Our republic was founded on the principal of equal justice under the law. Without the rule of law, no free society can exist. For centuries previous to the establishment of the United States, primogeniture and powerful private cartels ruled the western world. Those of nobility or those linked to these cartels were truly above the law.
Our founding fathers broke from centuries of bondage enforced on the common man with the writing of the Constitution. This short document envisioned a country founded on virtue, integrity, and justice.