The law says what is legal. Now just because something is legal today doesn’t mean it will be legal tomorrow. If the law changes tomorrow that is because law makers decided what is legal has changed. But laws are not left up to the interpretation of those who are under the law. (unless there is a system in place, like judges whose job is to interpret the law).
PaulSacramento wrote: That makes the law subjective Ken.
I disagree. If you look at the link I provided, just as a news report is objective, the Law is as well. Just because something is capable of changing doesn't mean it is subjective. What is it about the law that gives you the impression it is subjective?
And what defines what is legal or not Ken? and you can't saw the law because that is circular reasoning.,
What defines what is legal? There is usually a system in place for that; Lawyers, Judges, Jury, etc.
PaulSacramento wrote: So, even though people subjectively decide what is right and therefore legal,
No. As I said before, there is a big difference between what is believed to be right vs what is compromised in order to make legal. Example; if you and I are both lawmakers with a different set of morals, you might consider Gay marriage immoral but believe having a Christian holiday (christmas) recognized as a federal holiday as the right thing to do. I might consider having a christian holiday recognized as a federal holiday as wrong, but consider gay marriage the right thing to do. Because we have to agree on laws, I might be willing to compromise on the religious holiday if you are willing to compromise on gay marriage. So at the end of the day we both end up with some of what we want, and some of what we don't want, in order to get objective laws to be enforced.
PaulSacramento wrote: the Law is objective EVEN THOUGH it can be changed anytime by said people?
Yes! Why is this so difficult for you to understand?
PaulSacramento wrote: Ken, you keep using the word objective but I don't think it means what you think it means.
As I said before, objective means not based on personal opinions, beliefs, not influenced by extenuating circumstances, or biases.
Subjective means it is based upon and influenced by those things.
Example; if the law of the land says that it is illegal to smoke pot, your personal opinions, or beliefs about pot will not make it legal to smoke. Whatever extenuating circumstances you might dream up will not make it legal to smoke pot; if you smoke you will have to deal with the law because the law is objective; not subjective. As we’ve seen, the law could change tomorrow and pot becomes legal.
Consider the moral issue of lying. I say it’s wrong. But suppose the year is 1938 in Nazi Germany and the Gestapo is asking if you know where any Jews are hiding? Is it still wrong to lie? How about if it is today and instead of the Gestapo it is the police, and instead of Jews it is your friend who is hiding, but you suspect your friend is innocent and the police is crooked? Is it still okay to lie? This is an example of taking extenuating circumstances, personal biases, and beliefs into consideration before deciding the right thing (not the legal thing) to do.
Does this make sense to you? If not, what part do you not understand?