This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ent official is bound by law in his every official act. A private individual may do anything except that which is legally forbidden', a government official may do nothing except that which
is legally permitted.
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This is the means of subordinating “might” to “right.” This is the American concept of “a government of laws and not of men.”
ture of the laws proper to a free society and the source of its government’s authority are both to be derived from the nature and purpose of a proper government. The basic principle of both is...