Outraged that her husband refuses to champion her reputation, Guinevere confronts Arthur later that night, and the following exchange occurs:
Arthur to Guinevere: You [Lancelot and Guinevere] are the people I love best in the world.
Guinevere: Then why can't you defend me?
Arthur: The law! My laws must bind everyone, high and low, or they're not laws at all.
Guinevere: You are my husband.
Arthur: I must be king first.
Guinevere: Before husband?
Arthur: If need be.Arthur exemplifies the First Principle of the Rule of Law. He refuses to break his own law to ensure its integrity for the rest of his kingdom. It was a concept alien to his own wife, and to most of world history.
As Arthur explained, a law is not a law if it does not bind everyone - from the lowest person to the highest - from the janitor to the CEO, from the prisoner to the judge, from the taxpayer to the President. Thankfully, America has taken a different path - one in which the rule of law prevails and our leaders are bound by the laws they make.
To learn more about the rule of law, check out PatriotWeek and Americas Survival Guide.