When pushed beyond the limits of their own justifications, agents acting on behalf of arbitrary authority can only resort to meaningless tautology.
Rosa Parks: “Why do you push us around?” Officer: “I don’t know but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”
Quiet Strength: the faith, the hope, and the heart of a woman who changed a nation. Reflections by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1994. p23.
Sorry, officer. The law is not always The Law.