“Rules” versus “Guidelines”
The difference between a “Rule” and a “Guideline” is important…and increasingly blurred.
“Rule”, as a noun, is defined as:
“an authoritative regulation for action, conduct, method, procedure, arrangement, etc.”
i.e., something you MUST or MUST NOT do…and there are consequences if you do not comply.
“Guideline”, on the other hand, is defined as:
“an official recommendation indicating how something should be done or what sort of action should be taken in a particular circumstance”
i.e., something you SHOULD or SHOULD NOT do, but there are no official “consequences” if you ignore the guideline.
This matters, because increasingly the Left is interchanging the two words…and the consequences for all of us are startling. The recent example of the Kindergartener whose lunch was confiscated is a small but telling example. There is an FDA “Guideline” for School Lunches. But a Lunch Nazi at a North Carolina school decided it was a RULE…and enforced it as such.
I watched last night as the head of a “Progressive” think-tank (oxymoron) kept arguing over & over & over that “Americans WANT guidelines”…and then in the next sentence he would switch the word “guidelines” for “rules” and conclude: “So we have to be able to enforce these RULES”. WTF??
Yes, most Americans like “guidelines”. The directions on the back of a Brownie Mix box are GUIDELINES. If you want to over or under bake your brownies…or add chocolate chips when the mix doesn’t call for them…you CAN. For now, at least…until the “Brownie Police” start enforcing the RULES on proper Brownie baking.