Nation of laws
This is possibly derived from a John Adams quote
A government of laws and not of men
from one of his arguments that Great Britain’s treatment of American colonists violated their rights under British law.
The German philosopher Hegel also said that a nation had to be governed not by men but by laws, because they can’t be corrupted by personal interests.
Frank Zappa had a slightly different take:“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.”
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