grievances could sue the treasury. Source: Wikipedia
The Thinking: The government certainly does not have an obligation to make Ms. Onyango a citizen. In fact. she is still a long way from even being eligible to apply for citizenship. After a foreign national is granted political asylum, they must wait for one before they can apply for lawful permanent residence "green card". A grant of asylum can be revoked for a number of reasons included changed country conditions in the country from which the asylee sought asylum from. Once an asylee becomes a lawful permanent resident they must wait five years before they can apply for citizenship (three years if married to a citizen). The obligation is hers to petition the government for citizenship, and she bears the burden of proving that she is eligible for that honor. No one is above the law not even the aunt of the President of the United States.
The Answer: (all of the following are acceptable answers) Everyone must follow the law. Leaders must obey the law. Government must obey the law. No one is above the law.