The reality, however, is that laws are human constructs, just as imperfect as their creators. The founders of this country understood the dynamic between law and citizens, which is why we have amendments.
Some of the most heinous acts in human history have been perpetrated in the name of the rule of law. During the Salem witch trials, citizens were sentenced to death based on mass hysteria, fabrications and vendettas. Slavery was legal. Only a generation ago, it was illegal for African-Americans to drink from the same water fountains as whites.
Railing against the laws of the time, civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “We should never forget that everything that Adolf Hitler did in Germany was legal.”